THE WAIMATE PLAINS.
[by telegraph.] Haweba. May 15.
Th& Sawera and Normanby Star today publishes in full a scheme submitted by a large number of the members of the Armed Constabulary force now on the Waimate Plains for settling the native difficulty. They have applied to the Government for block 5 of the open agricultural land adjoining the native reserve, and so situated as to be considered most beneficial for the defence of the district, to be allotted as follows :—Officers, 400 acres each; sergeant-majors, 200 ; sergeants, 150 ; constables, 100 acres each, exclusive of reserves for roads, on the following conditions:—l. That companies of armed constabulary only should be formed of volunteers from the force, suitable men determined to settle upon the land. 2. Such companies to be not less than sixty strong, with a due proportion cf officers and non-commissioned officers. 3. That companies engage to occupy the land at once, or as soon as the Government can see fit. 4. That they will erect redoubts and defend themselves, and that part of the district in which their land may be situated. 5. That they will also be available for service as companies of the Armed Constabulary force on any part of the West Coast from the Waingongoro River to Stonv River. 6. Companies as regards discipline to be under the same regulations as the Armed Constabulary force are at present. 7. That such companies shall be considered companies of Armed Constabulary force, and receive the same pay as at present for a period of twelve months or longer if required from date of occupation, the Government to supply phem y/ith arms and ammunition, also with boots, &c., while employed on public qforks. §, That gompanies agree to pay to the Government the sum of L 3 per acre for the land, to be paid as follows. 9. That the Government retain one-half of their pay while serving as part of the constabulary, the balance to be paid on the deferred payment system, extending over ten years, the privilege of paying up the balance at the end of five years being allowed. 10. Government to allow ample reserves for timber, educational, and other purposes, and to issue Crown grants within six months after the payments have been completed. 11. That companies agree to reside on the lai d for a period of five years, and make improvements as required by the deferred payments system, and to be available for service as companies of volunteers in the district above mentioned, from the date they cease to draw pay till five years shall have expired. 12. That at the end of twelve months the lands shall be allotted by ballot, according to rank.
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