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Although we have had occasion to express onrdissatisfaction at various matters connected with the Lands administration of the Hon. G. F. Richardson, we are glad to find that m connection with the lands comprised within the area of the Canterbury runs, the leases of which are now falling m, the Minister appears to be carrying oat the promises made during last session of Parliament. We have not yet seen all the classification maps which have been prepared as showiDg the division of the lands recommended by the Commission which has just completed its labors, bnt judging from the sheets referring to the country lying South of the Rangitata, and within which is comprised the Waimate Electoral District which have been forwarded to Major Steward, and presuming that the Commissioners have proceeded on uniform lines m other parts of Canterbury, the result appears to be generally satisfactory. Ihe rough country and! land at the higher elevations is included] m Class I, intended to be leased for' terms of from seven to twenty-one years as pastoral runs proper, while the land on the spurs of the hills, and at the lower elevations, is included m Class II and Intended to be opened for application m areas ranging from 900 to 5000 acres, and the lands suitable wholly or m part for agriculture are placed m Clasß HI and intended to be opened for application with choice of tenure under the amended Land Act. So far as the portion of South Canterbury to which the plans relate is concerned, the total area m the last mentioned class comprises, it would appear, so far as we can gather from the maps before us, a total area of about 30,000 acres, m blocks of various sizes, ranging from 15 acres up to 8800 acres, and situated m a great many different localities. Borne of these agricultural blocks will be found skirting Lake Tekapo, four or five on the margin of LakeTukaki, some three or four others on the banks of the Tasman, one on the Wold Station, Mackenzie Country, and another of 1700 acres about midway between that station and Lake Pukaki, another at Simon's Pass, another of 3800 acres at Ben Ohau, two or three on the Ashwick Flat, near the terminus of the Fairlie Creek railway, others on the south bank of the Rangitata, between Mount Peel and Mr Aeland's homestead, others scattered over the intervening country between Lake Tekapo, and the river Opihi, on the South, and the river Rangitata on the North. Others again will be found about eight miles to the west of Albury, and others from three to five miles north of Pudding Hill, Waihaorunga. There are also two or three blocks near the Akaterawa station, and others near the Whaleback. In Class II there is a much larger area, about 140,000 acres, the bulk of this country being at the base of the Hunters' Hills, at the base of the Four Peaks range, between Pleasant Valley and Sherwood Downs station, to the north and west ot Peel Forest station, to the east and south of Bnrke's township, and at the mouth of the Hakateramea river, the last named country consisting of the Station Peak run which is proposed to be divided into five holdings of from three thousand to five thousand acres each. Assuming that the work of the Commissioners has been carrried out similarly m the other * electorates, we think that the result trill be found satisfactory, and the settlement of the land m Canterbury greatly promoted. We have reason to believe that it is probable that the whole of the lands m Classes II and 111 will be withdrawn from the area of the runs proper before the date of the sale to be held at Cbristchurch on the 29th inst, and that Hie land so withdrawn will thereafter be thrown open to the public with choice of tenure under the amended Land Act. We hope that this will be the case, and that m order to give everyone who desires to take up land a fair chance, the Minister will take care that m accordance with his promise to Parliameni last session, all the maps and plant shall be readily accessible to the publu at every centre of population, and tha / list 3of the lands thrown open will h advertised widely and fully, andespeciall; In the districts m which the lands ar situated. We may add that the plan Above referred to can be seen at ou office, and we understand that those fo Ashburton district are advised as oi their way and will doubtless be on m ■pection at the County Chambers m : . day or two.

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CLASSIFICATION OF THS RUNS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2093, 20 March 1889

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CLASSIFICATION OF THS RUNS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2093, 20 March 1889