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v ll people who have travelled in the North Island, and seen the large areas full of noxious weeds agree that some legislation wag necessary to improve matters. For that matter we ore affected nearer homr, as the Little River township is spoilt by such a large portion of tbo flot being Maori ho , dings. The land i 3 never improved, and it seems a thousand pitieg that the railway line could not be carried further up, and Gooptown made the terminus of the line. In the North Island the position has been very bad, ag the Mftoris nave no obligation to pay ratea on their land, and are not forced fo clear tbeir properties of noxioug weedfi I' a Maori leases his land to a European, the pnkeha becomes af: once liable for the removal of the noxious weed" ) and this fact naturally deters the whites -from taking up the Maor leases, The Hon. W. H, Herrie?, on Friday, moved the second reading of the Native Lands Act Amendment Bill, the chief provision of which is to give the Maori the power to vest his land in the Crown, and tbo Crown can then deal with the pakeba. The Maori is also given more responsibility and freedom to deal with this land. He is placed on the same level as the while by having his holding limited to 5000 acres. The chief provision of the Bill which came in for abuse by tbo Opposition was that which limits the power of the Native Land Boards. The Crown is made to take up the work originally given to the Native Land Board?, and this seems a reasonable suggestion. For yearg it has been said that something would be d )oe to increase the utility of the many thousand acres of Native lands lying idle and full of weeds, and paying no rates. The Maori has been well safe guarded in the past, and he will be protected in the future, though he will be given many of the privilege oaly enjoyed by the pnkehas There 13 no doubt that the present position has proved untenable, and Iho new Bill promises some improvement. If the now clauses are found unworkable, their repeal wi'l b> only a matter of fcima, bat it would eeara that a partial solution has been discovered of one of the most difficult questions of the conscientious pab'ba.

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NATIVE LANDS., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXI, Issue 4353, 2 December 1913

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NATIVE LANDS. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXI, Issue 4353, 2 December 1913

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