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Bay OF PLENTY TIMES. WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 23, 1872.

We must congratulate our readers upon the late telegraphic news from Wellington. The subject of emigration is one with which we are deeply interested, living as u!i d ° S* of f* ew Zealand particu- , fitted for the development of a scheme having for its object the introduca working population. Military settlements may be very well in theory, f\ny ni fn Ct,C !’. SO far as this portion of the East Coast is concerned, it has proved a lamentable failure. The reasons are ious tie larms certainly were given on maps and Crown - grants; but occupy txon tali within the last year or so, was unsafe, and no steps were taken to assist m en mg settlers by providing public t ° r ,' 3 ’ ar as to B’ ve access to lands which, however good in themselves, were useless without roads. As a natural result, many owners of these lauds have

gone to a more favourable locality. The Hon. J. D. Ormond, Minister of Public Works, stated in the House, Septembers when, referring to the immigration scheme— Iho principle which has guided the Government in locating people on the! and, is that, in the Northern Island at any rate they shall be settled in places where they can be assisted bv receiving employment upon public works” Ho also goes on to state, that is the only way of settling a class of emigrants who have no capital. This is the true way of treating the subject, and a decisive and satisfactory answer to those croakers who declaim against an increase of pauperised population. But, at the same time inducements are beid out to immigrants of capita,}, for he (Mr Ormond) also informed the House, “ that the Agent-General in England had been instructed to offer lands on deferred payments on the West Coast and at Tauranga, in the province of Auckland, ’ and also assist that class of settlers (small farmers) by bringing out their labourers under the immigration system. When we, therefore, now hear that the first batch of immigrants for iauranga are shortly to arrive, it is indeed a case lor congratulation, knowing that to that fact another of equal importance to the district may be added—the steady progress of public works. Tauranga, the key on the East Coast to the interior, opening at least three main lines of road, with, good agricultural land abutting on each, offers every facility to those wishing to make a home in a new country. ° The news that the road from Tauranga to Cambridge “throughout ” is at once to be proceeded with, will also be received with pleasure. Direct communication with the Waikato being one of those things we have for years been looking forward to with most sanguine tions, and when we consider the relative positions of the two settlements, a good connecting road, can hardly be valued too highly* As this road will pass through some splendid tracts of country it is only reasonable to suppose that many years will not elapse before villages and farms will spring up all along its route, for though at at the present time a great portion of the land is in the hands of the original proprietors, the policy of the Government is to buy where practicable, aud no doubt ere long large tracts now covered with most luxuriant fern and unoccupied save perhaps by members of the porciue family, will become the property of the Crown. When that day arrives there will be no lack of settlers willing to occupy fertile lands having a good road leading direct to a seaport town, which oven now is about to be declared a port of entry. This latter promotion, if we may so term it, will tend to facilitate commercial transactions, and, we trust, materially augment our shipping reports.

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Bay of Plenty Times, Bay of Plenty Times, Volume I, Issue 15, 23 October 1872

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Bay OF PLENTY TIMES. WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 23, 1872. Bay of Plenty Times, Volume I, Issue 15, 23 October 1872

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