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Tho weekly meeting of the Land Board was held yesterday ; present—the Chief Commissioner (Mr J. P. Maitland), Messrs Clark, Thomson, Dallas, and Duncan. R. Thomas asked for reconsideration of his application for reduction of rent of his deferred-payment section 5, block 8, Kurow.—No power. It was resolved to offer at auction, at the upset rental of 3d per acre, for ten years section 1, block 11, Kuriwao (1,578 acres), and sections 9 to 11, block 9 (763 acres), being land in the Clutha River Trust endowment.

Ranger Hughan reported the revaluation for improvements on section 33, blook 2, Tuapeka East, as being L 34 12s 6d, and that on the north-western portion of the section L2os.—To be offered with the valuations noted.

M. Whelan wrote offering to retain de-ferred-payment section 4, block 13, Tuapeka East, on the rent being reduced.—No power. Ranger Hughan reported that the improvements on section 18, block 5, Table Hill, recently held by A. Spark, had been almost entirely destroyed, and the valuation was now LlB 15s, instead of L 34 10s. He suggested that it and section 21 be offered as a small grazing run, at 6d per acre.— The Governor-in-Council to be recommended to offer the section as a pastoral run for ten years, as suggested. The adjourned application of J. Macgregor, for J. M'Arthur, for a lease of 50 acres on Runs 226 a and 226b was considered, and it was resolved to grant a lease over not more than 20 acres, along the line of coal, for twenty-one years, at 2s 6d per acre, with 6d royalty. R. Prout and C. Nicholson applied for a lease of part of section 61, block 2, Benger, for twenty-one years, for the purpose of establishing a foundry for the manufacture of steel pipes, etc. The clerk to the Tuapeka County Council wrote that the land is required for gravel and quarrying purposes. —Declined. D. Reid and Co., for the Naseby Pastoral Investment Company, applied to purchase section 2, block 6, Maniototo, to enable them to work the run better.—Declined, the section having been notified; oompany to have one month from date of sale to remove fences.

G. Gillespie asked for two months' time in which to pay interest due by him, he being at present unable to realise on hia grain, owing to the bad state of the roads.— Agreed to. Applications for rural lands on deferred payments and on perpetual lease, which were settled by ballot on the 14th inst., were confirmed. The following applications were also dealt with :—Village-settlement land on deferred payment, Mr M'Laughlin, section 27, block 14, Tuapeka West, granted. Surrender of perpetual lease of sections 6 and 7, block 5, Dunback, J. Dale, accepted. Transfer of perpetual leases, section 51, block 1, Oatlins, Mary Pullar to David Pullar ; section. 48, block 3, B. Charles to W. J. Charles, approved. Exchange of de-ferred-payment lease over section 3, block 11, Naseby, for perpetual lease, T. Mawhinney, approved. Prospecting lioenses for gold (outside mining districts) over an area on the Moeraki beaches, J. Cumine and J. Craig, granted for one year. Coal lioenses or leases at Scratchback (Run 171, Waikouaiti) were applied for aa follows:—J. C. Buckland, 10acres; C. B. Kitchener, 10 acres ; £. Thornton, 30 acres; A. M'Leod, 50 acres ; A. King, 50 acres.— Board cannot deal with these applications until proper sketches are supplied. F. Buchanan asked for the rescinding of the forfeiture of his deferred-payment section 191, block 3, Tuapeka West, and to be allowed to capitalise.—Agreed to. J. Mulvana wrote that he had paid the interest due on his land at Livingston, and stating that the roads there were not being properly attended to.—Letter to be sent to County Council for consideration.

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LAND BOARD., Issue 7992, 22 August 1889

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LAND BOARD. Issue 7992, 22 August 1889

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