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The weekly meeting of the Land Board was hold to day ; present—The Chief Commissioner, Messrs Thomson, Clark, Dallas, and Duncan.

Mr W. D. Smith, for tho lessees of Runs 3 and 4 of 23, Kurow, wrote that nothing can be done with the land till proper access to it is provided. Run 3 would never pay, there being so much high land in it, and he asked that it be therefore grouped with Run 4.—Referred to Chief Surveyor for report. G. Stringer applied for a small part of block 10, Kurow, lying between his section 15 and small grazing run 2of 23; also for permission to fence part of a mining reserve adjoining his section to enable him to get to the creek. —Referred to Chief Surveyor and Chief Commissioner to arrange and report. B. Hardy asked for permission to occupy part of a mining reserve adjoining his section 16, block 10, Kurow, for grazing purposes ; also for a road to his section.—Chief Commissioner to arrange. Mr R. B. Martin, for Neil M‘ladyen, stated that the latter cannot continue to hold High School section 38, block 9, Strath Taieri, at the present rental of 5s per week. He is at present LSO 3s 4d in arrears for rent. —Consideration deferred fora week.

T. P. Kirke wrote that section IS, block 17, Greenvale, occupied by him on condition of his keeping it clear of rabbits, is of no use unless it is fenced. He asked that it may be put up for pastoral purposes at 3d per aero for fourteen years.—Governor-in-Council to be recommended to offer the land on pastoral license, it being so rough as to render it unsuitable to be occupied under any other system. Ranger Hughan forwarded report on section 8, block 2, Strath Taieri, stating that the rent has been much too high, the present value of the land being LI IDs.— Copy of report to be forwarded to the High School Board of Governors.

Ranger Hughan forwarded his estimate of improvements effected by James Morrison on small grazing run sections 4 and 5, Kuriwao,—Run to be reoffered at capital value of 20s per acre, with valuation added. The following applications were approved : —Michael Nash to transfer to John Cochano deferred payment license over sections 33, 41, and 42, block 11, Tuapeka West. R. M‘Dougall and son, application for coal lease over 35 acres of block I, Crown.

The result of the balloting for land which took place at the end of last week was approved. Mr R. B. Martin, for Mr Davidson, of Tapanui, asked to occupy section 9, block 4, Glenkenich, on condition that he keeps down the rabbits thereon. Mr Bellamy wrote asking the same privilege.—Declined. Messrs John Reid and Son, for Thornton and party and M'Neil and party, asked that Mr Surveyor Barron be requested to report without delay on their coal mining applications.—The Board noted that the applications had already been forwarded to the surveyor. The Board dealt with certain surrendered or forfeited sections as follows, with a view of their being dealt with as small grazing runs:—Kuriwao, Clubha Trust, sections 4 and 5, block 9—to be reoffered at capital value of 20s per acre, with valuation added. Benger, section 7, block 4, do ; Glenkenich, section 73, block 11, do (without valuation). Benger, section 12, block 12, to be notified at las per acre. Gatlin, sections.SSand 39, block 4, do. Teviot, section 10, block 9, to be notified at 10s per acre. Greenvale, section 12, block 13, to be notified at 15s per acre. Glenkenich, section 39, block 10, to be offered at reduced price of L2, subject to approval of Minister of Lands and to valuation (LI6S 12s) for improvements. Certain applicants for land at Roxburgh, between their areas in block 17 and the river, intimated their willingness to accept licenses therefor, —\ early licenses to issue at 10s per acre, with license fees; survey fees to be returned.

Mr Hagen, for his son (F. Hagen), holder of deferred-payment section 6, block 15, Greenvale, lately forfeited for non-payment of instalments, asked that the forfeiture be rescinded.—Resolved, that a serious accident having incapacitated the licensee from working for a long period, and in consideration of immediate payment of LlO of rent arrears, the forfeiture resolution be rescinded.

An application for a license to cut flax on section 1 of 12, and section 13, block 1, Kaitangata, was referred to Ranger Hughan for report.

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LAND BOARD., Issue 8027, 2 October 1889

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LAND BOARD. Issue 8027, 2 October 1889

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