THE OMARAMA RUN
The Hon. Jas. Allen, in the course of his address at Lawrence last night, read the 101'.0v.-intr telegram which he had that day received "from'the lion. Mr Massey, who is Minister of Lauds
These- runs arc; inland from Oamaru
'1 ho leasee, which appoar to be held jointly by people resident outside of New Zealand, expire at tho end of March next. A good deal of pressure wai-: brought to bear upon me to extend tho term for another year, but I declined to do this, a-id instructed the department to got surveyors at work and subdivide the runs into holdings, from each of which a settler and his family could make a comfortable living. This is being dono, and in all probability there will be about 15 subdivisions. There appears, however, to be a defect in the law which may allow the former lessees, though resident outside of New Zealand, to take up cither one or two of the .subdivisions. 'This, however, I am not Going to allow. The runs, either pa&toral or small gracing runs, must lx> occupied by residents of New Zealand, and not bo'held by alwftntees. The runs consist, of some 2CO,COG acres of very rouph hill country. I shall ho dealing with this matter to-morrow evening in my speech at Kurow, which is in tho
vicinity of the Omarama country. Mr iS. !•-. Poyntz, of Wr.ik.Hiniti. says that Mr Lee, in his address there, went into a lot of detail about (he Omarama runs, but missed the real point at issue, on which information is ne-rded by the public—viz., Does not th-s Land Amendment Act of 1914 (passed in th.; dying hours of the session! Kgive tho tenant tho choice of one of the subdivided frazincr runs without compensation? And dees clause 17 of the same amendment Act allow the pastoral-holder to pay cash for his selected subdivision. Tf either of these question-s aro answered in tho affirmative, on what grounds are thiw concession..? made?
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THE OMARAMA RUN, Evening Star, Issue 15654, 19 November 1914
THE OMARAMA RUN Evening Star, Issue 15654, 19 November 1914
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