PRIME MINISTER'S EXPLANATION
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OAMARt", November 20.
Dealing with the Omarama runs division at Kurow last night, the Hon. W. F. Massoy said: " The history of the whole thing is very simple. Home months ago tin; Lands "Department recommended to me that the leases should not bo extended, and I endorsed their recommendation, and it slauds tc-<lay. One of the gentlemen who ha* swn "the Bte lowing that endorseraent is present here tonight in the person of Mr W O. Gardinor." Mr'Gardiner: That ic quit© true. Mr Massey : On consultation with the head* of the'department, it was decided to »(. o:> with the survey I don't think that the surveyors have finished. Tho leases will not be extended, and the. holdings will be available for settlement a-t tho earliest piwsiiiilitv. The proposition is to subdivide the rural 1 into "eight small grazing runs and three pastoral licenses of over 2.000 acres each. The pastoral license blocks will not carry more than 4.000 each. There are 1,400 acres that will be cut up into smaller farms. (Several Voices: " Wrong ") There is another block that will he utilised for rural workers' homes. Everything has been perfectly straightforward. We are dealing with' these "blocks as we do with other blocks. ANOTHER VERSION. [Per Ukited Press Association.! OAMARU, November 20. Mr J. Anstoy. ex-M.L.C the Lib era! candidate for the Waitaki seat, answering Mr Massey's statement that some slight defects in the law prevent a proper subdivision of tho Omarama run, says: This is the Prims Minister's own fault. He (Mr Anstcy) had urged, both privately to Mr Massey and in the Legislative Council, that these defects should be remedied. He even divided, the Council several times when the Land Bill
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OMARAMA RUNS, Evening Star, Issue 15655, 20 November 1914