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(Per United Press Association.] WELLINGTON, November 24. The first sitting of tie Commissionconsisting of Mr Thomas F. Marten, barrister, Wellington (chairman)} Mr Ewen A. Campbell, farmer, Wanganui; and Mr James 6. Rutherford, farmer, Auckland —appointed by the Government to inquire into and report upon certain matters relating to the valuation of land in New Zealand was held to-day. Only formal business was transacted. The Commission are directed (1) to inquire into such cases of alleged excessive values as may be brought under notice, and report as to whether those values were assigned in accordance with the definitions “ Unimproved value” and “Value of improvements ” in the Valuation Land Amendment Act, 1912; (2) to consider whether the Assessment Court under the Valuation Land Act is so constituted as to ensure equitable consideration of the objections, and to recommend, if considered necessary or expedient, an alternative which will improve the composition of the court. while at the same time preserving its judicial character; (3) to consider and report whether section 31 of the Valuation Laud Act, 1908, affords an owner who is not satisfied with the value of his land as fixed by the Assessment Court an equitable alternativej (4) to report upon the methods of the Valuation Department in making valuations j and generally to make inquiry into any other matters which may come under the notice of th© Commission in. tho course of their inouiries. The Commission are to report by December 21.

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LAND VALDES, Evening Star, Issue 15658, 24 November 1914

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LAND VALDES Evening Star, Issue 15658, 24 November 1914