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AUCKLAND.

The late land sale at Auckland did not realize a large amount, as it appears that the whole of the lots offered were gone through with only one bidding, and it was only on offering them a second time that any more were obtained. The Times accounts for this satisfactorily, by showing that the land offered is all of an inferior description, being the rejected of former sales, and that land can be purchased of private proprietors on more liberal terms than of the Government. Our contemporary also complains that the local Government throw every obstacle in the way of the capitalists recently arrived, and who have purchased their land orders in ECndon. Lord Stanley's bill provides that the holders of these land orders shall possess immediately on their arrival the power of selection from any land surveyed, but the local Government will only allow them in payment for land bought at their sales. Some of the passengers who have recently arrived at Auckland have re-emigrated to New South Wales. We subjoin the following matters of interest : — Intelligence has been received by the Government of a very serious outrage committed by the i natives at a place called Whaaroa, about thirty miles north of Hokianga. The new schooner Eclipse, about 80 tons burden, colonial built by the master and owner, Captain Stephenson, was on her way to the harbour of Hokianga on Sunday the 9th ult., and was driven on shore in the afternoon, when the natives assembled, armed with tomahawks and hatchets, and stripped the vessel of everything portable even to her cordage and cables, leaving her a bare hulk. No personal violence was committed upon Captain Stephenson or bis men, but they were left to find their way overland without provisions, or any other defence than the clothing they wore, to the place they came from, which happily they contrived to do in safety. The protector of the aborigines is on the western side of the island, and he will doubtless be on the alert as soon as he is informed of the matter, and we have no doubt the Governor will use the powers vested in him to enforce retribution in a case like this. There is a report in Auckland that we are to have a considerable reinforcement of military array in New Zealand ; and, however little we may be disposed to advocate harsh measures in the maintenance of our laws, we are quite sure that an early demonstration of power and self-respect is the wisest and most humane course in these cases. The owners of the Speculator schooner, which was last heard of at Mercury Bay, on the 12th August, have received the pleasing intelligence of her safe arrival at Port Nicholson. Her long absence is not accounted for at present. We are happy to announce the return of Mr. Graham and Captain Richards in the Ariel, which has come back to Auckland without material damage to her frame. From the report of Mr. Graham, we may agreeably contrast the conduct of the Maories with, that of their countrymen on the west coast, Mr.' Graham having received much friendly assistance from them. [We fear there is some mistake respecting the Speculator, as we are pretty sure she has never arrived at Port Nicholson. — Eb.] The Bandeith, from Sydney, has arrived at the Barrier Island, with the promised party of miners for that place. The Bimdeith had on board a press and types for Dr. Martin, which was put on board the Rory O'More, to be landed at Auckland. Unfortunately, the schooner grounded and sustained considerable injury, and both press and types were condemned as useless. Mr. Cooper has returned from Sydney, where it is believed he succeeded in getting a loan for the Government. Auckland is immediately to be proclaimed a borough under the Municipal Ordinance. A Dispensary has been established, and the Mechanics' Institution is well supported. The Raupo House Bill came into operation on the 16th of last month. As there is a fine of £20 on every building having a thatched roof, our contemporary advises the inhabitants of Auckland not to place themselves at the mercy of the crown lawyers, as the treasury is very tab The town of Auckland has nanawly escaped the fete which befel Wellington recently. A fire was discovered issuing from an empty store on the beach* in Commercial Bay, which waa separated from the bonded store only by a weather-boarded partition. It was happily prevented from spreading,, by very great exertion, beyond the premises where it originated^ If the bonded store had taken fire, it U highly probable, from the squally state of the weather at the time, that the greater part of the town would have bees consumed.

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AUCKLAND., Nelson Examiner and New Zealand Chronicle, Volume I, Issue 42, 24 December 1842

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AUCKLAND. Nelson Examiner and New Zealand Chronicle, Volume I, Issue 42, 24 December 1842

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