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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 62

Regulations for the Establishment of Village Homestead Special-Settlement Associations

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Regulations for the Establishment of Village Homestead Special-Settlement Associations.

Order in Council.

Government House, Wellington, this second day of November, 1886.

Regulations.

1. Any association of persons of not less than twelve, who may be desirous of settling on Crown lands adjacent to each other, may arrange with the Government for a block of land on the following general conditions:—

2. Before a block of land is set apart under these regulations, a deposit of 10s. will be required from the secretary of the association on behalf of each member thereof. The secretary shall also furnish the Commissioner of Crown Lands for the district with the name and address of each member of the association.

3. In the event of any member withdrawing before the allotment of the sections, the deposit of 10s. will be forfeited, but another person may take the place of the member so withdrawing on payment of a further sum of 10s.

4. On approval of any block of land that may be selected, the necessary surveys will be executed by the Government.

5. The allotment of sections to members of the association shall be made at such time and in such manner as the association may, with the consent of the Commissioner of Crown Lands, determine.

6. The land to be selected under these regulations shall be held on perpetual lease for the first term of thirty years, and for subsequent terms of twenty-one years, without any right of acquiring the freehold.

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7. The rental shall be based on the capital value of the land, which shall in no case be less than £1 an acre.

8. No charge will be made for the lease, which shall be in the form in the Schedule hereto, beyond the sum of 10s. required by regulation 2, which sum shall cover the cost of registering the lease in the Land Transfer Department.

9. No lease shall be issued, or any transfer of the interest of a settler allowed, until after the payment of the first half year's rent.

10. Renewals of leases shall be subject in all respects to the provisions of sections 151 to 155 of Part IV. of "The Land Act, 1885."

11. Married men will have the preference of becoming members of an association under these regulations.

12. No allotment shall exceed in area fifty acres.

13. The annual rent shall be 5 per cent, on the capital value of the land, payable half yearly, on the 1st day of January or July next ensuing after the lapse of six months from the dates of the allotment of the sections.

14. Each member of the association or transferee will be required to occupy his selection as his home, and to make permanent improvements as required by clauses 15 and 16.

15. Each member of the association shall within two years cultivate one acre, and within four years the half of the remainder, of his selection.

16. Permanent improvement shall mean—
(a.)Fencing the land with timber or other durable materials, not being a brush fence; or
(b.)Breaking up and laying down the same in English or other cultivated grass; or
(c.)Breaking up and planting or sowing root or other crops therein; and, in case of bush lands, the felling and clearing of timber and sowing of grass.
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17. Members of the association shall not subdivide or sublet their holdings; but, with the consent of the Commissioner of Crown Lands for the district, they may transfer them, provided that all the conditions of these regulations have been fulfilled to date of application to transfer. No person who has an interest in any land of more than an acre in extent in the colony shall be eligible as a selector under these regulations.

18. No person shall hold more than one allotment under these regulations, which shall be held for his sole use and benefit, and not for the use or benefit of any other person whomsoever.

19. Any member of the association who shall fail to comply with these regulations in any respect shall, upon sufficient proof thereof to the satisfaction of the Commissioner, forfeit his interest in the land selected.

20. In case any doubt shall arise as to the construction of these terms and conditions with reference to the selection and occupation or clearing of any land, or otherwise arising thereunder, the same shall be settled by the Commissioner.