Voices from Auckland, New Zealand.
The Coming Population
The Coming Population.
To the Editor of the New Zealander.
Sir,—There is a terrible outcry in certain quarters as to the "distress in Auckland," and the "distress which must of necessity be caused by so large an influx to our population." But is it ever considered that, in nine cases out of ten, parties emigrate because there was distress in England? and thus would be, or are, no worse off, therefore, if they suffer a little temporary distress here, seeing that they have a moral certainty of their permanently settling their condition, and, within a few years, holding an independent position, which, during their lives, they would probably never have attained to at Home.
There is no doubt there may be some distress or perplexity caused by this sudden change; but it is merely distress removed from one country to another,—the country left being over-populated, and the country come to under-populated. Therefore, this is the country in which they must rise, if they are willing to persevere with energy and industry—while in the old country they are likely to go back rather than forward.
I think it so desirable that parties should locate in communities, or, at all events, that a few families should settle in the same district, that I would strongly recommend some measures being adopted to promote this end. If some room were opened in Auckland (and some of our new agents who have lately started could well do this), wherein newly-arrived Emigrants could meet, and there let notices be fixed in the room thus,—"Parties professing to settle in the —— Block, will meet here on Monday and Wednesday Evenings, &c., &c.;" thus parties might be brought together to talk over their plans. I am convinced that six families who would strive to act well together, would of themselves form a complete groundwork of a valuable district, and greatly enhance the value of the land.
Old Practical"The Bush," 2nd September, 1859.