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Voices from Auckland, New Zealand.

Bay of Islands

Bay of Islands.

To the Editor of the New Zealander.

Sir,—I have extended my travels as far as the valley of the Waima—which empties itself into the Hokianga. I am delighted with the whole of the country between it and the Kiri Kiri: it only requires to be known. A number of small farms might be laid, off by the Government within a short distance of the township, which would become the centre of operations—embracing the districts of Kawakawa, Waimate, the Lake, and the districts of Tarairi and Wangaroi, all within about 10 miles.

The survey of the township is going on rapidly; the buildings are likely to be very substantial—as there is no end to the scoria and limestone on the ground, the principal streets are a chain wide leading to the waters' side—but a road connecting the Township with the Suburban and Country districts is very much needed; the distance not more than a mile and a half or two miles; if these were at once completed, the town lots would sell for something like 50 per cent, more than they would without it.

My former conjecture is I believe right—as I have been told that the whole of the seven Claimants have cordially seconded the views of the Government—by offering the whole page 95of their unoccupied ground adjoining the township—at the Government rate of compensation—each one making a small reserve—to this should be added the lands of the Church Mission at Waimate and Kiri Kiri, in particular. If the road I speak of is opened at once, and some of the best farms ready for selection, the sale of the first Town Lots will in all probability fully realize the expectations of the Government.

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