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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 56

Homestead System

Homestead System.

The homestead system is [unclear: imforce] in the Auckland and Westland districts of New

Homestead system.

Zealand. Under it the settler makes no payment for the land, the only cost to him being the expense of survey. The conditions are-five years' residence, the erection of a house, and the cultivation of one-third of the selection if open land, and one-fifth if forest land; on the fulfilment of which the Crown grant is issued. In the Auckland district each person of the age of 18 years, or upwards, may select from 50 to 75 acres, according to the quality of the land; and a person under 18 years of age, from 20 to 30 acres. Pro video that no family or household may take up more than 200 acres of first-class, or 300 acres of second-class land. In Westland the conditions are the same, except that 50, 20, and 200 acres art the limits, irrespective of the quality of the land.
Original holders of pastoral licences are entitled to the pre-emption of 320 acres in

Pre-emptive rights.

one block for a homestead.