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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 62


Intending settlers will be able to see Crown Lands Guides giving details of the various blocks of land open for settlement at the various Land Offices. The Crown Lands Guide gives the following instructions:—

Applications must be made on proper forms, to be obtained at a Crown Lands Office, and must be accompanied by the statutory declaration required by the system under which the application is made; also by deposit of, with perpetual-lease applications, a half-year's rent and 30s. lease fee; with deferred-payment applications, a half-year's instalment and 21s. license-fee; and, with cash applications, one-fifth of the total price; the balance, with Crown-grant fee, must be paid within thirty days.

A selector may purchase for cash any of the sections not exceeding 640 acres of first-class land and 2,000 acres of second-class land; or may take up, on deferred payments, 640 acres of land; or, on perpetual lease, 640 acres of first-class land or 2,000 acres of second-class land. If the selector wishes to acquire any section on deferred payments, an addition of one-fourth to the cash price will be made. If the selector wishes to take up a section on perpetual lease, the annual rental will be 5 per cent, on the cash price of the land. Applications to be made to a Commissioner of Crown Lands.

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Applications for unsurveyed lands must, whether on the cash, deferred-payment, or perpetual-lease systems, be accompanied by deposits for survey, which vary from £6 for 30 acres to not less than £66 10s. for 1,000 acres. These deposits form part of the purchase-money. For details of payment see New Zealand. Gazette, dated 31st January, 1889.

Applications must conform to a general scheme approved of by the Land Board, and shall extend in every instance to the back lines, unless otherwise approved; and applications shall be subject to reserves for all public purposes, and to rights of roads. If personal attendance is not possible, duly-authorised agents should deposit the applications in this office, to avoid disappointment owing to incompleteness or informality causing rejection of the same.

No applications for additional land will be received from selectors who are in arrear with the payments on their present holdings.

If an applicant apply for more than one section of surveyed land, it is essential that he should be present at the drawing, either personally or by duly-authorised agent, to avoid confusion in the event of his being successful for two or more sections; but for unsurveyed land, as priority of choice is determined by priority of application, applicants should either attend or send a duly-authorised agent to represent them at 10 a.m. on the day the land is opened for application.

Cheques forwarded as deposits must be marked by the bank on which they are drawn as "correct for fourteen days."

The Land Offices will be open to applicants from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2.30 p.m. to 4.30 p.m., except on Saturdays, when the office will close at 1 p.m.

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Full particulars, plans, forms, &c., may be obtained on application at any Land Office.

For other conditions and requirements, see pages xxiv. and xxv.