The New Zealand Portfolio: Embracing a Series of Papers on Subjects of Importance to the Colonists

Smith, Elder & Company, 1843 - 136 pages
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Page 3 - The answers which would be made by foreign nations to such a claim are two: First, that the British statute book has, in the present century, in three distinct enactments, declared that New Zealand is not a part of the British dominions; and secondly, that King William IV. made the most public, solemn, and authentic declaration, which it was possible to make, that New Zealand was a substantive and independent state.
Page 23 - ... required to report the same and the grounds thereof to the Governor in manner in the said Ordinance mentioned : And whereas it is expedient that all the powers and authorities vested by the said Ordinance in any two of such Commissioners should be vested in any single Commissioner...
Page 24 - Office, prepaying the same, and obtaining a receipt from the postmaster where the same shall be posted, specifying the date of such posting, and for which the postmaster by whom the same shall be delivered shall in like manner obtain a like receipt from the clerk of the peace, or clerk of the •crown, as the case may be, and which receipts such postmaster and such •clerk of the crown or...
Page 24 - Fees.—8. All fees received by any Police Magistrate, shall be accounted for quarterly to the Colonial Treasurer, or Treasurer of the county or district (as the case may be), and shall be chargeable with the salary of the Police Magistrate and the current expenses of the Police Office. Commencement of Ordinance.—9.
Page 2 - ... organization of the colonists before their departure, and for their protection after their arrival, in case of need. As soon as all immediate hope of a visit from the Governor, or his representative, ceased, this committee was called together at Port Nicholson. In the absence of all restraining authority, some little irregularities had occurred ; and for the purpose of protecting society against such acts of individual aggression, several constables and a magistrate were chosen. The persons so...
Page 25 - MP, on the advantages which would accrue to English capitalists from the establishment of a Loan Company for New Zealand, similar to the Australian Trust Company.
Page 6 - The satisfaction which the colonists felt at the arrival of the Government authorities was changed to disappointment when it was found how little was likely to be done to promote the security of property. We had ourselves provided most effectually for the correction of such offences as the magistrate may take cognizance of; and we fully expected that the arrival of Lieutenant Shortland would be followed by the establishment of higher courts of criminal and civil jurisdiction ; in short, we could...
Page 23 - ... and in case of conviction, shall sentence the offender to be imprisoned for any period not exceeding six calendar months. Such adjudication shall be final, although it should subsequently be proved that the value of the property, and the age of the party charged, shall in fact exceed the aforesaid limits.
Page 126 - ... it is true, but nevertheless with such solemnity as most effectually to vindicate itself. To the political philosopher the state of social happiness secured at Port Nicholson, by means of self-government, affords an instructive picture; and great indeed would be the responsibility of a minister who should keep the people in a state of political bondage in a colony where the representative principle has worked so well, even in the face of many seritus impediments.
Page 7 - ... immediately follow. Yet, up to the time I left Wellington, not a single step had been taken in these essential matters; and it seemed as if the government, which ought to have protected us, was desirous of driving the settlement into a state of disorganization and anarchy. Yet it has sustained itself under all these disadvantages, though, of course, under numerous inconveniences from which the colonists ought to have been protected.

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