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The Vermin Districts Amendment Act.—1900.

(2) Such occupier may pay the amount he is liable to pay to the Board, with interest thereon, at the rate of Four Pounds per centum per annum, in twenty equal yearly instalments, at the rate of Seven Pounds Seven Shillings and Two Pence for each One Hundred Pounds of the amount such occupier is liable to pay to the Board.

(3) The first of such instalments shall become due three months after the service of the demand upon the occupier, and one of such instalments shall become due on the same date in each year thereafter, until the whole amount has been paid.

(4) In this section the word “occupier” has the same meaning as in « The Fences Act, 1892.”

11. When a vermin-proof fence erected by any Board shall form Adjoining lessee

using fence to pay the boundary of the land of any occupier whose land but for such interest. vermin-proof fence would be without a boundary fence, the occupier of the land abutting on such vermin-proof fence, whether such land be inside or outside of a Vermin District, shall pay to the Board owning such vermin-proof fence Five Pounds per centum per annum on half the cost thereof to the extent to which his land shall abut thereon, on such occupier making use of or availing himself of the fence in terms of “ The Fences Act, 1892,” by keeping or depasturing sheep or cattle on the land abutting thereon ; but the amount on which such percentage is to be paid shall not exceed the amount to which such lessee or occupier would, under “ The Fences Act, 1892,” have been liable to pay or contribute had such fence been erected and made use of as aforesaid in accordance with such Act.

12. Notwithstanding anything contained in “ The Fences Act, Occupier not to pay

? in certain cases. 1892,” no occupier shall be compellable to pay to any adjoining occupier half the cost of erecting any vermin-proof fence or of vermin-proofing any fence between their respective boundaries unless the boundaries of the adjoining land occupied by him shall be fenced with a vermin-proof fence.

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13. The Governor may, by Proclamation in the Government Alteration of bounGazette (a) In case the Board has erected a vermin-proof fencing outside

the boundaries of the district, or (6) In case it is impracticable or would be very difficult to erect a

vermin-proof fence on the boundaries of the district, extend the boundaries of the district so as to include the fence already erected, or to include the land on which it is proposed that the fence should be erected, and (c) In case any portion of the district is situate outside of the

vermin-proof fence erected by the Board, sever such portion situate outside of such fence from such district.

14. The Governor may appoint a member on any Board.

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The officer so appointed shall not be subject to retirement by effluxion of time, but shall hold office during the Governor's pleasure.

In the case of Boards already constituted such officer shall be an additional member of the Board.

Where the Governor appoints any Government officer as a member of a Board the appointment shall specify that such member is not subject to retirement by effluxion of time,

Members of Board.

15. The Board of every Vermin District hereafter declared shall consist of not less than four members. Three of such members shall be owners of ratable property within the district, and one of such members may be a Government officer appointed as hereinbefore provided.

Amendment of
section 44 of Act 597,
1894.

16. Section 41 of the principal Act is hereby amended by adding the following proviso :-“ Provided that when such districts are included within the limits of a District Council, such Gazette notice shall appoint a time and place where written nominations shall be received.”

Time and place for elections.

Amendment of

17. Section 45 of the principal ict is hereby amended by section 45 of Act 597, 1894.

adding the following proviso :-“ Provided that in the case of

elections for Boards of Vermin Districts within the limits of District Elections.

Councils if no more persons are nominated as members of the Board or auditors, as the case may be, than are required to be elected, the chairman shall forthwith declare such persons duly elected. If a greater number are nominated than are required, the proceedings shall be adjourned for not less than fourteen days or more than twenty-eight days, when the votes of the ratepayers shall be taken by ballot; all proxy votes to be sent through the post to the Returning Officer in the form of the Schedule hereto.”

Amendment of

18. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in section 78 of section 78 of Act 597, 1894.

the principal Act, it shall not be necessary for more than one

member of the Board, in addition to the Chairman, to sign cheques Signing cheques.

on behalf of the Board.

Failure of elections.

19. Section 47 of the principal Act, relating to supplementary elections, is hereby repealed, and the following section substituted in lieu thereof:

47. Whenever the annual or other election shall from any cause wholly or in part fail to be made as appointed in this Act, or such election being made shall afterwards become wholly or in part void, the Governor may appoint the members or member of the Board required to be elected.

Suspension or aboli. tion of Boards.

20. The Governor, if it shall appear to him that any Board refuses or neglects to perform the duties and functions imposed and conferred upon such Board by the principal Act or any Act amending the same, or refuses or neglects to declare or levy any rates which such Board should declare or levy, or makes default in the

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The Vermin Districts Amendment Act.1900.

due payment of any instalment of principal and interest due on any loan, or have misappropriated or have appropriated for any purpose not contemplated by the principal Act or any Act amending the same any of the moneys at the disposal of the Board, or any part of the revenue of the Board, may, by Proclamation in the Government Gazette, suspend the powers and functions of the Board for such time as he may think proper, or may abolish such Board.

21. When the powers and functions of a Board have been sus. Effect of abolition

and suspension. pended, or the Board has been abolished, the Governor may, by Proclamation in the Government Gazette, authorise the Commissioner to exercise all the powers, authorities, functions, and duties of the Board so suspended or abolished during the suspension of the Board, or until a new Board shall be appointed.

22. During the period during which the powers and functions of Property. &c., to vest

in Commissioner. the Board are suspended, and in case of the abolition of any Board, all property, real and personal, and all powers, authorities, immunities, rights, privileges, functions, obligations, and duties vested in or imposed on the Board by any means whatsoever, shall, by force of this Act, be transferred to and vested in the Commissioner.

23. The duty of preparing and publishing in the Government Board to publish list Gazette, in the month of April in each year, alphabetical lists of ratepayers entitled to vote for the election of members of Boards in each district, with the number of votes to which each ratepayer is entitled set opposite his name, shall hereafter as regards any district within the limits of a district council be performed by each Board in respect of its district instead of by the Commissioner, as provided in section 43 of the principal Act.

24. Section 43 of the principal Act is hereby amended by Amendment of adding the following proviso: –“ Provided that where such Vermin 1894.

section 43 of Act 597, District is within the limits of a District Council such lists shall be prepared by the Board of such Vermin District instead of by the Notices to rateCommissioner, and such lists shall not be published in the Government Gazette, but a notice shall be sent by such Board to each individual ratepayer showing the number of votes to which he is entitled.”

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25. The first rate declared by a Vermin Board shall be for the Rate for portion of portion of the year between the date of the publication of the Proclamation constituting the district and the thirtieth day of June next after the declaring of the rate.

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26. Each Board shall in respect of its district, if situated within Board to collect the limits of a district council, have all the rights, powers, duties, tat and obligations vested in or imposed upon the Commissioner by Part X. of the principal Act, relating to the making and recovering of rates, and such part shall hereafter be read as if the word “ Board ” were inserted therein in place of the word “Commissioner ” wherever the word “ Commissioner ” occurs in such part.

27. Boards

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Limit of office expenses.

27. Boards may expend in any year for salaries, fees to officers, printing, advertising, stationery, and office expenses one-fourth of the whole of the rates declared for the district for that year, instead of one-tenth, as allowed by section 79 of the principal Act.

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28. Within the District Councils referred to in Schedule C, and any other District Councils to be proclaimed by the Governor as fox-infested, rewards shall be paid out of funds which shall be provided by the District Councils for the destruction of foxes by such District Councils, in accordance with section 5 of the Act No. 634 of 1895 and section 2 of Act No. 706 of 1898. The reward shall be payable as follows:-On production to the authorised person to be appointed by the local authority of the skin of any fox destroyed within the boundaries of such District Council, the person destroying such fox shall be entitled to be paid the sum of Two Shillings and Six Pence for every such skin, and the authorised person may require the person producing the skin to make and sign a statutory declaration in the form of Schedule B before a Justice of the Peace to the effect that such fox was destroyed by such person within the boundaries of such District Council, and the authorised person may, on behalf of the local authority, either retain such skin or remove the head therefrom and destroy the same.

Three persons may forio a Trust.

29. The Governor may authorise and direct the expenditure of any money under section 13 of the principal Act on the written request of not less than three persons instead of six persons as in the said section provided.

Additional members of Trusis.

30. Any person not being a member of a Trust constituted under section 13 of the principal Act may, with the consent of the members of such Trust, join in and become a member of such Trust.

Advances for new members of Trusts.

31. Upon any person, not being a member of a Trust, joining a Trust, the Governor may, on the request of all the members of the Trust, authorise and direct the expenditure of such additional sum out of money voted by Parliament for the purpose of making loans under “ The Vermin-proof Fencing Act, 1890,” as he may think fit, for the purpose of erecting, or contributing to the erection of, wire netting, or other vermin-proof fencing, around the agricultural or cultivated lands of the person so joining such Trust; and all the members of such Trust shall be jointly and severally liable for the repayment of the whole amount expended, with the interest thereon, and such amount and interest shall, until repaid, be, and continue to be, a first charge on the land for the enclosing or fencing of which it is supplied.

In the name and on behalf of Her Majesty, I hereby assent to this Bill.

TENNYSON, Governor.

SCHEDULES

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Strainers not less than about six inches in thickness at smaller end, one hundred and fifty yards apart, three feet in the ground, forty-nine inches out of ground.

Posts not less than about four inches in thickness at smaller end, twenty-one feet apart, twenty inches in the ground, forty-nine inches out of ground.

A wire netting, eighteen gauge, of a minimum width of forty-two inches and maximum mesh of one and a half inches, six inches of such netting to be fixed in the ground and thirty-six inches out of the ground.

A barbed wire, with barbs not more than three inches apart, four inches above netting hung with S hooks four and one-fifth feet apart.

A second top similar barbed wire hung with S hooks six inches above other barbed wire.

The wire to be fastened to the post with a wire staple put through a hole in the post and turned up on the other side.

Optional as to the use of a barbed wire in the ground.

SCHEDULE

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