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The New Zealand Journal, Saturday, May 02 (1840)

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Gleanings From The Australian Papers.New Zealand.

The following advertisement, copied from the Launceston Advertiser, affords evidence of the superior quality of New Zealand Wheat:—
"The undersigned have twenty bushels of Prime New Zealand Seed Wheat for sale.—Price, one guinea per bushel, by the bag. Samples can be seen on application to Henty and Co."
It appears by the following, from the same paper, that sawing for the Australian market is now carried on in New Zealand:—
"New Zealand Pine.—On sale, the cargo of the brig Hamilton, now discharging, consisting of 160,000 feet of pine, in spars, logs, and boards. Apply to, &c."
The Hobart Town True Colonist states that some companies have been formed in Van Diemen's Land to promote the colonization of New Zealand:—
"We hear," says the True Colonist, "that a company has been formed at Launceston for the same purpose, with a capital of £10,000, and we believe that one will be started here (Hobart Town) immediately to form a trading and agricultural establishment, and purchase a large extent of land on a fine navigable river that has been very little visited by white people, where the finest timber can be got close to the water, and abundance of flax, and clear land of the best description for cultivation. The soil is of the finest quality. The climate is moist and vegetation very luxuriant. There is little or no native grass; but all sorts of European grasses spring rapidly without culture wherever the seed is sown. Wheat thrives well, as do all sorts of European fruits and vegetables the production of England and France. The natives are very kind and industrious when any inducement is held out to them. They would raise any quantity of maize and pork for which they could obtain a market, and timber and flax can be procured in any quantities. Persons in this Colony, who possess the means, will derive many advantages by securing land, by purchase from the natives, before the value is enhanced by the arrival of the large flocks of emigrants that are about to leave Britain, and by the operations of the large monopolising companies that are now directing their speculative views to that quarter. Labour can be readily procured amongst the natives, who are anxious to acquire a knowledge of the arts, and a participation in the comforts of civilisation. The native population will be a sufficient protection to the settlers against the contamination of prison discipline, contamination and privation of the natural political privileges of British subjects."

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