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No. 4 (Autumn 1953)
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have drawbacks. The matter of values provides difficulties, and it will be necessary to ensure that owners are not deprived of their interests in places of special tribal or family importance, or in Maori reservations. As has been said before, however, some change is urgently necessary, and the proposals here set out were worked out in the Bill as seeming to offer the fairest, most practical and effective means of tackling the problem of splitting interests.

It is emphasised that the object is not to buy up for the Conversion Fund as much land as possible. If successors can agree among themselves to an arrangement which will not result in an interest being split up too far, there is ample power to allow this to be done. Again, if a person has interests in Maori land of a reasonable size and value, he can avoid entirely the operation of the scheme by making a will which leaves the interests among his family in such a way that no one person receives a share of less than £50 value. The whole idea underlying the proposals is that it is worse than useless to go on cutting up shares which are already too small for any purpose whatsoever.