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THE NEW ZEALAND GOVERNMENT AND ENGLISH LABOURERS.
 
The following reply of the New Zealand Government to the memorial recently presented on behalf of the National Agricultural Labourers' Union, praying that free passages may be granted to suitable emigrants, has been received by MR. J. S. WRIGHT, of Birmingham, and communicated by him to the "Birmingham Daily Post" :
 
 
"Since the reply sent to you by the Under Secretary for Immigration, the Government of New Zealand have found it necessary, in the interest of the immigration so urgently required, to make more liberal the terms under which assistance is granted.  A few days since the Agent-General of New Zealand was instructed by cable to give, until further instructed, free passages to suitable emigrants, exercising a rigorous scrutiny as to their fitness.
 
The high character, both for ability and for unflinching honesty of purpose which MR. JOSEPH ARCH enjoys, induces me to ask you, without any delay,  to inform the Association with which he is connected that the free passages sought for in the memorial forwarded by you are now being granted.
 
If the Association will place the Agent-General in the position to choose those persons who are suited to become settlers in the colony, it may rely that all reasonable assistance will be granted the persons selected on arrival to enable them to obtain employment.  Every industrious immigrant, who is blessed with good health, may rely on success in the colony.  The demand for labour is ample, the rate of wages is high, and the cost of living sufficiently reasonable to enable frugal persons to make considerable savings.
 
After a time, these savings should enable the immigrant to cultivate land, which he may acquire on very reasonable terms, and, in time, the position of a prosperous farmer is open to the immigrant who lands on the shores of New Zealand, no matter how poor he may be, if he is only gifted with temperate habits, frugality, and industry.
 
I may add that the immigrant will find special facilities for the education of his children.
 
Should MR. ARCH, or some one appointed by him be inclined to visit New Zealand, to report to the Association on its capabilities, the Agent-General will grant him or his nominee a free passage out and home, and his expenses in the colony for a reasonable time, say for six months, will be provided.
 
It will give the Government pleasure to have the resources of the colony reported on by an unprejudiced and intelligent representative of the Agricultural Labourers' Union.  I am not able to assure you that we shall continue for a lengthened period to give free passages. "