Subject to the provisions hereinafter contained, the said Corporation is hereby empowered to extend and lay mains and pipes from the said waterworks into the suburbs for the purpose of supplying the inhabitants of such suburbs with water, and for that purpose from time to time, as and when the said Corporation shall think fit, to open the ground and dig sufficient trenches in all roads streets and footpaths in the said suburbs, and to do all other acts and things necessary for laying and fixing originally, and afterwards from time to time, as occasion may require, taking up repairing altering or improving and replacing the said mains and pipes, and all or any of the appliances connected therewith: Provided always, that any roads streets and footpaths so opened up or dug as aforesaid shall be forthwith placed in as good condition as before the same were opened and dug upon. And it is hereby further enacted that (subject as aforesaid) the said Corporation shall have and exercise over and in respect of the said suburbs, and the inhabitants thereof, all such or similar rating and other powers as the said Corporation had and now has under similar circumstances over or in respect of the said city, and the inhabitants thereof, by virtue of the Waterworks Acts, or any of them, the true intent of this Act being that for the purposes of this Act, but not further or otherwise, the said suburbs shall (subject as aforesaid) be deemed and taken to be included within the boundaries of the said city in the same manner as if the said suburbs had been in fact so included at the time of the passing of the Dunedin Waterworks Act 1864 [Repealed]: Provided always, and it is hereby expressly declared, that the said Corporation shall not exercise any of the powers intended to be conferred by this section until and unless the following requirements shall first have been duly complied with—that is to say, in case a majority of not less than three-fourths of the road ratepayers in any or every suburban area shall sign a memorial, addressed to the District Court Judge, to the effect that such memorialists are desirous of being supplied with water by the said Corporation, the District Court Judge, upon receipt of such memorial or memorials, shall forthwith cause a notice under his hand to be published in 2 consecutive numbers of the Provincial Gazette to the effect that such memorial or respective memorials has or have been presented to him, and in and by such notice he shall appoint a certain place in the said city, and a day and hour not less than thirty nor more than 42 days from the first publication of such notice, where and when he will be ready to hear any person who may there and then offer to prove to the satisfaction of the District Court Judge that such memorial or memorials as aforesaid is or are not subscribed by the bona fide signatures of such majority of not less than three-fourths of the ratepayers as aforesaid: Provided always, that the District Court Judge shall publish a separate notice to the effect aforesaid in respect of each such memorial in case more than one shall be received by him as aforesaid, and each of such notices shall describe in general terms the particular suburban area to which the same shall relate. And it is hereby enacted that, at the place and time so to be appointed as aforesaid, the District Court Judge shall hear all parties who shall or may appear either in opposition to or in support of such memorial or memorials respectively as aforesaid, and any evidence which may then be adduced on either side, and shall afterwards determine whether or not in his opinion such memorial or memorials has or have respectively been duly signed by such majority of road ratepayers as aforesaid: Provided always, that the District Court Judge may adjourn such hearing and determination as aforesaid from day to day or from time to time to such convenient day or days, not later than 14 days after the day first appointed for hearing as aforesaid, as he shall think fit. And it is hereby further enacted that such determination of the District Court Judge as aforesaid shall be final and conclusive, and shall forthwith be notified by him by a separate notice under his hand in respect of each such memorial, which notice he shall cause to be published once in the Provincial Gazette; and it is hereby declared that in case such determination shall be to the effect that such memorial or respective memorials as aforesaid has or have, in the opinion of the District Court Judge, been duly signed as aforesaid, then, immediately from and after the publication of such last-mentioned notice, it shall be lawful for, but not obligatory upon, the said Corporation forthwith or at any time thereafter to exercise all the powers conferred by this section as aforesaid, or such of the same as shall for the time being be applicable, but nevertheless only within or with respect to the particular suburban area or respective suburban areas to which such memorial or respective memorials shall relate: Provided always, that in case the determination of the District Court Judge shall be that such memorial or respective memorials as aforesaid has or have not in his opinion been duly signed as aforesaid, it shall be lawful for the majority of not less than three-fourths of the road ratepayers in the same suburban area or respective suburban areas, at any future time, and as often as need shall be, to sign and present to the District Court Judge a new memorial or new memorials to the effect aforesaid, whereupon the District Court Judge shall deal with such new memorial or respective memorials in the same manner as he is hereinbefore required to deal with the first of such memorials: Provided also that, in case there shall cease to be any Provincial Gazette, all such notices as aforesaid shall be published in 3 consecutive numbers of some daily or other newspaper circulating in the said city. And it is hereby declared that the Provincial Gazette or any such newspaper as aforesaid containing any such notice as aforesaid, purporting to have been signed by the District Court Judge, shall be sufficient prima facie proof of the statements therein respectively contained, and of due compliance with the several and respective requirements contained in this section.