(1) The money from time to time standing to the credit of the Hunter Trust Account may, subject to payment of the costs and charges mentioned in section 6(a) of this Act, be applied by the Board for the purpose of making advances, in accordance with this section, in assistance of discharged soldiers in respect of their occupation and use of land within the Land District of Hawke's Bay, or for the purpose of making grants or loans for the benefit of orphan children of deceased soldiers and for the benefit of children (including stepchildren) under the age of 16 years of discharged soldiers who are mentally disordered within the meaning of the Mental Health Act 1969.
(2) Money may be advanced under this section to any discharged soldier for all or any of the following purposes:
(d) The purchase of implements, stock, seeds, plants, trees, and such other things as may be thought necessary by the Board for the successful occupation of land.
(3) There may also be readvanced on current account under this section to any discharged soldier, for all or any of the purposes specified in subsection (2) of this section, or for the purpose of enabling him to liquidate seasonal or other expenditure relative to his farming operations, any proceeds derived from the sale of livestock, chattels, or produce, and credited to current account.
(4) All money advanced by the Board under the authority of this section in respect of any land shall be repayable by instalments or otherwise as the Board may in each case determine, and shall bear interest at such rate as may be prescribed.
(5) Every loan under this section shall be secured by way of mortgage over the land in respect of which the money is advanced or over the mortgagor's interest in that land.
Subsection (1) of the original section 8 was amended, as from 31 October 1936, by section 35 Statutes Amendment Act 1936 (1936 No 58) by inserting the words
“and for the benefit of children (including stepchildren or legally-adopted children) under the age of sixteen years of discharged soldiers who are patients within the meaning of the Mental Defectives Act 1911”.
A reference to the Mental Health Act 1969 in subsection (1) was substituted, as from 1 April 1970, for a reference to the Mental Defectives Act 1911 pursuant to section 129(1) Mental Health Act 1969 (1969 No 16).
Section 8 was substituted, as from 13 December 1979, by section 3(1) Hunter Gift for the Settlement of Discharged Soldiers Amendment Act 1979 (1979 No 92).
Subsection (1) was amended, as from 1 July 1989, by section 86(1) Public Finance Act 1989 (1989 No 44) by inserting the word