This Public Bill originated in the Legislative Council and having this day passed as now printed is transmitted to the House of Representatives for its concurrence.
Legislative Council,27th October, 1876.
Native Reserves Amendment.
|3.||Description of Native reserves to which Act applies.|
|4.||Board of Direction abolished.|
|5.||As to reserves of the first three classes. (1.) Power to sell and exchange. (2.) Power to lease for 21 years. (3.) For building, 60 years.|
|6.||As to reserves of the fourth and fifth classes. Consent of Natives to be obtained.|
|7.||Native title to be extinguished only by Native Land Court.|
|8.||Commissioner may apply to extinguish Native title.|
|9.||Procedure by the Court.|
|10.||Extinguishing Native title. Bringing land under Act.|
|11.||Trusts may be declared. Orders to be published in Gazette and Kahiti.|
|12.||Native owners may transfer lands to Commissioner as reserves.|
|13.||If beneficiaries not known.|
|14.||Default of beneficiaries.|
|15.||Amendments in Act of 1873. Special regulations for granting leases.|
|16.||Reserves of Crown or waste lands may be granted.|
|17.||Commissioner to hold lands on trusts.|
|18.||Lands excluded from operation of Act.|
A Bill Intituled
Be it therefore enacted by the General Assembly of New Zealand in Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—
|1.||The Short Title of this Act shall be "The Native Reserves Short Title. Amendment Act, 1876," and it shall be incorporated and read with "The Native Reserves Act, 1873."|
In this Act the following expressions shall have the meanings Interpretation. hereby assigned to them respectively.
"The said Acts" shall mean "The Native Reserves Act, 1873."
"The said Acts" shall mean "The Native Reserves Act, 1873," as amended by this Act.
"Commissioner" shall mean a "Native Reserves Commissioner appointed under the said Act," and shall include the Trustees for the time being of any Native reserve.
Section four of the said Act is hereby repealed, and in lieu Description of Native reserves to which Act applies. thereof it is enacted that—
The said Acts shall apply to all Native reserves of any of the following classes; and the term "Native reserve" shall, for the purposes of the said Acts, include,—
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|4.||Board of Direction abolished. Section seven of the said Act is hereby repealed, and the Board of Direction thereby provided is abolished from the day of the coming into operation of this Act.|
As to reserves of the first three classes. Section nineteen of the said Act is hereby repealed, and the following substituted in lieu thereof:—
With respect to any lands comprised in or forming part of any Native reserves within his district, of the first second or third class above enumerated, and in respect of which no trust shall have been created inconsistent with the exercise of these present powers, it shall be lawful for any Commissioner,—
|6.||As to reserves of the fourth and fifth classes. With respect to any lands comprised in or forming part of any Native reserve within his district, of the fourth or fifth class above enumerated, it shall be lawful for any Commissioner, with the consent Consent of Natives to be obtained. of the Native beneficially interested therein, to lease such lands, or any portion thereof, for the term of twenty-one years, or, for building purposes for the term of sixty years, in the manner and subject as in the foregoing section is prescribed.page 3|
Sections thirty-five to thirty-nine inclusive of the said Act are hereby repealed, and the following substituted in lieu thereof:—
The Native title over any land comprised in or forming part of Native title to be extinguished only by Native Land Court. any Native reserve, as the same are defined in subsection five of section three of this Act, shall henceforth be extinguished only by process of the Native Land Court; and also the assent of the Natives to bring any such land under the provisions of "The Native Reserves Act, 1873," as amended by this Act, shall be ascertained in future by similar process only; and in any such process the provisions of "The Native Land Act, 1873," shall apply in every particular.
|8.||In any case where any Commissioner shall find that the Commissioner may apply to extinguish Native title. Native title over the land comprised in any Native reserve has not been extinguished, and that it would be advantageous for the management thereof that the Native title over the same should be extinguished, it shall be lawful for such Commissioner, with the consent of the Natives beneficially interested therein, to make application to the Native Land Court for that purpose.|
|9.||The Native Land Court shall hear and determine any such Procedure by the Court. application, as if the same had been made by the Native owners of the land, and shall ascertain in manner it shall think fit the names of all the owners of the land comprised in the application, the proportionate undivided share of each such owner therein; and the assent or dissent of the said owners to such land being dealt with in the manner proposed.|
|10.||If the Court shall be satisfied with the inquiry made it shall Extinguishing Native title. make a memorial of ownership of the land in manner provided by the forty-seventh section of "The Native Land Act, 1873," and also may make an order extinguishing the Native title and declaring that the land comprised in the application, or so much thereof as the Court shall think fit, shall be held by the Commissioner as a Native reserve Bringing land under Act. within the meaning of the said Acts, and subject to the provisions of such Acts.|
Upon any application as aforesaid for the extinguishment of Trusts may be declared. the Native title over any land, either the Commissioner or the Native owners of the land may make a suggestion to the Court of the particulars trusts or purposes upon or for which it may be proposed that the land shall be held for the future. And thereupon, if the Court shall be satisfied that the owners all concur in the suggestion, and that such intended trusts or purposes are likely to be beneficial to such owners, the said Court shall make an order declaring that the land shall be held in future upon or for such trusts or purposes accordingly.
The land described in any such order shall, from the date of such order, vest in the Commissioner in whose favour the order is made and his successors in office, upon such trusts or for such purposes as shall be declared to the Court in each case, and shall be dealt with by such Commissioner upon the said trusts only.
Every order that shall be made by the Court under the provisions Orders to be published in Gazette and Kahiti. of this and the foregoing section shall forthwith, after the expiration of the time allowed for an application for the rehearing of any case, be published in the New Zealand Gazette, and also in the Kahiti.
Sections forty-five and forty-six of the said Act are hereby Native owners may transfer lands to Commissioner as reserves. repealed, and the following substituted in lieu thereof:—
The Native owners of any land in respect of which the Native title has not been extinguished may apply to the Native Land Court for the purpose of transferring all their estate and interest in such land to the Commissioner of the district wherein the land is situated upon such particular trusts and purposes as they shall declare to the said Court.
The Court shall hear and determine such application, and make such order therein as provided in the foregoing sections relative to the extinguishment of the Native title upon the application of a Commissioner.page 4
|13.||If beneficiaries not known. Wherever doubts shall arise as to the persons who may claim to be beneficially interested in any portion of the land comprised within any Native reserve, the Commissioner for the district wherein any such reserve shall be situated shall make application to the Native Land Court for the purpose of ascertaining the names of all persons who shall be judged by such Court to be beneficially interested therein. And the Court shall hear any such application and determine the same according to such evidence and in such manner as it shall think best, and shall make such order therein as to it shall seem fitting.|
Default of beneficiaries. In case there shall at any time be no person of the Native race entitled to the benefit of the proceeds accruing out of any Native reserve, the Commissioner shall hold such reserve and the proceeds thereof upon trust for the general purposes of this Act, with and subject to all the trusts powers and provisions herein contained.
Amendments in Act of 1873. "The Native Reserves Act, 1873," is hereby further amended as follows:—
|16.||It shall be lawful for the Governor, with the advice of his Reserves of Crown or waste lands may be granted. Executive Council, at any time in the name and on behalf of Her Majesty, to issue a Crown grant to the Commissioner of any district established under the provisions of the said Act and his successors of any demesne lands or waste lands of the Crown within such district that may at any time have been or be set apart for Native purposes.|
|17.||Commissioner to hold land on trusts. Every Commissioner to whom any such lands shall be granted, and his successors in office, shall hold the said lands upon and for the particular trusts and purposes upon or for which the same were respectively reserved guaranteed set apart or appropriated; or upon and for such of the said trusts or purposes as at the time of his tenure of office are subsisting or capable of taking effect; and failing these, then upon and for the general purposes of the said Acts.|
|18.||Lands excluded from operation of Act. "The Native Reserves Act, 1873," and this Act shall not in any way apply to—