Report on the Petition of Matiaha Mokai and 4 Others.
The petitioners state that they hold a certificate under the Native Lands Act for a block of land in the District of the Wairarapa, called Ahikouka, and they pray for the issue of the Crown grant in terms of that certificate.
The Committee have thought it necessary to make very full inquiry into this case by the examination of two of the petitioners, and by taking the evidence of Ngatuere, the Native chief, whose opposition has been the cause of the non-issue of the Crown grant up to the present time.
Mr. Clarke, of the Native Office, and Mr. Karaitiana Takamoana, M.H.R., have also been examined.
I am directed to report as follows:—
That, in the opinion of the Committee, the danger of any trouble arising from the issue of the grant has been over-estimated by the Native Department.
The Committee recommend, therefore, that the grant should be issued in the terms of the certificate, and as required by law, without further delay.