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Reports of the Native Affairs Committee, 1876.

General Report

General Report.

Inasmuch as most of the Maori Petitions which are being referred to this Committee are virtually in the nature of appeals from the decision of the Native Lands Court, and inasmuch as this class of petition is likely to be very numerous in the future, the Committee is of opinion that the establishment of a competent Court of appeal, the jurisdiction of which shall be confined exclusively to cases dealt with by the Native Lands Court, would enable such petitions as aforesaid to be dealt with much more intelligently than they can now be dealt with, and would be conducive to that fair and just redress of grievances which it is the desire of this Committee to see secured to the Maori race.

Resolved, therefore, that the Executive Government be recommended to take the matter into its favourable consideration, with a view of giving effect to the opinion of the Committee.

John Bryce,

23rd August, 1876.