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Reports of the Native Affairs Committee, 1876.

[Report on the Petition of Ihaia Tainui and Another]

Report on the Petition of Ihaia Tainui and Another.

Petitioners complain that certain reserves situated at Greymouth were given up to the Government on certain conditions, which they allege have not been complied with.

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They think that the Government have not managed their affairs properly, inasmuch as they have expended sums of money accruing from these reserves on Government works.

They pray that they may be allowed to apply to the Native Lands Court to have their title investigated, with a view to the issue of Crown grants to individuals. They further pray that their land may be given back to them, and that they may receive compensation for the construction of roads and railway lines on their lands.

I am directed to report as follows:—That, in the opinion of the Committee, the petitioners in this case do not appear to have any good ground of complaint, and that the reserve in question seems to be fairly and judiciously administered on behalf of the Natives concerned.

The Committee is further of opinion that the law which enables the Governor to sell such reserves should be amended, so as to provide that no such sale should be effected without a special Act of the Legislature in such cases.

John Bryce,
Chairman.

12th September, 1876.

[Translation.]
Ko te kopu a te Komiti mo runga i te Pukapuka-inoi a Ihaia tainui me tetahi atu.

E ki ana nga kai-inoi ko etahi whenua porowhita kei Arahura i tukua ki te Kawanatanga i runga i etahi tikanga e kiia ana e ratou kahore i whakamana.

E mahara ana ratou kahore i whakahaerea paitia e te Kawanatanga o ratou tikanga notemea kua whakapaua etahi moni e tupu ake ana i enei porowhita mo nga mahi Kawanatanga.

E inoi ana ratou ki tukua ratou kia tono ki te Kooti Whakawa Whenua Maori kia kimihia to ratou take ki reira kia ahei ai te whakaputa he Karauna karaati ki ia tangata. E inoi ana hold ratou kia whakahokia to ratou whenua ki a ratou kia utua hoki ratou mo te hanganga rori rerewe hoki i runga i to ratou whenua.

Kua whakahaua ahau kia ki penei atu ki te Whare:—Ki te whakaaro o te Komiti kahore he take tika a nga kai-inoi mo to ratou pouritanga a e maharatia ana e whakahaeretia tikatia paitia ana hoki taua whenua porowhita mo nga Maori e whai tikanga ana ki reira.

E whakaaro ana hoki te Komiti ko te Ture e whakamana nei i te Kawana ki te hoko i aua tu porowhita, me whakatikatika kia whakaritea ai kia kaua e taea he hoko pera engari me matua hanga e te Paremete tetahi Ture mo aua hoko.

John Bryce,
Tumuaki.

Hepetema 12, 1876.