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Reports of the Native Affairs Committee, 1876.

Report on the Petition of Manihera te Rangitakaiwaho and Others of Wairarapa

Report on the Petition of Manihera te Rangitakaiwaho and Others of Wairarapa.

This is a petition from Natives of the Wairarapa, complaining that their lake, Wairarapa, has been improperly purchased by the Government Commissioners, inasmuch as the majority of the chiefs and their hapus objected to the sale of the same. They state that, in land sales, this lake has always been set aside as a reserve for the Natives.

I am directed to report as follows:—That the Committee are satisfied, from the evidence they have taken, that the majority of the owners of the lake have not joined in the sale, and they are of opinion that it would have been better that the title should have been investigated by the Native Lands Court, previous to the completion of the purchase; and the Committee are further of opinion that the petitioners, and any other Natives who may allege a claim, ought to have an opportunity of proving their title, if they are able to do so, before the Native Lands Court.

John Bryce,
Chairman.

29th September, 1876.