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Reports of the Native Affairs Committee, 1876.

Report on Petition of Meha te Moananui and 140 Others

Report on Petition of Meha te Moananui and 140 Others.

The petitioners complain that miners' rights and gold fields rents at Ohinemuri are kept back for goods supplied to them by the Government; that their lands are locked up by the Government; that the cattle of Europeans continually trespass on their lands; and that Mr. Mackay's men are surveying land without the consent of the owners thereof.

I am directed to report as follows:—That the miners' rights referred to in the petition are retained by the Government to recoup the cost of goods supplied and money advanced by virtue of an agreement made between the Government and the Native owners. The Committee are of opinion that the petitioners have little cause of complaint, except in the matter of cattle trespassing on their land, which is due to the defective character of the Provincial Impounding Act.

John Bryce,

16th October, 1876.