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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,
Chairman.

16th October, 1876.

[Translation.]
Ko te Kupu a te Komiti mo nga mea Maori mo runga i te Pukapuka-inoi a Meha te Moananui me ona hoa 140.

E ki ana nga kai-inoi ko nga maina raiti me nga reti o nga whenua koura ki Ohinemuri e puritia ana mo nga taonga i tukua ki a ratou e te Kawanatanga; ko o ratou whenua e herea ana e te Kawanatanga; ko nga kau a nga pakeha e pokanoa tonu ana ki runga ki nga whenua o nga maori; a e ruri whenua ana nga tangata a te Make i te mea kahore nga tangata no ratou e whenua i whakaae.

Kua whakahaua ahau kia ki penei atu ki te Whare:—Ko nga maina raiti e whakahuatia ana i roto i te pukapuka-inoi e puritia ana e te Kawanatanga hei whakaea i nga taonga me nga moni i tukua i runga i te mana o tetahi pukapuka whakaaetanga a te Kawanatanga ratou ko nga Maori no ratou te whenua. E whakaaro ana te Komiti he iti rawa te take pouri a nga kai-inoi haunga ia te pokanoa a nga kau ki runga i o ratou whenua na te hapa o etahi tikanga o te Ture mo nga pauna o te Porowini o Akarana.

John Bryce,
Tumuaki.

Oketopa 16, 1876.