Report on Petition of Meihana Taipu and 10 Others.
This petition refers to certain land situated at Porirua, which has been Crown-granted to one Ellison in consideration of an old land purchase made in 1837.
The petitioners state that they claim the land because they are not aware that their father, the owner thereof, ever consented to its sale, and they ask that the deed be laid on the table of the House.
I am directed to report as follows:—That the subject-matter of this petition has been investigated on several occasions by Commissioners, European and Maori, appointed for the purpose, and on two previous occasions before Committees of the House of Representatives, which made very full inquiry into the matter, and in 1869 reported as follows:—
"A Crown grant for 388 acres (part of 2,000 acres which Rangihaeata sold to Ellison by deed dated 6th December, 1837) was signed by the Governor on the 20th June, 1863. An inquiry into the circumstances and validity of this and other purchases made by Ellison was begun by Mr. Commissioner Spain in 1843. That inquiry was continued by Mr. McLean in 1852, and a third and final inquiry was undertaken in 1862, by Major Edwards and Mr. George Swainson, Commissioner of Native Reserves in the Province of Wellington, with whom was associated Tamihana te Rauparaha; and it was in pursuance of the report of these three Commissioners that the Crown grant for 388 acres was issued by the Governor. The Committee examined Mr. Swainson and Tamihana te Rauparaha, and also Matene te Whiwhi (Rangihaeata's nephew) upon the various points connected with the sale and award to Ellison; they have found no reason whatever to question the propriety and fairness of the recommendation of the Commissioners in his favour, and which the Crown grant confirmed. The Committee direct me to report that, concurring with the tenor of the report above quoted, they cannot recommend the House to interfere in any way with the decision arrived at in the year 1862."page 21
It is now impossible to obtain as full evidence as has been obtained on former inquiries, and this Committee see no reason to differ from the report as quoted above.
Ko te Kupu a te Komiti mo runga i te Pukapuka-inoi a Meihana Taipu me ona hoa 10.
Ko tenei pukapuka-inoi mo tetahi whenua kei Porirua, kua Karauna Karaatitia ki tetahi tangata ko Eritana (Ellison) te ingoa hei whakarite i tetahi hoko tawhito ana i te tau 1837.
E ki ana nga kai-inoi no ratou te whenua, inahoki kahore ratou e mohio ana i whakaae to ratou papa, te tangata nona te whenua, ki te hokonga, a e tono ana ratou kia whakatakotoria te pukapuka tutu ki te aroaro o te Whare.
Kua whakahaua ahau kia ki penei atu ki te Whare:—Ko nga tikanga o tenei pukapuka-inoi kua ata kimihia i etahi wa e etahi Komihana, Pakeha Maori hoki i whakaturia mo taua mea, a e rua hoki nga kimihanga i te aroaro o nga Komiti o te Whare, oti katoa ana nga putake te whiriwhiri, a ko ta ratou kupu tenei i te tau 1869:—
"I te 20 o Hune, 1863, ka tuhia e te Kawana tona ingoa ki te Karauua karaati mo nga eka 388 (he wahi tenei no nga eka e 2,000 i hokona e Te Kangihaeata ki a Eritana i te 6 o nga ra o Hepetema, 1837). I kimikimihia nga tikanga o tenei me etahi atu whenua i hokona e Eritana, e Te Peina Komi-hana i te tau 1843; no te tau 1852 ka kimikimihia a no e Te Makarini; a no te tau 1862 katahi ka ata kimikimihia ka whakaotia e Meiha Erueti, e Te Wetini Komihana mo nga Whenua Rahui i te Takiwa ki Werengitana, ko Tamihana te Rauparaha to raua hoa Maori, a i runga i te kupu a aua tangata ka whakaputaina e Te Kawana te Karauna Karaati mo nga eka e 388. Kua pataia e te Komiti a Te Wetini, a Tamihana te Rauparaha, a Matene te Whiwhi hoki (te iramutu o Te Rangihaeata) mo runga i te hokonga me te tukunga o tetahi wahi ki a Eritana; a kahore he take i kitea e ratou e whakahe ai ratou ki te tika o te kupu a aua tangata a Meiha Erueti ma, mo taua tangata mo Eritana, i whakatuturutia e te Karauna Karaati. E whakahau ana te Komiti ki au kia ki atu au e rite ana to ratou whakaaro ki nga kupu kua tuhia i runga ake nei a ekore ratou e tono ki te Runanga Nui kia whai ritenga mo te mea i whakatuturutia i te tau 1862."
Na ekore rawa e taea inaianei te whakatepe i nga korero kia rite ki era kimikimihanga o mua a kahore tenei Komiti i kite i tetahi take hei whakarerenga ketanga i te Kupu kua tuhia i runga ake nei.