Report on Petition of Timoti Ropitini.
This is a petition from a half-caste of Akaroa, who alleges that he is entitled to 50 acres of land sold by the Natives to Europeans, but which had been long previously purchased by petitioner's father. He prays that the 50 acres in question be returned to them.
I am directed to report as follows:—The petitioner having submitted no evidence in support of the allegations of his petition, this Committee caused inquiry to be made on the spot by the Rev. Mr. Stack, but the result of that inquiry has not been in favour of the petitioner.
The Committee cannot, therefore, recommend his prayer to the favourable consideration of the House.