Report on Petition (No. 4) of Hirini Taiwhanga and 70 Others.
The petitioners complain of the action of the Native Lands Court in depriving them of three blocks of land near the Bay of Islands; and pray either that a rehearing of their case should be granted, or that £500 should be paid to them in cash, or that 200 acres should be returned to each of them out of the three blocks.
I am directed to report as follows:—The Committee regret that the time at their disposal has not been sufficient to enable them to make such inquiries as would justify them in reporting an opinion on the subject-matter of this petition.
Ko Te Kupu a te Komiti mo runga i te Pukapuka-inoi (Nama 4) a Hirini Taiwhanga me ona hoa e 70.
E pouri ana nga kai-inoi mo te mahi a te Kooti Whakawa Whenua Maori i riro ai etahi whenua etoru e tata ana ki Tokerau a e inoi ana ratou kia whakawakia tuaruatia ranei aua whenua, kia utua ranei ratou ki te £500 moni kia whakahokia ranei ki ia tangata o ratou e 200 eka o roto o nga piihi etoru.
Kua whakahaua ahau kia ki penei atu ki te Whare:—E pouri ana te Komiti notemea kahore ratou i whai taima ki te uiui i nga tikanga e taea ai e ratou te whakaputa i tetahi whakaaro ma ratou mo runga i nga kupu o tenei pukapuka-inoi.