Report on Petition of Aperahama Tahunuirangi.
The petitioner, a chief of the Ngatiapa tribe, complains that the reserves made for him and his tribe in certain old land purchases in the Whanganui and Rangitikei Districts are insufficient, and that his right even to them is only a right held in common with other members of his tribe.
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 a Aperahama Tahunuirangi.
Ko te kai-inoi he rangatira no Ngatiapa, e ki ana ia ko nga porowhita mo ratou ko tona iwi i roto i etahi hoko tawhito i Rangitikei i Whanganui kahore e rite ana a ko tona ake tikanga ki reira he mea kau na ratou tahi ko tona iwi.
Kua whakahaua ahau kia ki penei atu ki 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.