Report on the Petition of Meiha Kepa.
The petitioner prays for the rehearing of a case decided on by the Native Lands Court, on the ground that the provisions of the law have not been complied with.
I am directed to report as follows:—
That the Committee are of opinion that the case of the petitioner should be re-heard before the Native Lands Court, and would recommend that the Governor should order such re-hearing accordingly.
Further, they recommend that great care should be taken to carry out in their integrity the provisions of section thirty-three (33) of "The Native Lands Act, 1873," in reference to surveying. The blocks referred to in the petition were only surveyed trigonometrically and without traversing the boundaries, and this disregard of the law appears to have been the main cause of dissatisfaction.
Te Kupu a te Komiti mo runga i te Pukapuka-inoi a Meiha Kepa.
E tono ana te Kai-inoi kia whakawakia tuaruatia tetahi whenua kua whakataua e te Kooti; te take i tonoa ai e ki ana ia kahore i rite nga tikanga o te Ture.
Kua whakahaua ahau kia ki penei atu ki te Whare:—
E whakaaro ana te Komiti me whakawa tuarua te tikanga a te Kai-inoi i te aroaro o te page 6Kooti Whakawa Whenua Maori a e mea ana ratou kia tonoa atu ki te Kawana kia whakahaua e ia taua whakawa tuarua.
Tetahi kupu a te Komiti kia tino tupato te whakahaere te whakamana i nga tikanga o te tekihana tora tekau ma toru (33) o "Te Ture Whenua Maori, 1873," mo te ruritanga o nga whenua. Ko te ruritanga o nga whenua e whakahuatia ana i roto i te pukapuka-inoi he mea mahi kau i runga i te tikanga o nga teihana kahore i haerea nga rohe, ko tenei korenga whakamana i te Ture te take nui pea o to pouritanga.