Report on Petition of Meiha Keepa Rangihiwinui. (Presented in 1876.)
This is a petition presented last session, and referred back in consequence of the Native Affairs Committee of last year not having reported an opinion to the House.
The petitioner states that the Ngarauru tribe, having been in rebellion, was punished by the confiscation of their lands, but that the petitioner and his tribe, who have always been loyal, have claims upon the lands so confiscated. The petitioner further alleges that an award of 400 acres of land in the Waitotara District was made to him in satisfaction of such claims, but that it was afterwards discovered that the land had been leased to a Mr. Vincent, and that complications recited in the petition arose therefrom.
The petitioner states that he agreed to an arrangement whereby Vincent was to be regarded as his tenant, and that he has been called on by the executors of the late Mr. Vincent to execute a lease, but, while willing to carry out the arrangement made, thinks that a Crown grant should first be issued to him.
I am directed to report as follows:—
That the Committee understand that the matters referred to in the petition have been arranged to the satisfaction of the petitioner, and therefore do not think it necessary to express, an opinion on the merits of the case.