No. 323.—Petition of Henare Matua and 919 Others, Natives of the District of Hawke's Bay.
No. 324.—Petition of Huru te Hiaro and 241 Others, Natives of the Districts of Hawke's Bay and Poverty Bay.
No. 325.—Petition of Wiremu Pere and 410 Others, Natives of the District of Poverty Bay.
No. 326.—Petition of Ngatuere Tawhirimatea Tawhao and 189 Others, Natives of the District of Wairarapa.
No. 327.—Petition of Te Poihipi Tukairangi and 832 Others, Natives of the Taupo District.
Petitioners state that they are concerned in many cases of great importance against Europeans, and that they are grieved to see that their cases are adjudicated upon by Mr. Justice Richmond, to whom page 22they object for various reasons set forth in the petition. They therefore pray that the cases of the petitioners and other Maoris may be heard before some other Judge of the Supreme Court.
I am directed to report that, the Native Lawsuits Bill having been considered by the House, the Committee do not think it necessary to make any recommendation on the subject-matter of these petitions.