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Reports of the Native Affairs Committee, 1879, No. 2.

No. 45, Session II.—Petition of Michael Mulooly

No. 45, Session II.—Petition of Michael Mulooly.

The petitioner states that in the month of August, 1875, he purchased from certain Natives named in the petition a piece of land called Mangaroa No. 2, in the Poverty Bay District; that he spent £1,300 in improving the said land; that it was always admitted by the aforesaid Natives that he had fairly purchased the said land; that, in consequence of a Proclamation caused to be issued by John Alexander Wilson, Esq., Land Purchase Commissioner, stating that the Government intended to acquire such lands, the title of the petitioner has been seriously damaged and prejudiced; and that the petitioner has suffered loss to the extent of £6,000. He therefore prays that he may be declared to be the owner of the said land, or that compensation be granted to him.

I am directed to report as follows:—

That 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.

12th December 1879.