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Reports of the Native Affairs Committee, 1881.

No. 27 of 1881.—Petition of Hura and 3 Others

No. 27 of 1881.—Petition of Hura and 3 Others.

Petitioners state that their lands are on the north of the Whananaki, Bay of Islands, and are within the district sold to Government by Tipene Hari and others; that they bought this land in 1846 from Hoterene Tawatawa for money and property valued together at £31; that, notwithstanding the protest of the petitioners, the land was included in the survey, and passed into the hands of Government, and is now occupied by Europeans. The petitioners pray that their land may be marked out and a Crown grant issued to them for it.

I am directed to report as follows:—

That the Government is now inquiring into the rights of the petitioners, and the Committee has only to recommend an early settlement of their claims, if any.

18th August, 1881.