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Reports of the Native Affairs Committee, 1881.

No. 29 of 1881.—Petition of Mokena Kohere

No. 29 of 1881.—Petition of Mokena Kohere.

Petitioner alleges that he is, by Native custom, owner of land near Gisborne called Titirangi, incorporated in a block named Kaiti; that in 1873, when Kaiti was being passed through the Native Land Court, he was attending to Parliamentary duties in Wellington, and consequently his name was left out of the grants; that he was promised a rehearing; that in 1879, when the ease again came on, it lapsed from some unknown cause; that he has since made several efforts to get the matter reopened; and, finally, that in January, 1881, he attended a sitting of the Land Court, and was then informed that it could not be dealt with, and that he had better appeal to Parliament. The petitioner prays for relief.

I am directed to report as follows:—

That the Committee cannot see that any injustice has been done to the petitioner, but if there be any question of law it could be settled upon his making a new claim. The Committee has therefore no recommendation to make.

23rd August, 1881.
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