No. 1 of 1882.—Petition of Manehera te Tahamate.
Petitioner states that the only payment received for the lands of his father—namely, Takapuna, near the Heads—consisted of pipes, iron pots, tobacco, and tomahawks. He prays that the land may be returned to him and his sister, or other recompense given.
I am directed to report as follows:—
That in 1874 the petitioner applied to the Government upon this subject, and was then told that the matter could not be opened, as several generations had passed since the land was sold. From page 4the evidence of Major Te Wheoro it seems that Heteraka Takapuna, along with other chiefs, participated in the payment. All transactions of this kind were then in the hands of the chiefs. The Committee has no recommendation to make.