No. 96 of 1882.—Petition of Te Hura and 4 Others.
Petitioners refer to a petition presented last year, in reference to land which they had bought north of Wananaki, Bay of Islands, from Hoterene Tawatawa, and which was afterwards sold to Government by Tipene Hari and others. They acknowledge that they had no hereditary right to the land, but simply bought it from the Ngatiwai tribe. They further state that they have no other home. They ask that the land should be given to them.
I am directed to report as follows:—
That last session the following report was adopted:" 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." Government made inquiry, from which it appears that Mr. Searancke bought the land in 1864, and surveyed it in Tipene Hari's presence. Hari's claim was then undoubted. Te Hura's claim was not recognized by the chiefs when mentioned shortly afterwards. The Committee has no recommendation to make.
No. 96 of 1882.—Pukapuka-inoi a Te Hura me etahi atu e 4.
E Whakahua ana nga kai-pitihana ki tetahi pitihana i tukua mai i tera tau mo tetahi whenua i hokona e ratou kei te pito ki raro o Whananaaki, Pe Whairangi; ko taua whenua i hokona e ratou i a Te Hoterene Tawatawa, a no muri iho ka hokona e Tipene Haari me etahi atu ki te Kawanatanga. E whakaae ana nga kai-pitihana kaore o ratou ake take tipuna ki taua whenua, heoi ano, he whenua i hokona e ratou i a Ngatiwai. E ki ana ano nga kai-pitihana kaore o ratou kainga ke atu na he tono ta ratou kia hoatu taua whenua mo ratou.
Kua whakahaua ahau kia ki penei:—
I tera Paramete i penei te whakatau a te Komiti: —"Kei te whiriwhiria e te Kawanatanga nga take o nga kai-pitihana, no reira ka tono atu te Komiti kia hohoro te whakaoti i o ratou take mehemea ra e whaitake ana." Na kua rapua e te Kawanatanga taua mea, kua kitea i hokona e Te Heringiki taua whenua i te tau 1864, na i reira tonu a Tipene Haari i te ruritanga; i tino tuturu te take o Haari i taua takiwa. No te whakahuatanga i te take o Hura i muri tata iho kihai i whakaaetia e nga rangatira. Heoi kaore he kupu ke atu a te Komiti.