No. 57 of 1882.—Petition of Pita Tunua and Parore.
Petitioners state that they have no land, and ask for a grant of 200 acres in a block known as Opuawhanga, near Whangarei. They say that" they were bewildered into signing documents."
I am directed to report as follows:—
That the Committee, having no new evidence before it, repeats the report of last year upon a petition from the same persons, as follows:" That there are four blocks of this name. No. 3 was Crown-granted to Eruera Maki, on the 27th June, 1878, as the sole owner. From him Government bought the land in 1879. No. 2 was Crown-granted to Pita Tunua an [gap — reason: damage] Parore, two of the petitioners, on the 27th June, 1868. It was sold to the Superintendent of Auckland in 1870. In 1872, deeds, then unregistered, were burned when the Government Buildings in Auckland were destroyed by fire. In 1878 Mr. Sheehan, then Native Minister, ordered a new deed to be prepared. This was signed by the grantees. The money paid on the second transfer was £6, merely to pay the expenses of the Natives. This deed specifies the reason why it was renewed, and is in every respect full, explicit, and regular. The Committee cannot recommend that the prayer of the petitioners be granted.