No. 231 of 1882.—Petition of Petera te Pukuatua and 86 Others.
Petitioners pray that they may be allowed to lease 600 acres of land at Koutu to Mr. Robert Graham, notwithstanding the provisions of the Thermal-Springs Act.
I am directed to report as follows:—
That the Committee cannot recommend any departure from the natural action of the Thermal-Springs Act in favour of Mr. Graham. There is a great jealousy on the part of the Natives in regard to Europeans getting a surreptitious footing in the country, and these persons sent Mr. Tipitipi, himself holding a large interest in the land, to give evidence against the prayer of this petition. The Government has had a lease of the land referred to since 1874.
No. 231 of 1882.—Pukapuka inoi a Petera Te Pukuatua me etahi atu 86.
E Inoi ana nga Kai-pitihana kia whakaaetia ta ratou riihi i te 600 eka kia Ropata Kereama kia kaua e taea te arai e te Ture Ngawha.
Kua whakahaua ahau kia ki penei:—
E kore te Komiti e kaha ki te ki me whakarereke nga tikanga o te Ture Ngawha mo te taha kia Kereama. He nui rawa te puhaehae o nga Maori ki nga Pakeha e haere huna ana ki te kimi whenua i reira, tukua mai ana e ratou a Te Tipitipi he tangata whaitake ano ki reira hei whaaki korero whakahe mo te inoi o tenei Pitihana. I te Kawanatanga ano e riihi ana taua whenua timata mai ra ano i te tau 1874.