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Reports of the Native Affairs Committee, 1882.

No. 297 of 1882.—Petition of Kirihini Te Moeranga

No. 297 of 1882.—Petition of Kirihini Te Moeranga.

Petitioners say that a burial-place is included in land sold to Government at Otamawhakaruru, Mongonui, and that this burial-ground was excepted from the sale, but petitioners find that no provision has been made to give them possession. They pray that 20 acres of land, including the burial-ground, may be given to them.

I am directed to report as follows:—

That the petitioners do not give the name of the block referred to; but Mr. Tawhai, who presented the petition, thinks it is Puheke. The Committee has no evidence as to whether the land has been sold by Government to settlers. The Committee recommends that inquiry should be made, and if it be found that the land is still held by the Crown, that any burial-place within it should be protected.

4th August, 1882.