No. 107.—Petition of Retireti Tapihana and Matenga te Wahaeoa (No.1).
Petitioners state that they have been sent to Wellington to represent their hapus, the Ngatiwhahaue and Ngatirangiwewehi. Petitioners say that they have heard that on the 1st May, 1883, a petition had been drawn up at Cambridge, praying for the repeal of "The Thermal-Springs Act, 1880;" they further say that this petition, signed by Rutene te Umanga and others, purports to emanate from Kotorua, whereas it was written at Cambridge; they assert that Umanga and his tribe are not Arawas; that the petition represents the views of certain land companies and lawyers who wish "to make more money by the evil practices which they are now carrying on at Waikato;" and they pray that "The Thermal-Springs Act, 1880," be not repealed.
I am directed to report as follows:—
That the evidence in support of this petition was similar to that given last session on the petitition of Petera to Pukuatua (No. 73), and the Committee has to make a Similar recommendation, namely, that in any attempt M amend. "The Thermal-Springs Act, 1880," careful attention should be accorded by the Government to the evidence then given by Aporo te Tipitipi, and would further recommend for consideration the evidence now given by Retireti Tapihana.
No.107.—Pukapuka-inoi a Retireti Tapihana me Matenga Te Waharoa (Nama 1).
E ki ana nga kai-pitihana tukua mai raua ki Poneke hei whakahere i nga take o to raua hapu o Ngatiwhakaue me Ngatirangiwewehi. E ki ana nga kai-pitihana i rongo raua i tuhia mai tetahi pitihana i Kemureti i te 1 o nga ra o Mei, 1883, e inoi ana kia whakakorea "Te Ture Ngawha, 1880." Ka ki ano raua ko te pitihana i tuhia e Rutene to Umanga me etahi atu e mea ana no Rotorua mai, kaore, i tuhia ke mai i Kemureti: E ki ana raua e hara te Umanga me tona iwi i a Te Arawa: Ko taua pitihana he whakaputa ke i nga whakaaro a etahi Kamupene whenua me etahi roia e hiahia ana "kia whiwhi moni atu ano ratou i runga i nga mahi kino e whakahaerea mai nei e ratou i Waikato." Heoi e inoi ana raua kia kau e whakakorea "Te Ture Ngawha, 1880."
Kua whakahaua ahau kia ki penei—
Ko nga korero tautoko i tenei pitihana e rite ana ki nga korero o tera tau mo te pitihana a Petera te Pukuatua (No. 73) a ka pera ano te kupu a te Komiti, ara,—ki te whakatikaia "Te Ture Ngawha, 1880," me matua whakaaro te Kawanatanga ki nga korero a Aporo Tipitipi, o tera tau me a Retireti Tapihana hoki kua korero mai nei.