No. 187.—Petition of Hotene Pororaurangi and Others.
Petitioners state that a large portion of Puketauhinu having been awarded to the Whanu-A-Apanui hapu, a rehearing of the case was arranged for; that the rehearing took place at Whakatane on the 26th September, 1882, but that, the land having been gazetted as waste lands of the Crown nothing could be done. They refer to a promise by the Government of special legislation, and ask for compensation for expenses incurred in attending the Court.
I am directed to report as follows:—
That there is a real difficulty in this matter, which can only be settled by legislation. The Committee has been informed that Government intends to introduce into Parliament a Bill to deal with this and some other similar cases. The Committee recommends the petition to the consideration of Government.