No. 197.—Petition of Meiha Keepa Rangihiwinui and 278 Others (No. 2).
Petitioners express alarm at lawyers' costs in the Native Land Court, and state that several blocks have been swallowed by these expenses. They pray that lawyers should be prohibited from practising in Land Courts, and in support of their petition refer to a case at the Waikato, where a block of 12,000 acres was sold for £3,600, whilst the charges against it were £3,700, leaving a debit to the Natives concerned of £100.
I am directed to report as follows:—
That, as there is now a Bill under the consideration of Parliament dealing with the Native Land Court and the employment of solicitors and agents therein, the Committee would call the immediate attention of Government to this petition.