No. 405.—Petition of Nui Hare and 30 Others.
Petitioners state that they are owners of the Island Motukaraka, situated at the mouth of the Tapuae River, in Hokianga Harbour. They say that George Webster claims to have a Crown grant of it. They think there must be a mistake, as the island contains only four acres, whilst Webster's grant shows thirty-five acres. They pray for an inquiry and redress.
I am directed to report as follows:—
That the land referred to has been held by various European owners since 1832, and is now in the hands of George Webster. In the Crown grant the swamps and mud-banks surrounding the dry land are included. The total area is about thirty-five acres, though the dry land is only about five acres. The Committee has no recommendation to make.
No. 405.—Pukapuka-inoi a Nui Hare me etahi atu.
E ki ana nga kai-pitihana no ratou tera moutere a Motu Karaka e takoto ana, i te puaha o te awa o Tapuae i Hokianga. E ki ana ratou e mea ana a Hori Wepiha e whai karati ana ia mo taua moutere e whakaaro ana ratou tera pea e pohehe ana ia no te mea e wha anake nga eka i roto i tenei moutere ko nga eka i roto i te karati a Wepiha e 35 eka. E inoi ana ratou kia kimihia te take me tetahi tikanga ma ratou.
Kua whakahaua ahau kia ki penei:—
Ko te whenua e korerotia nei he maha nga pakeha i a ia i muri iho i te tau 1832 a kei a Hori Wepiha ano inaianei. Ko nga repo me nga tahuna e karapoti ana i taua whenua kei roto katoa i te Karauna Karati. Ko te tino nui o taua whenua i tae ki te 35 eka ko te motu anake ia kihai i neke ake i te 5 eka. Kahore he whakaaro a te Komiti i runga i tenei mea.