No.163.—Petition of Wepiha Apanui and 67 Others (No. 1).
Petitioners state that their land, called Pekapekatahi, near Whakatane, Bay of Plenty, has restrictions in the grant forbidding sale, except by the Governor in Council, and that they wish to sell this land to Europeans, having already enough for their own use. They ask that the restrictions may be removed.
I am directed to report as follows:—
That the names in the Crown grant are only trustees for the Patuwai Tribe. The land was confiscated and returned as a permanent reserve. The Committee would not recommend that the restrictions should be removed.
No. 163.—Pukapuka-inoi a Wepiha Apanui me etahi atu e 67 (Nama 1).
Ko nga kai-pitihana e mea ana ko to ratou whenua e karangatia nei ko Pekapekatahi e tutata ana ki Whakatane, Pei o Pereti, e whai here ana i roto i te karaati, a kahore e ahei kia hokona, ma te kawana rano i roto i tona kauniheia e whakaae katahi ano ka taea. E hiahia ana rotou ki te hoko ki te pakeha, e nui ana hoki a ratou whenua hei mahinga ma ratou no reira e tono ana ratou kia unuhia te here.
Kua whakahaua ahau kia ki penei:—
Ko nga ingoa o nga tangata i roto i te karauna karaati he kai tiaki kau ratou mo te iwi o Ngatipatuwai ko te whenua he mea tango i runga i te rau a te patu a i whakahokia kia ratou hei whenua rahui toturu. E mea ana te Komiti kaore e tika kia unuhia nga here.