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Report on the petition of Ihaia Tainui and three others: Together with Minutes of Proceedings

No. 164.—Petition of Ihaia Tainui and 3 Others

[i roto i te reo Māori]

No. 164.—Petition of Ihaia Tainui and 3 Others.

Mr. Alexander Mackay attended the Committee, and gave evidence on the above petition, which was not taken down. (Colonel Trimble here resumed the chair.)

Proposed by Mr. Sheehan, "That, in the opinion of this Committee, the request of the petitioners for the individualization of their titles is one which can be complied with, and ought to be given effect to without further delay; special care being taken to secure the reserved lands, to provide for a fair distribution of rents, and to protect the rights of any persons now in occupation."

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Upon which the following amendment was moved by Mr. Bryce:—"That the prayer of the petitioners could only be complied with by the expenditure of a large sum of money in subdivisional surveys, and after an arrangement as to the boundaries of individual holdings had been made among the Native owners. That it is by no means clear that a compliance with the prayer of the petitioners would conduce to the advantage of the reserves, or add to their value. That the equitable rights of the European tenants of a portion of the Greymouth Reserve ought to be fairly provided for before the issue of the grants as prayed for. That the Government should make inquiry as to the cost of the survey, and the effect the subdivision is likely to have upon the value of the estate, and communicate the result to the owners. Should the petitioners then still desire the subdivision to be made, that the desire ought to be complied with, subject to the preservation of the equitable rights of the tenants."

Upon the question being put, That the words proposed to be omitted stand part of the question, it was resolved in the affirmative.

On the motion of Mr. Sheehan, Resolved, That the Chairman be instructed to furnish the House and the Government with a copy of the minutes of this day's proceedings.

The Committee then adjourned.