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Further Papers Relative to Native Affairs

No. 3

No. 3.

Mr. Gisborne To The Speaker Of The Provincial Council, Napier.

Colonial Secretary's Office,
Auckland, 20th June, 1861.


I have the honor by the direction of Mr. Stafford, to acknowledge the receipt of a Petition of the Provincial Council of Hawke's Bay to the Governor, on the subject of the acquisition and occupation of Native lands, and to inform you that that Petition has been duly laid before His Excellency.

The Government entirely concurring with the general views expressed by the Petitioners, is convinced that the individualization of Native lands, and their investment with a Title from the Crown, are measures essential to the best interests of both races, and accordingly its best efforts will continue to be directed to the attainment of that object.

I have, &c.,

W. Gisborne,

The Speaker of the Provincial Council,