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Petition of Heta Hungahunga on the subject of certain lands at Waipawa, in the Province of Hawke's Bay

[Translation.] — To the Parliament, to Henry Russell

To the Parliament, to Henry Russell.

Waipawa, 26th August, 1871.


I write to you on the subject of my land at Waipawa. I was deceived by the Court, because the Court did not act correctly in the case of that land. The Court left out the boundary of the sale to the Queen, and took in half of my land. I have therefore for some years disputed this matter, because the boundaries are shown on the plans, and I know their position on the land. The boundary at the present time is that laid down by the Court. I say that the Queen's boundary is the correct one and not that fixed by the Native Land Court. I ask the Parliament to take the case into their consideration, in order that I may get back my land now, because there is a certain European disputing about my said piece of land: he declares that it is his, and I say that it is mine. In this I am supported by the plan. I have asked Mr. McLean to give me back that piece of land. If the Parliament take no action in the matter of my land, I will not cease to urge the case.

Heta Hungahunga.

Waipawa, 26th August, 1871.

This is a statement respecting what Mr. McLean said when the land at Waipukurau was sold to the Queen.

Mr. McLean said that, if the land were ceded, he would give us a portion out of the lands of the Queen.

Now I wish to see the fulfilment of what that man said. I have, therefore, asked the Assembly to see whether anything can be done with regard to Mr. McLean's statement made before all of us at the time of the sale of Waipukurau. I now ask that the land for me may be decided upon, so that Mr. McLean's word may be fulfilled.

Heta Hungahunga.