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Reports of the Native Affairs Committee, 1877.

Report on Petition of Rihari Uruteangina

Report on Petition of Rihari Uruteangina.

Petitioner states that a piece of land named Pakaraka, in the District of Waitotara, near Whanganui, was sold to Europeans by one Piripi. He alleges that the block of land in question really belongs to himself and his hapu, and prays that means may be found of restoring it to them.

I am directed to report as follows:—

That it is evident from the statements of the petitioner and Major Kemp, who have been examined by the Committee, that the claim set forth in the petition involves a question of Native title to land, which, if reopened at all, ought to be inquired into by some legal tribunal capable of making a full inquiry. The Committee have no specific opinion to report.

John Bryce,

14th November, 1877.