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Reports of the Native Affairs Committee, 1877.

Report on Petition of Wiremu Potiki and Another

Report on Petition of Wiremu Potiki and Another.

Petitioners express wonder and disapproval that the Government should have reserved a piece of land near kaiapoi for Matiaha and his people, because they had no right to it, the petitioners being the real owners. They allege that Matiaha and his people, although living at Moeraki, belong really to Kaiapoi, where their mana does exist. The petitioners pray that Moeraki may be restored to them.

I am directed to report as follows:—

That the claims set forth in this petition involve questions of Native title to land which have already been investigated by a competent tribunal. The Committee cannot recommend a reopening of the case.

John Bryce,

16th November, 1877.