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Reports of the Native Affairs Committee, 1877.

Report on Petition of Utiku Potaka

Report on Petition of Utiku Potaka.

The petitioner sets forth at considerable length his claim to certain portions of the Rangitikei-Manawatu Block, asserting that, although the claim of his tribe to certain well-defined blocks of land has never been disputed, only one member thereof ever received any of the money paid for the Rangitikei-Manawatu land, and in this case only because the recipient was domiciled with another tribe. Petitioner prays for inquiry and redress.

I am directed to report as follows:—

That the claims set forth in the petition involve questions of Native title which, if reopened at all, ought to be inquired into by some competent tribunal capable of making a full inquiry. But, in the absence of evidence, the Committee are not prepared to say whether or not the case of the petitioner should be reopened.

John Bryce,

19th November, 1877.