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Reports of the Native Affairs Committee, 1877.

Report on Petition of Hori Kerei Taiaroa

Report on Petition of Hori Kerei Taiaroa.

The petitioner requests that the Government will pay him the sum of £6,000, being the rent for the Princes Street Reserve, Dunedin, previous to the period at which the grant was made to the Superintendent of Otago; and also that interest be paid him for the time during which the said sum of £6,000 has been withheld.

I am directed to report as follows:—

That there appears to have been a misapprehension as to the full extent of the compromise effected by the payment of the sum of £5,000 to the Natives, and the two parties understood the agreement differently. That, under all the circumstances, it is highly desirable to remove all further grounds of complaint; and the Committee is of opinion that a further payment should be made to the Natives of the rents which had accrued prior to the issue of the Crown grant, or a reserve should be made of land to that value, for the benefit of the Natives interested.

John Bryce,

22nd November, 1877.