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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,
Chairman.

22nd November, 1877.

[Translation.]
Ko te kupu a te Komiti mo runga i te Pukapuka-inoi a Hori Kerei Taiaroa.

E tono ana te kai-inoi kia utua ki a ia te moni e £6,000 ko te reti tenei o te whenua porowhita i Otepoti i mua atu o te karaatitanga ki te Huperiteneti o Otakou, a e tono ana hoki kia utua ki a ia nga hua mo te wai puritia ai tana moni e £6,000.

Kua whakahaua ahau kia ki penei atu ki te Whare:—

E whakaarohia ana e pohehetia ana te tino taunga o te whakariteritenga i whakaotia i runga i te utunga o te £5,000 ki nga Maori a i rere ke te mohiotanga o tetahi taha o tetahi taha ki nga tikanga o taua whakaaetanga. I runga i nga tikanga katoa he mea pai rawa kia whakakorea atu nga take pouritanga katoa a e whakaaro ana te Komiti me utu ano tetahi moni ki nga Maori ara nga reti i pukei i mua atu o te whakaputanga o te Karauna karaati, me whakatapu ranei tetahi porowhita whenua hei painga mo nga tangata Maori e whai tikanga ana ki taua wahi.

John Bryce,
Tumuaki.

Nowema 22, 1877.