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Reports of the Native Affairs Committee, 1877.

Report on Petition of Wiremu Hunia Waikeri

Report on Petition of Wiremu Hunia Waikeri.

Petitioner prays for the restoration to him of 3,000 acres of land at Manukau and Waiuku, alleging that he is the real owner, that he never received payment for it, never was in arms against the Queen, and was absent from the colony at the time Ms claim might have been made.

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I am directed to report as follows:—

That the Committee, Laving communicated with Mr. Civil Commissioner Kemp, of Auckland, and taken the evidence of Major Heaphy on the ease, are of opinion that the petitioner has a claim to some consideration in respect of lands taken by the Government at Waiuku. The Committee are not prepared to say that the claim exists against the colony, but they believe that a sufficient case has been established to justify an inquiry into the matter by the Government, with a view to redress being afforded, and they recommend accordingly.

John Bryce,

21st August, 1877.