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Reports of the Native Affairs Committee, 1877.

Report on Petition of Wi Katene te Mapu and Others

Report on Petition of Wi Katene te Mapu and Others.

Petitioners complain of the existing laws affecting Native lands, and object also to the passing of the Native Land Bill introduced during the present session. The petitioners think that all laws affecting Native lands should remain in abeyance for a time, alleging that there is no hurry, as the Maoris do not intend to carry their lands away, or place them under the dominion of France, but are content to remain under the authority of the Queen.

I am directed to report as follows:—

That the subject-matter of this petition having been considered by the House, and the Bill in question withdrawn, the Committee do not think it necessary to report specifically on the merits of the various matters referred to by the petitioners; but the Committee are of opinion that, in view of future legislation on the subject of Native lands, the opinions expressed in this and other petitions of a similar character deserve the careful consideration of the House and the Government.

John Bryce,

28th August, 1877.