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Reports of the Native Affairs Committee, 1877.

Report on Petition of Hone te Awa and Others. (Presented in 1876.)

Report on Petition of Hone te Awa and Others. (Presented in 1876.)

This is a petition presented last session, and referred back in consequence of the Native Affairs Committee of last session not having reported an opinion to the House.

Petitioners state that they have been done out of their lands, situated near the Bay of Islands, inasmuch as they were induced to allow the name of one Parore to be the sole name in the grant. They allege that when the land was sold, and the price paid, they did not receive a single copper of the price, and that when they applied for a rehearing of their case before the Native Land Court the application was refused. They pray that £1,000 of the price should be paid to them, or that 12,000 acres should be restored.

I am directed to report as follows:—

That it appears from the evidence taken that applications for the re-hearing of the block were refused by the Governor in Council, in consequence of a recommendation to that effect made by the Chief Judge of the Native Land Court. The law gives the Governor in Council a discretionary power, and there is no evidence before the Committee to show that that discretion was not properly exercised. The Committee can do no more than refer the petition to the Government for their consideration.

John Bryce,

19th September, 1877.