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Reports of the Native Affairs Committee, 1877.

Report on Petition of Wiremu Puataata and Others. (Presented in 1876.)

Report on Petition of Wiremu Puataata and Others. (Presented in 1876.)

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

This petition is from certain Natives of the Bay of Islands, who state that they have been done out of their lands through the action of the Native Land Court, and pray either that £50 should be paid to them in cash, or that 1,000 acres should be restored to them.

I am directed to report as follows:—

That it appears from the evidence taken that applications for the rehearing of this 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.