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Reports of the Native Affairs Committee, 1877.

[Report on Petition of Henare Tomoana and Others]

Report on Petition of Henare Tomoana and Others.

Petitioners set forth that under the Native Land Act of 1873 only ten names were permitted to be inserted in a certificate of title or Crown grant, although in all instances within their knowledge the owners were more numerous. They proceed to state that, owing to the interests of the persons in whose favour the certificates or grants were issued being legally undefined, grievous injury has been sustained by the petitioners, inasmuch as persons possessing (really) only a minor right have assumed to deal with the lands certificated or granted; and they pray for redress.

I am directed to report as follows:—

That, as the proposed legislation on the subject of Native lands has been withdrawn from the consideration of the House for the present session, the Committee do not deem it necessary to report a specific opinion on the subject-matter of this petition, but recommend its contents to the consideration of the House when the proposed legislation with regard to the management of Native lands is brought before it.

John Bryce,
Chairman.

23rd October, 1877.

[Translation.]
Ko te kupu a te komiti mo runga i te Pukapuka-inoi a Henare Tomoana ma.

E ki ana nga kai-inoi i runga i nga ritenga o Te Ture whenua Maori, tekau an ake nga ingoa tangata e tukua ana ki roto ki te tiwhikete, Karauna karaati ranei, ahakoa ki to ratou mohio ake he maha noa atu page 33nga tangata no ratou te whenua. E ki ana hoki ratou notemea kihai i whakaaturia i runga i te Ture te paanga o ia tangata o te karaati o te tiwhikete ranei ka nui te mate i pa ki nga kai inoi inahoki ko nga tangata i iti to ratou paanga kua tu ake ki te whakahaere tikanga mo aua tu whenua, a e tono ana nga kai-inoi kia whakaorangia ratou.

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

Notemea kua unuhia ki waho o te Whare inaianei nga Ture i kiia ra kia mahia mo nga whenua Maori kahore te Komiti i whakaaro kia whai kupu tuturu ratou mo runga i tenei pukapuka-inoi, engari e mea ana ratou ki te Whare kia whakaarohia nga kupu o tenei pukapuka-inoi a te wa e korerotia ai nga tikanga mo nga whenua Maori i te aroaro o te Whare.

John Bryce,
Tumuaki.

Oketopa 23,1877.