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Reports of the Native Affairs Committee, 1877.

Report on Petition of Titipo of Hauraki

Report on Petition of Titipo of Hauraki.

Petitioner states that her name was improperly, and through no fault of her own, left out of the grant of a piece of land in the Waikato, called Punia, the title having been adjudicated upon in her absence; that the said block of land has since been sold by the persons whose names were on the grant; and she prays for redress for having been, as she alleges, unfairly deprived of her property.

I am directed to report as follows:—

That this petition is virtually in the nature of an appeal from the decision of the Native Lands Court. The Committee believe that it is not desirable that they should act in the capacity of a Court of Appeal from the Native Land Court, inasmuch as it is manifestly impossible that they can take sufficient evidence, or devote sufficient time, to a single case to enable them to arrive at a satisfactory conclusion. In the present instance the Committee do not feel justified in making any specific recommendation.

John Bryce,

29th October, 1877.