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Reports of the Native Affairs Committee, 1877.

Report on Petition of Herewini Te Rangai and Others

Report on Petition of Herewini Te Rangai and Others.

Petitioners state that their land at Hikutaia, Thames District, was passed through the Native Land Court six years ago, and that, owing to the refusal of the Court to subdivide, things have been in an unsatisfactory state, inasmuch as they do not know where their boundary is; and they pray that some means may be devised to enable them to ascertain and fix their boundaries.

I am directed to report as follows:—

That this petition is virtually in the nature of an appeal from the decision of the Native Land 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.