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Reports of the Native Affairs Committee, 1877.

Report on Petition of Hoani Kerei and Others

Report on Petition of Hoani Kerei and Others.

Petitioners pray that the lands at Whakatane taken for the sins of the people (i.e. confiscated) may be returned to them, as the people who murdered Mr. Volkner and Mr. James Fulloon are hung, and those who fought against the Queen have been taken prisoners and punished.

I am directed to report as follows:—

That the consideration of the request made by the petitioners for the restoration of confiscated land involves a large question of policy, and the Committee do not deem it desirable that they should express an opinion on the subject.

John Bryce,

30th October, 1877.