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Reports of the Native Affairs Committee, 1879, No. 2.

No. 166, Session II.—Petition of Hans Tapsell (No. 2)

No. 166, Session II.—Petition of Hans Tapsell (No. 2).

This petition of Hans Tapsell is respecting a block of land known by the name of Te Puke. The land was absolutely sold to the Government; but petitioner asserts that he and the others rendered great service in the purchase of the land, and consequently were promised a portion of it. They settled on the land in the year 1864, and are still there cultivating it. Their dead are buried there. They have houses, and have enjoyed uninterrupted occupation. They urge that effect be given to the promise made them. They have spoken both to Sir Donald McLean and Mr. Sheehan, but have not received a settlement.

I am directed to report as follows:—

That the Committee regret that the time at their disposal has not been sufficient to enable them to make such inquiries as would justify them in reporting an opinion on the subject-matter of this petition.

11th December 1879.