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Reports of the Native Affairs Committee, 1880.

No. 160 of 1880.—Petition of Hereaka Tirita Turei and Others

No. 160 of 1880.—Petition of Hereaka Tirita Turei and Others.

Petitioners state that they are children of Turei, a grantee in Mangaruhe (Hawke's Bay); that they were appointed successors to their father; they complain that their land had been got by a European through the misrepresentations of the Interpreter Worgan, who had stated at first that the signatures were to a lease, but afterwards asserted that they were to a sale; they say their father, though then alive, had not signed; they say that a Judge of the Native Land Court had told them to apply for redress to the Supreme Court, but as they do not like litigation or to spend their money, they do not wish to do so.

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I am directed to report as follows:—

That this case is one that only a Court of law could settle, though the question involved is very simple—namely, is Turei's name to a deed of sale? The trustees of the estate could easily act in the matter if so inclined.

28th August, 1880.