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Reports of the Native Affairs Committee, 1880.

No. 24 of 1880.—Petition of Eru Patuone and Ani Taiuru

No. 24 of 1880.—Petition of Eru Patuone and Ani Taiuru.

The petitioners state that, on the 8th January, 1879, the Native Land Court sat at Rawene to investigate claims to the ownership of land called Omapere, that the claimants belonged to four hapus, that the claim of the petitioners was rejected, that twice they applied to the Chief Judge of the Native Land Court for a rehearing, but were refused. That, having been refused a rehearing, they had entered into possession and dug gum, and that there are now disputes as to the ownership. Petitioners pray that Parliament may order a rehearing of the case.

I am directed to report as follows:—

That the real cause of dispute appears to be connected with certain eel-weirs, and, as the land on which the eel-weirs are situated can be brought before the Native Land Court at a future sitting by the parties interested, the Committee cannot recommend any action to be taken in the matter.

18th June, 1880.