Other formats

    Adobe Portable Document Format file (facsimile images)   TEI XML file   ePub eBook file  


    mail icontwitter iconBlogspot iconrss icon

Reports of the Native Affairs Committee, 1880.

No. 32 of Session I., 1879.—Petition of Paramene Te One One

No. 32 of Session I., 1879.—Petition of Paramene Te One One.

The petitioner, who is a Native of Hawke's Bay, states that, about the year 1869, he signed a deed of mortgage, by means of which he has been stripped of his land; and that the result is due to no fault of his own, as the meaning of the deed was not made clear to him. Petitioner further states that it is alleged that he signed a conveyance for land called Raukawa West, but that he has no knowledge of having signed any deed other than the mortgage above referred to. He affirms that he and others have been defrauded of their lauds through having been supplied with drink, by a person who swore falsely to the contrary before a Committee of the Legislative Council. The petitioner alleges that he has attempted to punish that person through the law-courts, but that, for various reasons, one of which is the inability of the petitioner to cause the production in evidence of the official records of the Legislative Council, he has not succeeded in doing so. He therefore prays the House to cause or assist in causing John Gibson Kinross to be prosecuted, and that the petitioner may receive consideration for the expenses which be has incurred in attempting such prosecution as above stated; and further, that the wrongs suffered by himself and co-grantees may be inquired into and redress afforded.

I am directed to report as follows:—

That the alleged grievance seems to have arisen from the rules of the Legislative Council. From the Journals of the Council it appears that the following resolution was passed on 13th December, 1879, specially in reference to this case:—"That leave be given to members and officers of this Council during the recess, to appear and give evidence before any Court on any case arising out of the proceedings before the Select Committee of this Council on Council Paper No. 97, of 1871, and that the said officers be authorized, if called upon, to produce papers and records of that Select Committee."

It would thus appear that the Honourable the Legislative Council is quite willing to give every reasonable facility to the petitioner, if he desire to prosecute his case in a Court of law.

23rd July, 1880.