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Reports of the Native Affairs Committee, 1880.

No. 191 of 1880.—Petition of Rota Rangihoro and 4 Others

No. 191 of 1880.—Petition of Rota Rangihoro and 4 Others.

Petitioners belong to the Ngatimakino section of the Ngatipikiao Tribe, and reside at Maketu. They state that, in 1869, a Compensation Court sat at Matata; that at that Court the claims of the petitioners' section were allowed for the Whakarewa Block; that the land was afterwards leased to Government, and that persons not entitled thereto have been drawing the rent. Petitioners pray for redress.

I am directed to report as follows:—

That it is not true that the petitioners have not received rents, vouchers having been produced to show this; but as complaints have been made by the other Natives concerned, that the trustees are appropriating the rents to their own use, the Native Minister has determined to withhold further payments until the owners agree as to a proper division. The Committee has therefore no recommendation to make.

11th August, 1880.