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Reports of the Native Affairs Committee, 1880.

No. 287 of 1880.—Petition of Ngatimaiki and 3 other Tribes

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No. 287 of 1880.—Petition of Ngatimaiki and 3 other Tribes.

Petitioners state that they are owners of Patetere; that the land was proclaimed by Government on 25th April, 1878, thus preventing sales; that they have received no payment, nor have they agreed to sell or lease. That they consider a great wrong has been done them by the action of Government, and they pray that their land may be freed from the Proclamation.

I am directed to report as follows:—

That the same lot substantially was previously proclaimed in 1874, but then as under lease for twenty-one years, Government having previously purchased the interest of the Europeans concerned. It further appears that the petitioners themselves have from time to time received consideration-money direct from the Government. The Committee has therefore no recommendation to make.

11th August, 1880.