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Reports of the Native Affairs Committee, 1880.

No. 325 of 1880.—Petition of Tamati Kite Rangi

No. 325 of 1880.—Petition of Tamati Kite Rangi.

Petitioner states that he was the principal owner of Tauwharaparae, in the Tolago Bay District; that he was applied to by the Government Land Purchase Agent to sell his interest, and also to use his influence to obtain the signatures of other Natives to the deed of sale; that he was to receive £500 for his interest and service; and that he has received only £50. He prays for redress.

I am directed to report as follows:—

That the petitioner did not receive any promise of £500, or of a pension. He received £100 in 1875, and after the completion of the sale he got his individual share of £70. In the evidence taken in this case, it came out incidentally that there were circumstances of a suspicious nature in reference to the division of the purchase-money of Tauwharaparae, and the Committee recommends that Government should make a searching inquiry and see that justice should be done.

20th August, 1880.