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Reports of the Native Affairs Committee, 1880.

No. 355 of Session II., 1879.—Petition of H. Tarawhiti

No. 355 of Session II., 1879.—Petition of H. Tarawhiti.

Petitioner states that he was promised a Crown grant of fifty acres of land, to be held in trust as a Native school reserve, but that the grant has not been issued. He prays for a speedy fulfilment of the promise.

I am directed to report as follows:—

That about the year 1842 a piece of land was given to the Church Missionary Society by Mrs. Tarawhiti's relatives for a school reserve; and in 1867 another larger piece, including the former, was given. Within the latter are two small pieces used as burial-grounds. Mr. Tarawhiti seems to wish to have the latter separated from the larger grant and attached to the school reserve. The subject is involved in difficulty; but, as the prayer of the petition seems reasonable, the Committee recommend that the Government should carefully consider the matter, with a view to assisting to get a settlement.

20th August, 1880.