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Reports of the Native Affairs Committee, 1880.

No. 323 of 1880.—Petition of H. K. Taiaroa

No. 323 of 1880.—Petition of H. K. Taiaroa.

Petitioner states that in 1878 a sum of £4,000, the balance of a sum of £5,000, to be paid for claims in Princes Street, Dunedin, was lodged in the bank to the credit of himself and others on trust for certain Natives of the South Island, and that when the money was paid to him in 1880 he got the principal only, the interest having been taken by Government. He prays that the interest may be paid to him.

I am directed to report as follows:—

That, according to his own evidence, the delay in the payment of the £4,000 arose entirely from the refusal of Mr. Taiaroa (the petitioner) to get from the parties interested a receipt in full settlement of claims, as agreed upon, and that, as acknowledged by him, this delay was with a view of forcing Government to pay another £1,000. The Committee therefore cannot recommend the prayer of the petition to be granted.

26th August, 1880.