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Reports of the Native Affairs Committee, 1882.

No. 389 of 1882.—Petition of Renata Ropiha and 87 Others

No. 389 of 1882.—Petition of Renata Ropiha and 87 Others.

Petitioners state that when the Rangitikei-Manawatu Block was purchased, three hapus of the Ngatiraukawa tribe—namely, Ngatirakawa, Ngatitoa, and Ngatituranga, did not sign the deed of cession and took no part of the purchase-money; that by Native custom petitioners are owners of the Himutangi Block; that on grounds of policy the rents of certain Europeans to be paid on land occupied by them, the last named block had been impounded by Government; that out of these rents there was due to the petitioners at the time of an alleged settlement, the sum of £500, which had not since been paid to them; that with interest this sum now amounts to £1,250; that Government alleges that the whole of the impounded rents have been paid except £66 2s. 1d.

I am directed to report as follows:—

That at the request of Mr. Buller, counsel for the petitioners, as expressed by the honorable member who presented the petition, its consideration has been postponed; that it is now too late in the session for the Committee to consider the complicated questions involved; and that the Committee therefore recommends the Government to look carefully into the matter, and do what may be equitable towards the settlement of a long-standing dispute.

5th September, 1882.