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Reports of the Native Affairs Committee, 1882.

No. 126 of 1882.—Petition of Hemi Mohi and 8 Otters

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No. 126 of 1882.—Petition of Hemi Mohi and 8 Otters.

Petitioners state that they were forced to sell their land at Tauwhare by threats from a Government officer, and they also complain that they had lost their seed-wheat, potatoes, whares, ploughs, horses, &c., when they were dispossessed. They pray for redress.

I am directed to report as follows:—

That there has been irritation on this subject for a long time, the Natives alleging intimidation and Mr. Marshall denying it. The Committee considers that Government ought to ascertain the facts from independent authority as to Mr. Marshall's conduct, and try to settle or explain the matter. It would be worth while to send some independent and competent person to the spot and ascertain the exaet grievance, if there be one, and have the business settled.

5th September, 1882.