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Reports of the Native Affairs Committee, 1882.

No. 96 of 1882.—Petition of Te Hura and 4 Others

No. 96 of 1882.—Petition of Te Hura and 4 Others.

Petitioners refer to a petition presented last year, in reference to land which they had bought north of Wananaki, Bay of Islands, from Hoterene Tawatawa, and which was afterwards sold to Government by Tipene Hari and others. They acknowledge that they had no hereditary right to the land, but simply bought it from the Ngatiwai tribe. They further state that they have no other home. They ask that the land should be given to them.

I am directed to report as follows:—

That last session the following report was adopted:" The Government is now inquiring into the rights of the petitioners, and the Committee has only to recommend an early settlement of their claims, if any." Government made inquiry, from which it appears that Mr. Searancke bought the land in 1864, and surveyed it in Tipene Hari's presence. Hari's claim was then undoubted. Te Hura's claim was not recognized by the chiefs when mentioned shortly afterwards. The Committee has no recommendation to make.

21st June, 1882.