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Reports of the Native Affairs Committee, 1882.

No. 191 of 1882.—Petition of Horomona Paatu and 8 Others (referred back)

No. 191 of 1882.—Petition of Horomona Paatu and 8 Others (referred back).

Petitioners pray that Crown grants may be issued to them for the following Native reserves: New River, Aparima. Centre Island, Colacs Bay, Paihi, Wakapatu, Waimatuku, Te Anau, and Popoti. They also complain that three acres of land at Otautau, promised in 1874, have not been given to them.

I am directed to report as follows:—

That the evidence of Mr. Alexander Mackay is to the following effect: That the petitioners have no legal claim to Centre Island, Paihi, Waimatuku, Te Anau, and Popoti; that they are entitled to Crown grants for New River, Aparima, Colacs Bay, and Wakaputa; that he had recommended small fishery easements to be given to them at Otautau and the mouth of the Waiau. The Committee recommends these representations to the favourable consideration of the Government.

18th July, 1882.