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Reports of the Native Affairs Committee, 1882.

No 127 of 1882 —Petition of Murupara and 45 others

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No 127 of 1882 —Petition of Murupara and 45 others.

Petitioners state that they were forced to sell Tauwhare by threats of the Government agent.

I am directed to report as follows:—

That the assertion that threats were used is devoid foundation. In 1870 a list of claimants was made, but in consequence of murders in relation to the land, settlement of the claims was rendered impossible. In May, 1882, notice was given by Mr. Bush, Resident Magistrate, to claimants to apply for scrip. Out of 107 recognised as entitled, only ten applied up to the 6th June last. It seems that it is still open to those entitled to land to apply for it.

14th July, 1882.