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Reports of the Native Affairs Committee, 1882.

No. 419 of 1882.—Petition of H. K. Taiaroa

No. 419 of 1882.—Petition of H. K. Taiaroa.

Petitioner states that the following islands off the Otago coast were not included in the deed of sale of 1844: (1.) Kapukepuke kite Waiparapara, (2.) Te Pao Titere Moana, (3.) Tawake Tu, (4.) Tu Kakaha, (5.) Pounui Ahine, (6.) Te Here Kakaho, (7.) Kapo, (8.) Tuhiraki. He prays that Crown grants may be issued for these islands in favour of himself and the other persons entitled to them.

I am directed to report as follows:—

These are small islets and reefs lying off Otago Peninsula, inside Otago Harbour, and inside Papanui Inlet. These last two are not marked on the map. In no case do they bear these names upon the survey map. No evidence has been adduced to show whether or not they are Crown lands. If they belong to the Natives the proper course to pursue is for the claimant to make an application to the Native Land Court to ascertain the title.

30th August, 1882.