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Reports of the Native Affairs Committee, 1885.

[No. 353.—Petition of Hemi Te Tupara Tokoaitua and Others.]

No. 353.—Petition of Hemi Te Tupara Tokoaitua and Others.

Petitioners, who are Natives of Rotorua, state that some time ago they gave some pieces of land to the late Robert Graham, and also leased a further portion to him on account of his kindness and sympathy for them. As he is now dead they wish this land put through the Court, so that they may complete the transfer and lease to his widow and children.

I am directed to report as follows: That the Government be requested to remove the restrictions over ten acres of land on which the late Mr. Robert Graham's house stands, known as Koutu, with a view to enable the petitioners to fulfil their agreement or promise made to the late Mr. Robert Graham; and over three hundred acres of the land adjoining the gift pieces, to enable the Natives to give a lease to the widow or children of the late Mr. Robert Graham.

8th September, 1885.

[Translation.]
No. 353.—Pukapuka-inoi a Hemi te Tupara Tokoaitua me etahi atu.

Ko nga kai-pitihana he Maori no Rotorua e ki ana i hoatu e ratou etahi piihi whenua ma Ropata Kereama, a i riihitia atu hoki tetahi atu wahi ki aia mo tana mahi atawhai kia ratou. Na i te mea kua mate nei ia e hiahia ana ratou kia whakawakia taua whenua kia ahei ai ratou te whakaoti me te tuku i te riihi ki te wahine me nga tamauki a Ropata Kereama.

Kua whakahaua kia ki penei: Me tono te Kawanatanga kia unuhia nga here i runga i nga eka kotahi tekau o te whenua e turia mai nei e te whare o Ropata Kereama e mohiotia nei ko te Koutu. Kia ahei ai nga kai-pitihana te whakatuturu i ta ratou kirimene whakaaetanga ranei kia Ropata Kereama, i runga hoki i nga eka whenua e 300 e piri ana ki te taha o te pihi i hoatu noa atu e ratou, kia ahei ai nga Maori te tuku i te riihi ki te wahine me nga tamariki a Ropata Kereama.

8 o Hepetema, 1885.