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Reports of the Native Affairs Committee, 1887, No. 1

No. 80.—Petition of Rore Pukekohatu and 24 Others

No. 80.—Petition of Rore Pukekohatu and 24 Others.

Petitioners pray that a certain piece of land at Motueka, which was vested in the Bishop of Nelson for the purpose of a school-site, may be returned to them, as it has been lying vacant for many years, and is not used for the purpose for which it was intended.

I am directed to report as follows: That on the 30th October, 1884, the Committee reported as follows upon a similar petition: "The Committee is of opinion that the condition of the trust has not been fulfilled, and that steps should be taken by the Government, either by an action in the Supreme Court or by legislation, to restore the piece of land in question to the condition of an ordinary Native reserve under the management of the Public Trustee." As regards that part of the grant made out of Crown lands, the Committee consider it should revert to the Crown. On the 2nd June, 1886, the Committee again had the subject before it, but as Government had introduced a Bill dealing with it, the Committee simply referred to the report made in 1884. The Bill referred to did not become law, so nothing has been done towards settling the question at issue. The Committee would again press upon the Government the necessity for taking action towards the redress of what seems to be a serious grievance. If no legislation be possible this session, then it is suggested that the Commissioner now acting in the Middle Island should be asked to report upon the case.

25th May, 1887.