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Reports of the Native Affairs Committee, 1888.

No. 4.—Petition of N. Hearn and J. Kennedy

No. 4.—Petition of N. Hearn and J. Kennedy.

Petitioners pray that certain sections of land in the Okutuku Block, which they have leased, may be placed on the same footing as those holding "confirmed" leases, subject to "The West Coast Settlements Reserves Act, 1887."

I am directed to report as follows: That it appears the petitioners are the successors in title of a Mr. Williamson, who held the land under a lease from Natives, which, if it had remained on foot, would now entitle the petitioners to the benefit of "The West Coast Settlement Reserves Act, 1887," as on the footing of a "confirmed" lease. The change in the position of the title occurred through the Crown acquiring the freehold of the land from the Natives before issue of a Crown grant, thus necessitating a lease from the Crown, which does not give the petitioners the benefit of their neighbours under the Act which was passed last session. The Committee recommend that fresh legislative provision be made as will put the petitioners on the footing as if their lease was a "confirmed" one, subject to "The West Coast Settlement Reserves Act, 1887."

12th June, 1888