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Reports of the Native Affairs Committee, 1888.

No. 166.—Petition of Te Hautakura and 38 Others

No. 166.—Petition of Te Hautakura and 38 Others.

Petitioners, who are Natives of the East Coast, pray that Te Kooti, the so-called prophet, may be prevented from convening meetings of the Maoris, as those meetings tend to impoverish themselves and their wives and children.

I am directed to report as follows: That the Committee fully sympathizes with the petitioners and believe they suffer a severe hardship through the monthly meetings of Te Kooti's followers at the various settlements, resulting as it does in estranging families, disturbing the tranquility of settlement, impoverishing the people by a wholesale consumption of their food, and exhausting all their resources. It is therefore recommended that the Government will do their utmost to prevent such meetings, by introducing such legislation as shall enable the Government to forbid what is a deliberate and crafty system of loafing on the resources of the thrifty and well-disposed Natives.

15th June, 1888