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Reports of the Native Affairs Committee, 1889.

[No. 286, 1889. —Petition of Erueru Pahau and 36 Others.]

No. 286, 1889. —Petition of Erueru Pahau and 36 Others.

Petitioners pray that a block of land called Manutahi, belonging to them, but which is claimed by the Government, may be returned to them, as it was given away by a few foolish persons without petitioners’ knowledge.

I am directed to report as follows: That the main facts in this case arc that, in the year 1862, a block of land of about 600 acres was ceded by some twenty-five Natives to the Government as a school-endowment. They allege that only three of those who signed had any right to the land; that they have been always in occupation; that the Government have never applied the land to the purposes for which it was given; that they have given other land close by for a school-site; and that they have no other land in that special locality for cultivation. Under the circumstances, the Committee would recommend the Government to investigate this matter, and make such settlement with the Natives as the requisites of the case demand.

20th August, 1889.

[Translation.]
No. 286, 1889. —Pukapuka-inoi a Erueru Pahau me etahi atu e 36.

E Inoi ana nga kai-pitihana kia whakahokia ki a ratou tetahi poraka whenua ko Manutahi te ingoa, no te mea i tukuna taua whenua e nga tangata kuare tokorima i te mea kahore nga kai-pitihana i mohio, na ko te Kawanatanga e mea ana na ratou taua whenua.

Kua whakahaua ahau kia ki penei: E penei ana nga tikanga o taua keehi, no te tau 1862 ka tukua e nga tangata Maori ruatekau-ma rima tetahi poraka whenua ki te Kawanatanga. I tae pea page 4ki te 600, eka hei turanga kura. E ki ana nga kai-pitihana tokotoru anake o ratou i haina i te pukapuku tuku, a i te noho tonu ratou i runga i taua whenua i runga i te huarahi i tukuna ai taua whenua a kua tukua tetahi atu whenua e tata ana ki tenei hei turanga kura, a kahore tetahi atu whenua i reira hei ngakinga ma ratou. I raro i enei tikanga kua tono te Komiti ki te Kawanatanga kia whiriwhiria e ratou taua take me te whakatau i runga ano i nga tikanga o taua keehi.

20 o Akuhata, 1889.