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Reports of the Native Affairs Committee, 1891, No. 2.

No. 486, 1889.—Petition of Kipa Te Whatanui

No. 486, 1889.—Petition of Kipa Te Whatanui.

Petitioner prays for a fresh investigation in the matter of Tekaroro, No. 2 F., in order that his claim to the portion called Te Waka may be recognised.

I am directed to report as follows: That the petitioner through the action of the Native Land Court has an undoubted grievance. The facts elicited are as follows—viz.: that on the 1st day of April, 1874, the Ngakaroro Block No. 2 was adjudicated on by the Native Land Court. The petitioner was admitted to be the owner of the portion of the block called Te Waka. He was led to believe that all he had to do was to get a survey made of the said portion, and bring the matter again before the Native Land Court when a title would be conferred on him. On the 22nd April, 1874, the list of owners for the block was handed in for the purpose of being placed on the records of the Court; the name of Kipa te Whatanui was, however, omitted therefrom. Subsequently, the matter was—more than once—brought before the Court by the petitioner, but, his name not being on the list of owners, his particular case could not be dealt with. All the official correspondence and memoranda on the subject admits the petitioner s case, and, in some instances, redress is promised. Taking these facts into consideration, the Committee is of opinion that the matter should be referred to the Government for inquiry and favourable consideration.

17th September, 1891.