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

No. 97, 1891, Sess. II.—Petition of Rutu Peehi

No. 97, 1891, Sess. II.—Petition of Rutu Peehi.

Petitioner prays that the Land Transfer Act may be amended, in order that losses she has sustained through the working of the same may be made good, and that she may receive further relief.

I am directed to report as follows: The petitioner states that a certificate of title was issued to her by the Native Land Court in 1881; that in 1882 she transferred a portion of her interest to Henare Herekau by memorandum of transfer, dated 14th September, 1882; that in July, 1883, Henare Herekau applied to the Native Land Court for an order of freehold tenure; that such an order was issued, but included the whole of the section instead of a portion, as stated in the petition. The Committee, after reading Mr. Bridson’s letter of the 23rd ultimo, are of opinion that, as the mistake emanated through Judge Puckey making the order and Mr. Bridson engrossing the enrolment without discovering the error, the Government should take the necessary steps to have justice done to the petitioner.

21st August, 1891.