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Reports of the Native Affairs Committee, 1893.

No. 582.—Petition of Richard Essex

No. 582.—Petition of Richard Essex.

Petitioner alleges that, through a misinterpretation of the law, the lease which he holds of the Oturoa Block No. 1 is rendered insecure, and that he is in danger of heavy losses in connection therewith. He prays that inquiry be made with a view of having his lease validated.

I have the honour to report that this is a case similar to that of the Mangoahane Block, which was dealt with last session. The report in that case was to the effect that the interests of the European therein claimed were to be protected until some legislative action was taken in regard to the same.

Owing to the late period of the session it is impossible to pronounce in any particular way upon the equities involved, but the primâ facie evidence adduced discloses such a strong case in behalf of the petitioner, the Committee is of opinion that the rehearing allowed by law should he delayed, if possible, until next Parliament has an opportunity of dealing thoroughly with the whole matter.

3rd October, 1893.