No. 644.—Petition of Wiremu Neera te Kanae and 50 Others.
Petitioners pray for compensation in regard to certain land in the Arataura Block, Porirua, which they allege has been wrongfully taken from them.
I am directed to report that the petitioners complain that part of the land lying south of the Native reserve at Porirua has been taken by the Crown as Crown lands, and that it by right belongs to the Porirua Native reserve. The whole question turns on the situation of a place called Arataura. On the plan signed by Sir George Grey, who was then Governor, the Natives have no claim to the land, but the description in the deed of cession says the southern boundary was Arataura, and it may be that the plan is wrong. The transaction took place in 1847, and it is impossible for the Committee, without a long inquiry, to determine the question. The Committee recommends that some competent person should be appointed to visit the ground and meet the old Natives and ascertain if a mistake has been made. If a mistake has been made some money compensation should be paid to the Natives.