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Reports of the Native Affairs Committee, 1898.

No. 45.—Petition of William Humphries

No. 45.—Petition of William Humphries.

Petitioner prays that he be compensated for losses incurred in connection with certain transactions in Native lands (Raimoiti, Ratahangai, and Purakau Blocks, Taranaki District), such loss having occurred through defects in the law; also that further legislation be passed to validate certain titles to Native lands acquired by himself and others.

I am directed to report that this petitioner's claim was considered in 1896, and in consequence of recommendations then made legislation was passed to give redress, but owing to the Supreme Court having decided that such legislation was insufficient the petitioner did not gain relief. The Committee recommends that further legislation be introduced this session to give the petitioner the relief prayed for.

2nd August, 1898.