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Reports of the Native Affairs Committee, 1900.

[No. 130 (1898), 131 (1898), 300 (1898), and 475 (1899).—Petitions of Pera Kati and 151 Others; Te Area and 129 Others; Ngatete Karaea and Another; Hemi Kuti and Another.]

No. 130 (1898), 131 (1898), 300 (1898), and 475 (1899).—Petitions of Pera Kati and 151 Others; Te Area and 129 Others; Ngatete Karaea and Another; Hemi Kuti and Another.

Petitioners pray for the return of certain lands which were given to the Church of England on the strength of promises made by the representatives of that body to establish schools, &c., for the benefit of the Maoris, which promises have never been fulfilled.

I am directed to report that, in the opinion of this Committee, the petitioners have a just grievance, for it appears certain that the conditions under which the land was given have never been carried into effect. The Committee recommend that the Government should introduce legislation for the purpose of setting aside the Crown grants issued in favour of the Lord Bishop of New Zealand, and of declaring the land "papatupu," or Native land, and restoring the same to the Native donors, or their successors, along with all the rents accrued thereon.

8th August, 1900.
page 10

[Translation.]
No. 130 1898.—Pitihana a Pera Kati me etahi atu kotahi rau e rima tekau ma tahi; No. 131, 1898, a Te Area me etahi atu kotahi rau e rua tekau ma iwa: No. 300, 1898, a Ngatata Karaka me tetahi atu; me No. 475, 1898, a Hemi Kuti me tetahi atu.

E inoi ana nga kai-pitihana kia whakahokia atu ki a ratou etahi whenua i hoatu ki te Hahi o Ingarangi i mua i runga i nga kupu i takoto i nga kai-whakahaere o taua hahi i taua wa, ara, tera e whakaarahia e ratou etahi kura, &c., hei painga mo nga Maori, na, ko aua kupu, mai ano i taua wa taea noatia tenei ra, kaore ano i whakatutukitia.

Kua whakahaua ahau kia ki penei, ki te whakaaro o te Komiti e tika ana kua pa he mate ki nga kai-pitihana, notemea kua tino kitea kaore ano i whakatutukitia nga tikanga i hoatu ai aua whenua. Ki te whakaaro o te Komiti me whakauru e te Kawanatanga he Pire ki te Paremete hei whakakore i nga Karauna karaati i whakaputaina ki te Roore Pihopa o Niu Tireni, kia hoki ai aua whenua ki te ahua papatupu o mua, a kia hoki ai aua whenua ki nga Maori nana i hoatu, ki o ratou kai-riiwhi ranei, hui atu ki nga moni reti katoa kua puta i aua whenua.

8 o Akuhata. 1900.