No. 143, 1898, and 227, 1899.—Petition of James McLellan.
Petitioner alleges that, whilst unsuccessfully endeavouring to purchase from the Natives the Awaroa Nos. 1 and 2 and Rotokakahi Blocks, he paid for the surveys thereof, and, as such surveys were made use of by the Government when purchasing the blocks for the Crown, he prays for compensation.
I am directed to report that, as the petitioner failed to protect himself by securing a lien over the blocks, the Committee is of opinion that he has no claim against the colony; but, as the Natives with whom his dealings took place still own over 4,000 acres of the land in question, it is suggested that they are the proper parties to whom the petitioner should apply for recompense.
No. 143, 1898, me No. 227, 1899.—Pitihana a James McLellan.
E ki ana te kai-pitihana i whakamatau ia ki te hoko i nga Maori i nga poraka o Awaroa No. 1 me No. 2 me Rotokakahi, engari kaore i taea e ia te hoko, otira i runga i taua mahi ana utua ana e ia nga ruri mo aua poraka, a i te mea i naomia atu aua ruri e te Kawanatanga hei whakahaerenga i te hoko o aua poraka ma te Karauna, na reira ka inoi te kai-pitihana kia utua ia mo aua ruri.
Kua whakahaua ahau kia ki penei, i te mea kihai te kai-pitihana i tono kia whakataua he riana mana ki runga ki aua poraka hei punga mo ana moni i pau i aua ruri, na reira ki te whakaaro o te Komiti kaore kau he take e tono ai te kai-pitihana kia whakaeangia tona mate e te koroni, engari i te mea e 4,000 nga eka o taua whenua kei te toe ki nga Maori i mea nei ki te hoko i taua whenua ki a ia, e whakaaro ana te Komiti ko aua Maori ke te hunga tika hei ahunga atu mo te tono a te kai-pitihana kia utua ia.