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Reports of the Native Affairs Committee, 1905.

[Final Report.]

Final Report.

I am directed to report that the Native Affairs Committee held its final meeting this morning.

During the session the main Committee held fifty-one meetings, and the sub-committee, appointed to consider and report on petitions from former years, two meetings.

Including nineteen petitions undealt-with last session, the Committee had before it 137 petitions; of these, 106 were considered and reported on, the remaining thirty-one, as per schedule attached, are held over for consideration next session.

The following Bills were referred to and duly reported on by the Committee: viz., the Maori Land Councils Bill, the Maori Land Settlement Bill, the Native Townships Local Government Bill, the Taumutu Native Commonage Bill, and the Maori Land Claims Adjustment and Laws Amendment Bill.

Before concluding its business the Committee placed on record its regret at the absence from the last few meetings of the Chairman, Mr. Houston, through illness, and the following resolution was unanimously agreed to: "That the Committee wishes to express its highest appreciation of the manner in which Mr. Houston has conducted the business during the session, and regrets that the very hard work entailed has had so ill an effect on his health. The members of the Committee hope that Mr. Houston may soon recover from his indisposition, and be long spared to take part in the deliberations over which he has so long presided."

28th October, 1905.

[Translation.]
Ripoata Whakamutunga.

Kua whakahaua ahau kia ripoata atu no te ata nei ka tu te huihuinga whakamutunga o te Komiti mo nga Mea Maori.

I tenei tuunga o te Paremete, e rima tekau ma tahi nga huihuinga o te Komiti-Nui a e rua nga huihuinga o te Komiti-Raro i whakaturia nei hei whiriwhiri hei ripoata i nga pitihana o era tau.

Tekau ma iwi nga pitihana kaore i whakahaerea i tera tuunga o te Paramete, a ina huia era ki nga pitihana hou o tenei tau, kotahi rau e toru tekau ma whitu nga pitihana i takoto ki te aroaro o te Komfti, kotahi rau e ono o enei i oti te whiriwhiri me te ripoata, a ko nga toenga e toru tekau ma tahi, e mau nei i te Kupu Apiti, kua nukuhia mo te tuunga o te Paremete e haere mai nei whiriwhiria ai.

Ko enei e whai ake nei nga Pire i tukua mai ki te Komiti, a kua ripoatatia e te Komiti, ara: Te Pire Kaunihera Whenua Maori, Te Pire Whakanohonoho Whenua Maori, Te Pire Whakawhiwhi Mana Whakahaere ki nga Taone Maori, Te Pire mo te Kainga Maori i Taumutu me te Pire Whakatau Kereme Whenua Maori Whakatikatika Ture.

I mua o te whakaotinga a te Komiti i ana mahi, meinga ana e te Komiti kia tuhituhia tona pouri mo te ngaronga, o te Tiamana, o Te Auhana (Mr. Houston), i nga huihuinga torutoru whakamutunga, i runga i tona paanga e te mate, a whakaaetia ana e katoa te motini e whai ake nei:—

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"E mea ana te Komiti ki te whakaputa i tona tino whakamoemiti ki te pai o te whakahaere a Te Auhana (Mr. Houston) i nga mahi a te Komiti i tenei tuunga o te Paremete, a e pouri ana te Komiti mo te paanga ona e te mate i runga i te nui o nga mahi i hoatu hei mahi mana.

"E tumanako ana nga mama o te Komiti kia tare to ora o Te Auhana (Mr. Houston.) i tona mate, a kia roa ia e ora ana uru ana hei hoa mahi tahi i nga whiriwhiringa a te Komiti kua roa nei e tu ana ko ia tona tiamana."