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Important Judgments: Delivered in the Compensation Court and Native Land Court. 1866–1879.

(2.) Nelson and Middle Island Claims

(2.) Nelson and Middle Island Claims.

These claims amount in number to 216, and the persons claiming belong to Ngamahanga tribe. Like the Chatham Islanders, those who survived the Waikato invasion fled South. After sojourning some time at Kapiti and elsewhere, they invaded the Middle Island. There they succeeded in establishing themselves, and took possession of territories, part of which they have alienated to the Crown, and part of which they still retain and occupy. Up to the present time, none of them have ever returned to occupy any portion of this block, with the exception of one person—Wi Ruka—and accordingly we disallow all the claims except his; and, as it has been proved in evidence that this claimant did return and re-unite himself with that portion of the tribe which has re-occupied the land since 1840, we admit his claim.