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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 71

II.—Teraipene Tutahi's Case

II.—Teraipene Tutahi's Case.

It was shewn to the Court that Taraipeue Tutahi was born at latest in 1860 or 1861, but she was more probably born in 1858 or 1859. She sold her share and signed the deed of sale on 3rd April, 1882, and was therefore of full age when she signed. She is now alleged to have been a minor when she signed. No trustee has ever been appointed for her. Her father, Tipene Tutahi, who came to prove her minority, admitted when under cross-examination that his page 12 first evidence proving her to be a minor was a fabrication. We have since searched the records of the Court and found that when on the 24th November, 1883, Wi Fere, Paterengo Noti and this same Tipene Tutahi as conductors applied for a large batch of appointments of trustees for minors in these blocks they did not apply for a trustee for Teraipene, although she is Tipene Tutahi's own daughter, and there is this further significant fact that Tipene Tutahi did on that occasion apply for a trustee in this block for his son Mohi Tamati, aged twelve years, although he made no application for his daughter Teraipene, and on the same day he applied in two other blocks for the same son and still omitted to apply for his daughter.

We certify that this woman was of full age when she signed, and that her sale ought to be validated.