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Reports of the Native Affairs Committee, 1897.

[Final Report]

I have the honour to report that the Committee held its final meeting of the present session this morning.

Eighty petitions were referred for report, some twenty-eight of which were only received during the last week. Time only allowed of twenty-eight being considered and reported on. The fifty-two petitions enumerated in the accompanying list remain undealt with, and will be brought up next session.

The following Bills were referred for consideration, viz.: the Native Land Bill (Mr. Wi Pere), the Maori Council Constitution Bill (Mr. Kaihau), the Horowhenua Block Act Amendment Bill, and the Kapiti Island Public Reserve Bill.

The last two Bills were duly considered and reported on. In each case evidence was taken, and a transcript of the same will be found in Appendix I.–3B and I.–3C.

16th December, 1897.