Volume 1, No. 42
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TE WAKA MAORI O NIU TIRANI.

Anaru Taukena te roia whakahaere o te taha ki

Ngatiapa. I reira ano hoki a te Puutu, te Komi-

hana. Hoko Whenua a te Kawanatanga I tu te

Kooti. i roto i te Whare Kura a Renata. Pai ana te

whakapaipaitanga a roto o taua whare mo te whaka-

wakanga. Ko tetahi wahi i araitia; ki te rakau hei

nohoanga mo te Kooti, me nga. apiha me nga roia

He kahu Maori, he kara Pakeha hoki, i whakairia ki

nga tara.

I whakatuwheratia te Kooti i te Wenerei, te

17. o Hepetema, muri, tonu, iho ka nekehia ki te

Manei, he mea tono hoki na Ngatiapa kia whai taki-.

wa ai ratou hei tikinga roia mo te taha ki a ratou;

He maha nga kawenga mai o tenei whenua ki te

aroaro o. te Kooti Whenua i roto i nga tau e wha

kua taha ake nei. He inaha nga panuitanga, i roto i

te, Kahiti kia whakawakia taua whenua ki Tutaenui,

ki te Arataumaihi hoki, kei Rangitikei; engari na

Renata, Kawepo i kore ai e whakawakia, he mahi

tuku nana i ona karere ki reira ki te whakahe i te

whakawakanga, a whakarerea ana e te Kooti ko ia

hoki tetahi o nga tino tangata whai take ki runga ki

taua whenua. I Tutaenui te kawenga o muri rawa

nei o taua whenua ki te aroaro o te Kooti, i a Pe-

puere i te timatanga o tenei tau, I tae ano a Nga-

tiapa; ki reira whakahe ai, tonoa ana e ratou kia

whakawakia i te Arataumaihi, Nawai, a ka whakari-

tea, i runga i te whakaae a te katoa, kia tu te Kooti

ki Omahu, mea ana hoki a Renata kei a ia he oranga

mo nga tangata katoa ina haere ki reira ki te whaka-

wakanga. Heoi, he nui nga tangata o Ngatiapa i

tae ki Omahu, a atawhaitia ana e Renata ratou: ko

tona iwi i roto i nga wiki maha I haere mai ratou i

Rangitikei, i Turakina; no Ngaiteupokoiri etahi

Ka toru nga ra e korero, ana aua iwi i waho; he nui

te, hiahia o Renata kia mau tonu te pai me te aroha i

roto i a ratou, no reira ia ka whakapuaki nui i enei

kupu na. I kii ia kei a ia e mohio ana ki nga hapu

e tika ana ki runga ki taua whenua; tena hoki e

taea e ia te whakamarama i o ratou take i roto i te

Kooti; e pai ana ia kia whawhaitia taua mea i roto

i te Kooti. Engari he whenua nui taua whenua, he

moni nui te moni e homai ana e te Kawanatanga

(£60, 000); tera e rato katoa nga tangata. No kona

ia i mea ai kia. whakamutua te tautohetohe a nga

iwi; kaua e whakawakia te whenua, engari me tono

kau ki te Kooti kia tukua mai he tiwhikete take ki a

raua ko Aperahama Tipae anake—ko ia ko Renata

hei kai-whakahaere mo te taha ki tona iwi, ko Ape-

rahama Tipae hei kai-whakahaere mo te taha ki ona

hapu ano. Ko tenei tikanga i whakapaitia e etahi

tokomaha, a whakaaetia ana hoki e Ngatiapa. Otira

i te ahiahi o taua rangi ano kua puta he whakaaro

ke Ao ake ka ki mai a Ngatiapa kia tokoono mai

hoki nga rangatira o ratou e whakaurua ki te tiwhi-

kete, ka kore tena e whakaaetia e kore ratou e pai

kite korero a Renata Pouri ana a Renata ki to

ratou whakapono, kore ki to. ratou rangatira ake ano,

no kona ia i kore ai e whakaputa kupu tuturu mo te

wahanga o nga moni, a mahue ana i a ia tana kupu i

whakaaria ki a Ngatiapa; he whakaaro manaaki

tangata hoki nana taua kupu, ehara i te mea he tika

no Ngatiapa ki te whenua, kaore hoki o ratou take.

Katahi ka kiia ma te Kooti e mahi, a tahuri ana te-

tahi taha me tetahi taha ki te whakahaere i o ratou

take me o ratou tupuna.

I te Manei, te 22 o Hepetema, ka tuwhera te

Kooti i te 10 o nga haora o te ata, a kaore i roa kua

tomo rawa i te tangata.. Karangatia ana te ingoa o

te whenua mo te whakawa; katahi a Utiku Potaka

ka ki atu ki te Kooti ma Takuta Pura e whakahaere

i te taha ki a ratou, ko ona hoa.

Katahi ka tu mai a te Taukena, ka ki mai ko ia te

roia kua tu mo te taha ki Ngatiapa, a tahuri ana ki

also as Land Purchase Commissioner. The Court

was held in Renata's Schoolhouse, which was very

nicely prepared: for the purpose, a portion having

been railed off for the convenience of the Bench,

officers of Court and counsel and the walls hung

round with fine Maori mats-and English flags

The Court was formally opened on Wednesday,

September 17, and then adjourned till the following

Monday, on the application of the Ngatiapa, to en-

able them to procure the assistance of counsel.

We may explain that this claim has been before

the Land Court from time: to time for some four

years past. It has been, gazetted for hearing several

times' at Bulls: and at Marton (Rangitikei District),

but on every occasion Renata Kawepo, who Is one of

the principal claimants, has sent representatives

across to • protest. against the hearing and the case

has then been adjourned sine die. The last time the

case was brought before the Court was in February

last at Marton when the Ngatiapa attended and

opposed the: hearing; demanding that the case should

be taken at Bulls; At length it was arranged by

common consent: of the tribes concerned to have the

Court: at Omahu, where Renata offered to entertain

all comers; A large number of the Ngatiapa, from

Rangitikei and Turakina, and of the Ngaiteupokoiri

were congregated there for several weeks,

enjoying Renata's hospitality. This old chief

was so anxious to preserve the goodwill. that

exists among these tribes at present, that after three

days korero in the open air he publicly made the

•following proposal to them. He said that he had his

own opinion as to what hapus were entitled to the

land: and. would Be able to prove their title in the

Court, and that he was not afraid to fight the ques-

tion there. But as the block of land-was a large one

and the purchase money agreed to be paid by the

Government (£60, 000) ample for all, he proposed

that they should sink all tribal differences, dispense

with a Court enquiry, and merely apply for a certi-

ficate of title the joint names of himself as repre-

senting one section of the claimants, and Aperahama

Tipae as representing the other section. This offer

was accepted by the Ngatiapa. The same evening, how-

ever, other counsels prevailed, and on the following

morning the Ngatiapa intimated that unless six more

of their chiefs were admitted into the certificate of

title they would decline the offer. Renata, annoyed

at their want, of confidence in their own chief, de-

clined to bind himself to any particular mode of

dividing the money, and ultimately withdrew the

offer altogether on the ground that it was an act of

grace on his part, the right or title of the Ngatiapa

being absolutely denied. It now became necessary

for the Court to decide the. issue, and both parties

began at once to prepare their proofs of title, and to

trace out their genealogies.

On Monday, the 22nd September, the Court

opened at 10 o'clock, and in a few minutes every

part of it was crowded. On the claim being called,

Utiku Potaka informed the: Court that Dr. Buller

would conduct the case for himself and co-claimants.

Mr. Duncan, who said he appeared for the Nga-

tiapa, then proceeded to raise several objections. He