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LITTLE RIVER EVIDENCE. The Commission which has been set up to enquire into tbe provisions made for lanaies3 Natives m the South Island and in the Waikato Maniapoto Native Land Court district held a sitting at Kaiapci on Wednea day, when evidence of Natives inter ested in or informed upon the matter was taken, Briefly, the necessity for the setting up of a Commission arose from the feet that complaints had been made by the Natives that the lands set apart for them are of practically no use. Maorie living'around Kaiapoi, Rapaki and Taumutu have an interest in sections set apart for them which are situated in tbe extreme south of the South Island, in and around the Orepuki district and further westward, The country is rough, inaccessible, , and naturally undeveloped, and the Natives want their land nearer their places of residence. The Commission consisted of Judge M. Gilfedder, L.L.M., ami Mr H. D, M» Haszard, and Mr H. P. Farata acttd as clerk to the Commission and

'ntprprpfcpr Tbe following evidence from Penin sula NativcH i* of interest : —

NH. T. Perp, a' Native from the Little River side, said there were about six families from there living on the 1000 acres mentioned by the first, witness. About 22 of the Lirtle River Natives were interested in the Southland land altogether. The Nn,

,ives wbo bad gone down were workDg at tbe sawmills iv Southland. 'They mu3t do something to main ;ain 4bfemselvß9," said the witness,

" and they can't get to their sections. There are no roads at all there, so they just have to take any job tbpy can." Tbe Little River Natives who

had gone down were not progressing at all, and the main reason was the inaccessibility of their, sections. He thought tbe Maoris should be given the job of roading tbe district, and should be paid for it either by the local Road Boards or the Government.

The Commissioner suggested tbat tbe Government take the timber aud make tbe roads from the proceeds of the sale of the timber.

In answer to Mr Hazard, witness paid tbat if the land was let, tbe

Maoris should be given the first cbanee, and then, if they did not take up the land, the pakehas could be given a cbance. Hβ personally would

like to exchange bis interest in the Southland land for an equivalent value in land at Little River. He would be agreeable to the Public Trustee administering the block for{ the Natives, but would not agree to j the land being absolutely taken over by the Government. |

Wiremu Pohio Paipeta-frora Ha paki—suggested that if fcbe Govern ment was going to supp.y landless Datives with land, that land should be in n loc<!iry where it was possible io work it. None of hig family bad been down to VVaiau, for the iand wns no good to tb&m. Ho believed in natives/ working their land, and did not believe | in their leasing iboir land to others,! but the laud should be woiih working A white man was in a better position, as he cnuld get advances i}Dd dispose of his land, whan-as v native could do neither. The witness said the South land land might be of value to tbe Southland nativep, but it was no good to tbe natives living in Canterbury. What he wanted was sufficient land to

live on, acd it must be in Canterbury, near bis present boma.

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LANDLESS NATIVES., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIII, Issue 4415, 24 July 1914

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LANDLESS NATIVES. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIII, Issue 4415, 24 July 1914

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