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KEMP'S DEED.

SOaiHSRN MAORIS , WBONGS

Kptnp'B Deed, which was s'gnedl in 1848, made » sale of nil the lard owned by the South Is'and Natives to the New Zealand Governmert for £2000. This doed, which was fixed up by Kemp in three dayfc, was much questioned by the Government at the tim«. It appears K°mp did not consult the natives of thu day, and that though the deed stipulated that certain ressrve* should be set aside for the Maori* and their de , =Cf?ndßnts the<e were not set aside in a legal manner The result has be6n a good deal of dissatisfaction among the southern MaoriF, the Ngai Tahu tribe, as the following extract from the "Lyttelton Times" shows: — " Mr C Parata, member for the Southern Maori electorate, made a forcible speech in the closing days of the session regarding the grievances of the South Island Maoris in connection with their lands. He Bccii3ed the Government of having flagrantly neglected the interests of the Natives

in a matter that involved the honour both of the Legislature and of the Dominion. There was once a tribe of Natives who

owned and occupied most of the South Is land," Fad Mr Parata. "SinGe the Pakehn came to the country the tribe has always done its duty to the Crown. It d d i duty to the wbite man when he arrived on the?e ehor.es as a stranger to the land. It g*ve the mana—the sovereignty—of the cnuntry to the (jood Qaean Victor/a, and to encourage settlement on their l«rge trants of cun , try they told miic'i nf it *o the Government of ths day. They held s. lexnly and honour ably to the contract they had entered into. But, Sir, this cannot be said for the Govern" ment—l refer particularly to (he Government that purchased the whole of Canterbury and Otago from my tribe, the Ngaitahu tribe. That tribe sold 7.000,000 acres to the Govern ment of that day, Tb.9 block was so large that the Natives had to go by sea to point out the boundaries. And what dil the Tory Government do who bought that large of land? Not satiffied with gettins 7.000 000 acres of land for £2000, they seized 13,000,000 acres in addition This mnttai; Sir,"is on record, and cannot be disputed by firy Go prnnnnt, or by fh's House. Th-' Nntivo?, feeling agerifved at their treatment, ?pnt a p tition to Parliament. A ncom , ! mendation favourable to them was brought forward, and a Commission was then ap pointed to inquire whether their grievances were real or ima3inary. The Commission took voluminous evidence from the Europeans and Natives concerned, and, after eighteen mnntha' inquiry, reported that they were satisfied that the claim of the Maoris had been established, The Commission recommended the Government to restore onetenth of the land, its value, revenue, or equivalent to my people. '• In 1910, when the Liberal Government was in power, the Natives again petit : o\ed Parliament. Again a favourable sepon wns brought done to the Hou=e. but os the Liberal Government went out of office shortly afterwards it was left to the present Administration to deal with the matter. The Natives brought the whole position before the Prime Minister as the head of the Government, and aßked him to introduce legislation to give effect to the favourable report of the Parliamentary Committee. Thit was in October, 1912. The Prime Minister promised to look into and consider the matter. Twelve months later, the Natives not having received a reply to their requests, the mnlt3r was again brought under the notice of the honoured gentleman, to whom I addressed a question dealing with | this Rubject of such large concern to the Natives of the Middle Island. I will read the quest on for tb.9 information of t' c House — •' Mr Parata (Southern Maori Distrie') asked the Prime Minister, whether he had considered the representations made to him last session by the deputation of tbe Ngaitahu Natives of the Sooth Island in respect to their claim under Kemp , ? Purchase ; and, if so, whether'he is now pre pared to make a statement. (Note,—This claim was favourably recommended by the Native Affairs Committee, and has been before the Government for some consider able time. The claimants ore therefore anxiously waiting to know the intpntions of tho Government in connection with this long-standing claim.)"

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KEMP'S DEED., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIII, Issue 3453, 17 November 1914

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KEMP'S DEED. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIII, Issue 3453, 17 November 1914

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