THE NGAI TAHU CLAIMS.
The wrorga of the Ngai Tnhu tribe ate being made rouch of juat now by Mr Taare Parata, member for the Southern Maori district. The Ngai Tabu is the great tribe, of whom the head was Te Mai Hara Nui, the chief captured and murdered by Te Rauparaha. Te Bauparaha made several attacks against his southern foes, and did a great deal towards exteroiinat ing them on the Peninsula. The cause of the trouble raised by Mr Parata is the fact that Kemp's Deed : was not carried out to the letter by the Europeans, and that the reserves actually set aside for the Maoris were not handed over to them. This state ment may be quite correct, but it ap poars remarkable that the Maoris have not raised the point before Kemp's Deed was signed in 1848 at Akaroa, being the cause of much trouble then, because tho Governor considered Kemp had not obtained the native signatures in a fair manner. The deed was adopted, howevor, »nd it is the non fulfilment of this document about which Mr Parata is concerned co much. Everyone wanta to see the Maoris get fair play, but it ia a matter of surprise tbat the point baa not been raised before. Purely the Massey Government of 1914 can hardly be held responsible for a deed
badly carried out .--lnce 18-18. Iγ to be fomeaticg trouble a?,?ons>; the Natives, who bava lonp pihcb forgotten al! about the mathv,'. If Mr Parata bar! a concrete snggestion to make in the mutter, it would bo as' well for bim to make it, bin it. seems useless to rake up nnm-v eoTpppnn denee written in 185 G. The qupstion cannot be called a party one, as noth- t ing was done by the previous Libpvul I Government to alfesr ennclit-ionfi. Un l less Mr Parata bas in vi'pw tho bettor , menfc of the Natives in the South by ( an increase of reserves, it spoms im i possible to understand why ho should I wish to rake up this old dispute. ]
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THE NGAI TAHU CLAIMS., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIII, Issue 3461, 15 December 1914