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APPEALS BY MAORIS.

MAHUTA'S CASE WITHDRAWN NO OBJECTIONS TO SERVICE. The first sitting of the Native Military Service Board was held at Mercer yesterday. The Court comprised Judge C. E. MacCormick, chairman, and two native members, Messrs. John Ormsby and' Pitiera. Taipua. Major Conlan represented the Defence Department. Only 1 eight appeals were set down for hearing, and of those two had been classified C2. The proceedings of the board were not marked by any unusual incident. The site of the Maori pa on the banks of the Waikato at Mercer is under water, and tho meetings which were recently held to discuss tho Military Service Act terminated when the flood waters of the Waikato invaded the pa. The majority of the natives have gone to Whakatewai, 30 miles away on the shores of the Hauraki Gulf, and for some days the township, so far as the natives are concerned, has been practically deserted. About a score of Maori men, most of them aged, assembled in the Courthouse when the proceedings commenced. The Maoris listened to the j first two or three appeals with interest, i but their curiosity was soon satisfied, and at the end of the first caso heard after j the luncheon adjournment they left the cold Court-room in a body for the sunshine outside, leaving only the' three remaining appellants before the board. Referring to an appeal by Te Marac Mahuta, widow of Mahuta Tawhiao, the. lato Maori "king," on behalf of To ; Raungaanga Mahuta, her son, the chair--man said this resorvist was now in camp and had withdrawn his appeal. To make sure that Mahuta understood what he had done, he had examined him in Auckland on the previous day, and the young man said he was now anxious to go to fight for his country. A few moments after this announcement was made an old native rose in the Court and asserted-that Ma-,' huta was under ass. He would like to know whether Mahuta's action would affect the appeals of other natives under age. The chairman replied that Mahuta's action was -a purely personal matter, and affected himself alone. His action was a good example to other Waikatos. "I will not appeal, cany on," was written across tho appeal form of Eri Wi Hongi, a railway porter at Mercer. AH , this reservist, desired was an extension of j time for two weeks to enable him to visit his home at Kaikohe. He had previously volunteered, but had been rejected. Leave till September 6 was granted. Joseph Slater, farmer, Pukekawa, appealed for Martin Mackay. He stated that he had 2000 acres of rough country, and Mackay was his only employee. Dynes Fulton, chairman of the Tuakau Town Board, gave evidence porting the. appeal, which was adjourned sine die. Edwin Moanaroa Howe, gas engine-1 driver, Onehnnga, said he was one of the Ngapuhi tribe, and objected to be cal'ed up .with the Waikatos. He had twice volunteered, but had been rejected. He married in September, 1915, and now had two children. He was anxious to serve, but he asked for time, until his wife had recovered from an illness. John Howe, carpenter, Onehunga, brother of the; former reservist, said he also had enlisted previously, but had been rejected. He and his brother were members of & tribe which had enlisted in large .numbers, and, he considered they' should not have been) called up. He was willing to go on active i service. The board decided to adjourn both appeals until the men, had been medically examined. , The only other appeal was lodged on the ground that appellant, who is now in J camp, was under age. The case was adjourned to Auckland. The board will sit to-day at 11.30 a.m. at Huntly, where seven caws ha7e been set down for hearing. Six appeals will be heard at Ngaruawahia to-morrow, 12 at •Te Awamutu on Friday, and 37 at To, Kuiti on Monday and two following days.. The board will then proceed to the Thames,.' where a- Bitting will be held on Friday, i. August 2, to,hear 21 appeals. It is probable that the hoard will hold a sitting at the Narrow Neck camp on, Wednesday, J •August 7.

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APPEALS BY MAORIS., New Zealand Herald, Volume LV, Issue 16910, 24 July 1918

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APPEALS BY MAORIS. New Zealand Herald, Volume LV, Issue 16910, 24 July 1918

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