SIR JOHN GORST
asked the Under Secretary of State for the Colonies, As to the following passage in a Letter from the Colonial Office, dated 13th August, 1884, addressed to certain Maori chiefs who had presented a Memorial to Her Majesty, complaining of the alleged violations of the Treaty of Waitangi:—You will receive a further communication from Her Majesty's Government with regard to your Memorial as soon as the statement from the New Zealand Government has been received and considered;1885 when the statement from the New Zealand Government was received; and, when the further communication from Her Majesty's Government, promised in the above Letter, will be made?
§ THE UNDEE SECRETARY OF STATE (Mr. OSBORNE MORGAN)
I believe the passage referred to in the Question is correctly cited from the letter therein mentioned. Lord Derby, after receiving a statement from the New Zealand Government, with reference to the Maori Chiefs' Memorial, did, on June 23, 1885, communicate further with the Governor of New Zealand, and requested him to make a communication to Tawhiao and other Chiefs in the terms of the despatch printed at page 43 of Parliamentary Paper 4,492. A copy of the despatch was given to the Maori Chiefs. This answers the last part of the Question. On January 25 last, the Colonial Office received from the Governor of New Zealand an answer to that despatch, dated December 16, 1885, enclosing a translation of a letter from Twahaio to the Governor. If the hon. and learned Member desires to move for a copy of these Papers, they can be presented. No further communication from Her Majesty's Government, beyond that which I have already mentioned, has been addressed to the Maori Chiefs.