The Ngaati Hinerangi iwi have signed an agreement in principle with the Crown to settle their historic Treaty of Waitangi claims.
A Crown apology along with financial, commercial and cultural redress are outlined in the agreement signed by Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Christopher Finlayson today.
"The agreement in principle marks the start of the next phase of negotiations with Ngaati Hinerangi and is an important milestone for both the iwi and the Crown," Mr Finlayson said.
"This agreement provides the basis for a more detailed deed of settlement."
The Ngaati Hinerangi is an iwi from the Tainui waka confederation and has interests from Matamata to the Western Bay of Plenty that encompasses the Kaimai Range.
As part of the agreement, all sites in the Kaimai Range will be transferred to the iwi while ensuring public access to all but one site of high cultural significance.