Ngai Tahu is about to have a bigger say in resource management decisions made by local authorities in Otago.
A group called Te Roopu Taiao o Otakou has been set up to act as a forum between the South Island iwi and councils.
The aim is to ensure tribal involvement in resource management and for local authorities to fulfil their obligations to iwi.
The agreement has been made formal through a governance charter that's been drawn up.
Members of the group are: Otago Regional Council, Dunedin City Council, Clutha District Council, Central Otago District Council, and the Hokonui, Otakou, Puketeraki, and the Moeraki runanga.