Ngāti Mutunga on the Chathams Islands has moved a step further to settling its Treaty of Waitangi claims.
After seeking the mandate from iwi members, it now has a Settlement Governance Group in place that has been recognised by the Crown.
Last year, the Ngāti Mutunga o Wharekauri Iwi Trust held wānanga to listen to kōrero around grievances and settlement expectations, and to get an idea of a timeframe to achieve its goal of reaching a mandate.
The Trust's chair, Paula Page, said that it was an exciting time for the iwi, and everyone needed to be engaged as it moved along the pathway towards settlement.
The Settlement Governance Group will be holding a series of hui in June and July to seek 'Expressions of Interest' for potential governance roles within the group.