10 Mar 2012

Far North iwi members back Crown settlement deal

10:48 am on 10 March 2012

Members of Te Rarawa iwi in the Far North have voted to ratify a treaty settlement - with 84.75% accepting the deal on offer from the Crown.

Just 25% of tribal members took part in the ballot.

Voters are also overwhelmingly, by 82.50%, behind the runanga becoming the recipient of the package, which includes almost $34 million and six schools.

Te Rarawa chairperson Haami Piripi says the process has taken 10 years to complete, largely because iwi negotiators would not accept earlier offers or proposals made by the Crown.

He says the runanga will decide on its next move in over the coming weeks.