Tuhoe chief negotiator Tamati Kruger is being praised for his tenacity in securing a Treaty agreement with the Crown.
Iwi descendants and Government officials came together on Friday to initial a deed of settlement at Parliament.
The settlement includes a Crown apology for breaches of the Treaty of Waitangi and redress under the term mana motuhake, which gives Tuhoe - to some extent - the ability to manage its own affairs with help from government services.
A Ruatoki kaumatua, Paki Nikora, says the initialling opens up the opportunity for a new future for Tuhoe and the Crown.
And he acknowledges negotiator Tamati Kruger, saying he did more than was expected of him.
Mr Nikora recalls negotiations hitting a roadblock in 2010 with the Crown over Te Urewera National Park.
He says that would have broken anybody, but after advice from the people Mr Kruger went back into negotiations and as a result the deed has been initialled.
Mr Kruger is now stepping down from his negotiator role.
He says getting to this stage is a great achievement and shows a commitments by both sides to resolve issues that will usher in change.