The Maniapoto Trust Board has been endorsed by the crown to negotiate the treaty claim on behalf of the tribe.
Deputy Chair, Keith Ikin says despite differences between the tribes within the King Country region, nearly three quarters of their beneficiaries agreed that the board should settle the claim with the crown.
"This issue is can really cause division amongst the tribe, therefore in our meetings, some within the tribe didn't agree, but, in the end, we left it for the beneficiaries to decide, and last month 72% voted that the board should be mandated to lead the claim with the crown," said Keith Ikin.
Ngāti Rereahu was one of the tribes pushing for their own settlement, rather than coming under the umbrella of a wider Maniapoto claim.
"Recently we sat with the Te Maru Rereahu Trust to talk. At the conclusion of that meeting Maru Rereahu agreed to work together with the board to complete their claim. Therefore, there is a mutual consensus at this time," he said.
The Maniapoto Trust board is now seeking nominations for three negotiators. Applications close midday tomorrow. The successful applicants are expected to be announced next week.
Mānia Clarke will bring more tonight on Te Kāea at 5.30pm.