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Last updated 11:25 04/11/2008

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Another iwi has signed up to the Central North Island Forests Land Collective.

The collective signed the largest-ever Treaty deal this year, the $400 million "Treelords" deal which carved up the bulk of the Crown's Central North Island (CNI) forest blocks.

Treaty Negotiations Minister Michael Cullen said Ngati Rangitihi had signed a Deed of Accession at Parliament that formalised the iwi as a member of the collective.

"Ngati Rangitihi's membership to the CNI Collective marks the last significant milestone in securing support and participation of all eight iwi, following the proposal they approached me with only a year ago," Dr Cullen said.

The CNI Collective settlement involved the transfer of the central North Island Crown forests land, worth $196m and associated accumulated rentals of approximately $223m to the eight iwi groups that make up the Central North island Forest Iwi Collective.

These iwi now include Ngai Tuhoe, Ngati Whare, Ngati Tuwharetoa, Ngati Manawa, Ngati Whakaue, Ngati Raukawa, the affiliate Te Arawa iwi and Ngati Rangitihi. Together they have more than 100,000 members.

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