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Negotiations on a settlement package with Ngāti Tama began in April 1998. The Deed of Settlement was agreed by an exchange of letters between the Crown and Ngāti Tama is the Crown’s formal offer of settlement for Ngāti Tama’s historical claims against the Crown under the Treaty of Waitangi.
Ngāti Tama was represented in negotiations by the Claims Progression Team led by Greg White.
The Office of Treaty Settlements with the support of Treasury, Ministry of Fisheries and the Department of Conservation, represented the Crown in day to day negotiations. The Minister in Charge of Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations, Hon Margaret Wilson, represented the Crown in high-level negotiations with Ngāti Tama.