"The Crown had signed an agreement in principle with Te Hiku Forum, which represented five Far North iwi with a total of 40,000 members, to settle a number of claims lodged over the part 23 years.
Along with Maori co-governance of 90 Mile Beach, the Crown had agreed to pay $120 million and transfer the ownership of Aupouri forest and seven Crown-owned farms.
Co-governance of the beach could provide for a possible name change for the area, known as Te Oneroa a Tohe.
The origin of the beach's current name was unknown, but the beach was actually 88 kilometres long."Surely no one would object - the name 90 mile beach is meaningless at best. The local maori name Te Oneroa a Tohe has been there for hundreds of years.