A useful precedent for Australia?

(From NZ Hearld -see link below)
Tuhoe to enter treaty negotiations with Crown
10:03AM Tuesday July 29, 2008

Tuhoe are set to enter Treaty negotiations with the Crown, with a delegation of hundreds expected at Parliament this week to mark the start of the process.

Tuhoe never signed the Treaty of Waitangi and the negotiation will only be the second time it has entered formal negotiations with the Crown.

Last month Tuhoe were part of the historic Treelords agreement, which signed over about $420 million in central North Island forestry assets to an iwi collective.

A spokesman for Treaty Negotiations Minister Michael Cullen said the terms of negotiation were expected to be signed at Parliament on Thursday, with hundreds from the iwi present.

The spokesman said even though Tuhoe had never signed the Treaty they could still seek redress for historical grievances under its terms as the Crown had always seen it as covering the whole country.

– NZPA

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/section/story.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=10524078