All legal action between Talleys and the meatworkers union has been suspended.
Significant progress has been made in the AFFCO dispute, and the two parties have reached provisional agreement on the core document.
They're now working towards the settlement of specific site documents, for union members to ratify.
The union and Talleys have agreed and committed to a return to work within a short time frame of all workers, and the withdrawal or suspension of all legal action while the final details are agreed.
Iwi leaders, who've been working with the two parties to find a solution, say the commitment by Andrew Talley and senior management to an open and regular dialogue with union officials goes a long way to restoring confidence and certainty.