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National Conference a key event on Maori business calender

Federation of Maori Authorities media release

26 August 2014

Federation of Maori Authorities National Conference 2014 a key event on the Maori business calendar.

The Federation of Maori Authorities National Conference 2014 is shaping up to be a key event for those involved in Maori business. The conference will be held at the War Memorial Conference Centre in Whanganui from 26 – 28 of September.

An impressive line-up of conference presenters includes BERL Chief Economist Dr Ganesh Nana, Landcorp CEO Steven Carden and Managing Partner of Chen Palmer Public and Employment Law Specialist Mai Chen. Chief Executive Te Horipo Karaitiana says the conference is an opportunity to get an update and discuss significant issues that impact on our businesses. “These include sustainable business practices, international and local co-investment opportunities and the current Te Ture Whenua Maori Act review.”

The Ahuwhenua Trophy BNZ Maori Excellence in Farming Award 2015 for the Sheep and Beef Competition will be launched at the hui. Originally initiated in 1933 by Sir Apirana Ngata and Lord Bledisloe the first competition was won by Bay of Plenty farmer William Swinton. Since then, the competition has developed to include sheep and beef farming and the Young Maori Farmer of the Year Award which was introduced in 2012. There will be a site visit to 2014 Ahuwhenua Trophy Award winner Te Rua o te Moko Ltd’s dairy operation in Hawera.

The Federation of Maori Authorities (FOMA) represents 150 organisations from 11 regions through-out the country and represents members who have a collective asset base worth 8 billion dollars.

Full conference details and registration information can be found at http://federation.conference.Maori.nz/index.htm. Early bird registrations close on Sunday 31 August.

The Federation of Maori Authorities National Conference 2014 wishes to acknowledge Gold sponsors Silver Fern Farms, Beef + Lamb NZ, Dairy NZ and Primary ITO and Silver sponsors Balance AgriNutrients and Te Puni Kokiri. The Bronze sponsers are Ministry for Primary Industries, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, LIC and New Zealand Trade and Enterprise.

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