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The Cream of Wahine Māori Business Leaders Set to Meet

The Cream of Wahine Māori Business Leaders Set to Meet.

Māori women business leaders and decision makers from throughout Aotearoa are set to meet in Auckland onFriday July 24 for the annual Huihuinga Wahine Māori Women’s Leadership Summit.

The summit, which is in its fourth year, is hosted by the Federation of Māori Authorities (FOMA).

FOMA chairman Traci Houpapa said the one day conference brought the country’s top Māori women chairs, deputy chairs, CEs, GMs, directors, trustees and governors together to discuss economic and commercial issues important to them and the entities they represent.

“The speakers are always uplifting, inspiring and challenging. They are people who are unapologetically focused on achievement and success for all New Zealanders, with a special commitment to Māori economic development,” Ms Houpapa said.

The Summit, held at the Novotel Auckland Airport, is headlined by a strong line-up of speakers including Te Rununga o Ngai Tahu Chief Executive Arihia Bennett, Dame Jenny Shipley and Master Chefs Kasey and Karena Bird.

Ms Houpapa said it was important to bring the country’s leading and emerging businesswoman together to foster networks and to provide encouragement and support.

“Wahine Māori are a growing and increasingly important part of the national economic landscape. The purpose of this hui is to come together to inspire, inform and uplift.

“These are admirable outcomes which in turn flow through to the businesses and entities that those who attend our conference represent.”


The Federation of Māori Authorities wishes to acknowledge the official sponsors of the 2015 Huihuinga Wahine-Māori Women’s Leadership Summit: New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, Westpac New Zealand and Te Puni Kokiri.

About FOMA

FOMA was formed in 1987 to provide support and a collective political voice for its members. In the almost 30 years it has been in operation membership of FOMA has grown to include 150 Māori authorities or entities ranging from single farm businesses to broad-based enterprises that own and manage interests across the raft of primary industries. The collective asset base of the FOMA membership is estimated to be $8 billion dollars. FOMA’s members include agriculturalists, forestry owners, and mixed-use land owners. Membership comprises of a variety of Māori entities - iwi, hapu, trusts and other Māori land owners.

The Federation’s strategic goal is to promote sustainable economic prosperity, for its members, communities and the country.

For further information contact FOMA business Manager Ngaria Rolleston 027 3803281


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