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Ron Mark Appointed Cheif Executive Of FoMA

Press Release: Federation of Maori Authorities (Inc.)

Date: March 13, 2010

Ron Mark appointed chief executive of the Federation of Māori Authorities (FoMA)

Wairarapa Moana Incorporation deputy chairman and former New Zealand First MP Ron Mark has been appointed chief executive of the Federation of Māori Authorities (FoMA).

FoMA chairperson Traci Houpapa said Mr Mark was a welcome addition to the FoMA management team and brought a wealth of experience to the role.

“Ron will be a powerful advocate for FoMA and our members. He brings a wealth of political and agribusiness experience, complemented by the discipline of an impressive military career.”

Ms Houpapa said she was impressed by the high calibre of applicants for the role, which is tasked with driving economic opportunity and advocacy for the country’s la rgest Māori economic collective.

“Mr Mark was the clear choice as the FoMA chief executive. There are some exciting economic opportunities for Māori in the national and international arena. It is imperative that we have a passionate driver who ensures FoMA continues to provide the support and focus to assist our members to grow the wealth and asset value of their members.

“FoMA is the premier economic advocate for Maori authorities. We have implemented strategic changes to ensure we continue as a powerful collective and advocate focused on ensuring Māori business is being promoted and supported.
Mr Mark said he was excited and honoured by the opportunity to add value to the country’s la rgest Maori economic development and advocacy collective.
“I have spent the la st 14 years supporting and advocating for the people I represent. I am driven by a desire to succeed and bring value to those I work with.

“There is significant opportunity for Māori in the current economic environment. This is a new phase in my career and I am invigorated by the opportunity avai la ble through FoMA.

“I am passionate about Māori business success, and I will use every means avai la ble to me to ensure an informed Māori voice is being heard to support Māori economic and political aspirations and to nurture further economic growth and success.”

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