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The Federation of Māori Authorities Inc. is a up of a collective of Māori trusts & organisations across Aotearoa. We exist to help our members prosper, grow and achieve greater returns, increasing exports and GDP. We help our Members, regions and communities to prosper and grow. Our contribution makes a difference to the wealth of Aotearoa NZ Inc.

FOMA members represent assets with diversified interests across mixed livestock, dairy, horticulture, property, retirement villages, seafood, investments etc. FOMA members are the largest network of Māori Freehold landowners in Aotearoa NZ.


Me Uru Kahikatea is our whakatauākī (proverb) symbolising the strength of unity. It’s what guides us and is our philosophical anchor


Our vision is to grow Sustainable Economic Prosperity for our Members, our Communities and Aotearoa New Zealand!

To achieve this we are on a mission to create greater opportunities for our Members to prosper and grow

FOMA hui at Wharewaka in Wellington. Photo copyright Mark Coote for FOMA..


In 1974 a Commission of Inquiry into Māori Reserved Land was submitted to parliament concerning the perpetual leasehold (LIP) dimension of Māori Reserved Land and the associated injustice imposed on Māori Land owners.

That inquiry then reached out across all Māori reserved land and a wider tribal community was involved. It was about that time that Sir Hepi Te Heuheu convened us to say we needed a separate organisation as the New Zealand Māori Council would not move, and decided that there should be a group of Māori economic authorities. It was essentially a plan to bring those authorities together and leave the Māori council to play with itself.” 

Sir Hepi then gifted the proverbial pepeha – ‘Me Uru Kahikatea’ – to the new Federation of Māori Authorities. It relates to the kahikatea – the white pine with its long roots into the ground and the way they intertwine and stand together. ‘Me Uru Kahikatea’.


003 Malcolm Short Te Arawa 2015
004 Waka Vercoe Mataatua 2015
005 Ingrid Collins Tairawhiti 2016
006 Rore Pat Stafford Te Tau Ihu O Te Waka A Maui 2016
007 Paul Morgan QSO Te Tau Ihu O Te Waka A Maui 2017
008 Joe Everitt Taitokerau 2017
009 Tumanako Wereta Tuwharetoa 2017
010 Derek Kotuku Wooster Tainui 2017
011 Tama Nikora Mataatua 2017
012 Liz Mellish MNZM Te Upoko O Te Ika 2017
013 Kingi Smiler Takitimu 2017
014 Peter Charleton Aotea 2017
015 Rutene Irwin Tairawhiti 2017
016 Alex Wilson Te Arawa 2017
017 Ta Tipene O’Regan Te Waipounamu 2017
018 Margaret McGuire Takitimu 2018
019 Stanley Pardoe Tairawhiti 2018
020 Ratahi Cross Tairawhiti 2018
021 James Heemi Wheeler Te Tau Ihu O Te Waka A Maui 2019
022 Karleen Everitt Taitokerau 2019