Join Us

The Federation welcomes new members and who wish to work collaborative to promote Māori economic prosperity

How to apply for membership

We have two categories of membership.

  • Māori Authorities – for entities established under Te Ture Whenua Māori Act 1993.
  • All other Māori organisations such as iwi, rūnanga, settlement entities and Māori businesses (with Māori having 50 per cent or more shareholdings).

To become a member please contact for more details on how to apply.

All membership applications will be considered by the Board at their next meeting and our staff will be in contact to progress matters further.


  • Membership administration fees are $1000 plus GST.

Membership benefits

Our service offering is based on what our members have told us is important to them and is designed to support our members prosper and grow. The offering is not just for organisations with a primary sector interests but the full scope of  Māori Authorities and organisations.

Advocacy – A primary objective of FOMA is to promote the interest of the Federation to central Government and other bodies and to make representations or submissions on relevant matters of law, legislative measures, or policies

  • Your membership entitles your input into Federation policy that in turn is advocated to Government.

A few examples  below of what we provide members and do under Advocacy:

  • Weekly Panui Omnibus for Members 
  • Weekly AgBrief for Members
  • Te Ture Whenua Maori Bill Submission


Ki nga whakaeke haumi – ‘align yourself with those who have already banded together’

Many of our members also leverage their resources to take advantage of commercial opportunities that they couldn’t manage alone. As a Federation member you can access knowledge and experience from Māori business people, land administrators, and their advisers. For our members this includes discounted or no cost access to:

  • Our Annual conference
  • Annual Huihuinga Wāhine Māori Women’s Leadership Summit
  • Industry Forum for up to date sector information including Forestry, Investment, Dairy, Dry Stock, Horticulture, Fisheries.
  • Regional Meetings and Networking

Innovation – initiatives that increase your profitability and performance, facilitating access to Research and training – Information Transfer is a key concern of the Federation. Due to the relationships developed within the membership and the Me Uru Kahikatea strategy of unified effort, Māori organisations have better leverage and access to resources from within the Federation than from without. As a member you will get priority access to our initiatives that provide tangible commercial benefit for:

  • Dairy, Horticulture and Dry Stock profitably and performance
  • Governance development
  • People development within your enterprise
  • Accessing the Research, Science & Technology sector and co-investment

Free access to our Wellington business hub –  meeting rooms, office workspace, free printing and wifi are included.