The Federation of Māori Authorities and the University Of Auckland Faculty Of Engineering are pleased to announce an initiative to connect some of the nation’s best engineering capability with many of our leading Māori enterprises.

“To ensure FOMA members remain at the leading edge of a technology based economy, understanding more about nanotechnology, robotics, chemical and bioengineering among other things, is essential if we are to maximise the potential of our asset base and ensure our people are achieving all they want to achieve,” said FOMA Chairman Traci Houpapa.

FOMA will be working with the engineering faculty to facilitate opportunities for FOMA’s members to meet with faculty engineers, scientists and researchers where the faculty’s work can add value to our members.  Furthermore, as FOMA members are looking to increase the returns on their assets and to grow our own rangatahi, working with the nation’s largest Faculty of Engineering is an important strategic relationship.

“A relationship such as this will help us facilitate those essential discussions that will make sure our Māori enterprises have access to some of the best and brightest engineers and scientists,” said Ms Houpapa.

The Faculty of Engineering has established a team of engineers and researchers who will be able to meet with FOMA members in their rohe.  As Chairman of FOMA, Traci has been invited by the Dean of Engineering to present to the Faculty of Engineering on 22 November to help cement this relationship and look to next steps.

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Established in 1987, FOMA is the largest national Maori economic network representing around 150 Maori Authorities with a collective asset base of around $9billion with interests largely in the primary industry.  Many of FOMAs members are established exporters to Asia, North America and Europe.