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FOMA Business Summit

Dr Ganesh Nana, chair of the Commission, smiling

Commission Chair Dr Ganesh Nana addressed the hui on the opening day.

26 April 2023

The Productivity Commission was pleased to attend the FOMA Business Summit held 14-15 April. The kōrero was highly informative around topics ranging from cyclone recovery, climate adaptation and resilience, free trade agreements, and links with indigenous groups abroad. It was a particularly moving event, signaling the end of over three years of zooming since the last FOMA in-person summit in 2019.

Commission Chair Dr Ganesh Nana addressed the hui on the opening day. Ganesh’s presentation, ‘Supporting the overall wellbeing of Aotearoa’, noted the strengths and resilience embedded within Māori communities as reflected in their response to COVID and Cyclone Gabrielle. Ganesh also encouraged Māori businesses to retain a long-term inter-generational perspective.

“Such a perspective is important if we are to commit to ongoing long-term investments to lift the productivity of the resources that are under our collective watch.”

FOMA Me Uru Kahikatea assists Māori businesses to achieve greater returns, increasing exports and GDP, creating opportunities for their members to prosper and grow. FOMA’s members represent a diverse cross section of Māori business including forestry, fisheries, agriculture, tourism, energy, property and investments.

The Commission values the strong relationship we have with FOMA and looks forward to continuing to work closely with them as we strive to lift the productivity of Aotearoa New Zealand and improve wellbeing for all New Zealanders.

View Dr Ganesh Nana’s presentation here.