Wednesday, 21 December 2022 11:55

Enter FOMA

Written by  Peter Burke
Federation of Maori Authorities chair Traci Houpapa. Federation of Maori Authorities chair Traci Houpapa.

The Federation of Maori Authorities (FOMA), which represents Māori interests on He Waka Eke Noa (HWEN), is hopeful of a positive response from government.

FOMA chair Traci Houpapa says she's confident that at the end of the day, pragmatism, goodwill and common sense will prevail and that a good outcome will be achieved for the HWEN partners.

She says FOMA signed up to HWEN because it knows that climate change is a significant issue and matters for Māori, NZ and the world.

"FOMA has certainly positioned Māori in terms of levies, resources, investments, governance, sequestration and the pricing modelling which are outstanding and are on the table now for open discussion on how we might develop them," she says.

Responding to criticism of the Government's response to the HWEN proposal by the Māori Trustee, Dr Charlotte Severne, Traci Houpapa says the fact that Māori may disagree is no different to Pakeha.

"I could well ask Pakeha farmers, when are you all going to agree?" she says.

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