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BusinessNZ, Maori Authorities forge closer ties

BusinessNZ and the Federation of Maori Authorities will sign an agreement today in Wellington aimed at working together for the benefit of their members.

BusinessNZ and the Federation of Maori Authorities will sign an agreement today in Wellington aimed at working together for the benefit of their members.

The Memorandum of Understanding will see BusinessNZ, New Zealand’s largest business network and our largest Maori business network (more than 140 Maori businesses with a combined asset base of about $8 billion) more formally and closely together.

“BusinessNZ and the Federation have worked co-operatively and collegially with successful results in the recent past. So we have already identified areas where our organisations might work together more closely to extend our respective influence and to add further value to our members,” said Federation chief executive Te Horipo Karaitiana.

BusinessNZ chief executive Phil O’Reilly said: “New Zealand’s success depends on business success. We need to cast the widest possible net and ensure both Maori and non-Maori businesses are involved in the quest for New Zealand’s success. This joint work is an exciting new chapter for both organisations.”