A Māori youth delegation met with Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta in a bid to advance their goal to attend a United Nations conference in Geneva. 

'He Kuaka Mārangaranga' is earnestly trying to raise the funds to travel despite having only two weeks' notice.

The delegation wants to air their concerns about the government's approval to expand the Otakiri Springs water bottling plant near Whakatāne.

The delegation also hopes to network with other indigenous peoples to discuss other common issues impacting on their indigenous rights.