Kūaka Mārangaranga, a group consisting of 12 young, passionate future Māori leaders are participating at the United Nations indigenous permanent forum in New York.

Handpicked by Dr Lance O'Sullivan and the Moko Foundation, they are representing the Māori people and according to participant Kerei Winitana-Paki, they have taken with them four main kaupapa.

“Tuatahi ko te tiaki i te whenua, ka rua, ko te constitutional transformation arā ngā ture, ka toru, health and well-being, ka whā, ko te mātauranga Māori.”

Thousands of indigenous peoples have assembled at the UN to present many kaupapa affecting indigenous peoples.

The forum concludes April 27.

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