Youth and iwi leaders at UN in Geneva discuss indigenous rights – Te Ao Māori News
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Youth and iwi leaders at UN in Geneva discuss indigenous rights – Te Ao Māori News

Ngā Rangatahi-A-Iwi and Tikanga Pou (National Iwi Chairmen’s Forum) present their position papers on recent changes in Aotearoa in Geneva.

According to Ngā Rangatahi Shae Brown, an Iwi representative, the Indigenous Rights Expert Mechanism is a place where the nations of the world can come together, discuss common problems and find common solutions.

“We want to make sure our voices are heard on the issues that we are experiencing, especially Te Tiriti o Waitangi, a document that has changed us in so many ways. And many other First Nations want to have the same.”

It’s a first for Shae Brown, who represents Nga Rangatahi A Iwi, and the Ngati Pōrou descendant says it’s time for more young people to be at the decision-making table.

The group includes Pania Newton, Jason Mareroa and Shae Brown representing the NRAI, and Macy Duxfield and Kym Hamilton representing Pou Tikanga.

The expedition was privately funded and participants received the personal support of Aotearoa’s Indigenous organisations, which is a requirement for applicants.

Brown hopes that when he returns and talks about his experiences, he will inspire others to come to EMIRIP, to the Permanent Forum, and get involved in this type of kaupapa.

“It was an amazing experience and I hope that Ngā Rangatai ā Iwi and we have inspired other rangatahi to get involved at a local or national level,” Brown says.