Marcus Akuhata-Brown grew up on the East Coast of the North Island of New Zealand.

His father is from Te Whanau o Tuwhakairiora of Te Araroa on the East Cape, also the tribes of Ngai Tahu and Kahungunu. His mother is a fifth generation New Zealander with European ancestry.

An experienced educator and gifted communicator, Marcus has led a number of innovative programmes around the world.

In New Zealand his work has focused on addressing the learning and developmental needs of youth at risk and young offenders. From 1996 to 2004 Marcus travelled all over the world as a diplomat, international representative and delegate to multilateral meetings.

Marcus was a Director on the international board of CIVICUS as well as being an ex-officio member of the Commonwealth Youth Caucus.

Marcus founded Tukaha Global Consultantcy in 2000 and currently divides his time between speaking and consultancy work, land development activities in his tribal area and studies through Te Wananga o Raukawa, a tribal university.

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Employment History

2001-present: Director, Tukaha Global Consultancy Ltd

2000: Special Attachment, Commonwealth Secretariat, Marlbourgh House, London

1998: Pan Commonwealth Youth Representative, Commonwealth Youth Programme / Chair, Commonwealth Youth Caucus

1997: Intervention Teacher, Fairfield College

1995: Communtity Project Worker, Maatua Whangai O Kirikiriroa, Department of Internal Affairs

1993: Principal, Te Huarahi Alternative Education Centre

1991: Residential Assistant, Waikato University

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INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE / (Highlights)

2002: International Facilitator, CITIZEN YOU, Sunderland, North England

CIVICUS Representative, Melaka Youth Dialogue, World Assembly of Youth, Malaysia

2001: Leader International Debating Team / Cumberland Lodge, Great Windsor Park, England

International Facilitator, Indigenous Youth Enterprise Development Workshop, Carins, Australia

Guest Presenter, South Pacific Regional Advisory Board Strategic Deveopment Workshop, Nandi Fiji

2000: Convenor, Head Facilitator, South Pacific Youth Forum Strategic Planning Workshop, Rarotonga, Cook Islands

Internship, Commonwealth Youth Programme South Pacific Centre, Honiara, Solomon Islands

Head of Delegation, Commonwealth Youth Forum, Commonwealth Youth Ministers Meeting, Honiara, Solomon Islands

Special Attachement, Commonwealth Secretariat, Marlbourgh House, London England

Performer, Kai korero, Ngati Rarana Kapa Haka Group, Sardina Italy

International Facilitator, Commonwealth Youth Forum, CHOGM, Durban, South Africa

1999: Workshop Facilitator, CIVICUS General Assembly, Manila, Phillipines

Consultant, South Pacific Regional Advisory Board, CYP, Nauru

Participant / Facilitator, Commonwealth Youth Programmes, Strategic Planning Workshop, Lusaka, Zambia

Member, Commonwealth Ministerial Review Group, London England/Bridgetown, Barbados

1998: Com’Delegate, United Nations, Lisbon, Portugal

Member Committee of Management, Commonwealth Youth Programme, Com Sec, London, England

New Zealand Delegate, Commonwealth Youth Ministers Meeting, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

1999: New Zealand Delegate to Inaugural Commonwealth Youth Forum, CHOGM, Edinbourgh Scotland

Diploma in Teaching, Waikato Universtiy