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 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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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