Lightning Hub welcomed rangatahi from both Trident and Whakatane High Schools onTuesday to attend a workshop run by Marcus Akuhata-Brown, facilitated alongside Rawiri Tapiata. Marcus is a gifted and renowned speaker, having traveled the world as an international representative for youth development, education, and training.

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, Ngati Kahungunu, Te Aitanga a Mahaki, Rongowhakaata and Ngati Paoa. 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.

Marcus shared his profound life story, and the importance for young Maori to know the huge potential they have in shaping our future. His korero was truly inspirational and encouraged the youth to draw upon their whakapapa and make good decisions moving forward.

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