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Kehinde Bah
MC - Marcus Akuhata-Brown

Favourite Superhero - Maui Potiki

  • Resourceful, Fearless and Cunning - A Contemporary Maori Business Model
  • Sustainability through social responsibility

Melissa Crockett (Nga Puhi, Ngati Kahu, Te Rarawa) is the co-owner of Potiki Adventures, an innovative Maori tourism company based in Auckland.

Melissa is passionate about showcasing the relevance and beauty of culture, landscapes and art, all from a contemporary Maori perspective. Potiki also focuses on providing employment and mentoring for young Maori.  Potiki has been trading for just over 4.0 years and has already built a solid reputation in the local and international travel industry.

Melissa won the Pacific Asia Travel Association Young Tourism Professional Award at the 2006 ‘New Zealand Tourism Industry Association Awards’. In 2007 she won both the Outstanding Business Citizenship & Best New Business categories at the ‘Her Business - Business Woman of the Year Awards’. She and business partner Bianca Ranson also won the Best Maori Women in Business category at the National 2007 MWDI Maori Business Awards.  Potiki Adventures achieved a “Highly Recommended” listing in Lonely Planet and has its product sold by a large number of leading international travel agencies. Potiki has featured in international & local media such as American & Australian Vogue, Wanderlust Magazine, Frommers, Rough Guide, Unlimited Magazine, ASB Business, NZ Herald etc.

Additionally, Melissa is into her third term as the Chair of a national Maori theatre charitable trust that works with at risk Maori teenagers and has been a board member of the Auckland Maori Regional Tourism Organisation.

  • Resourceful,, Fearless and Cunning - A Contemporary Maori Business Model
    Running a tourism business using a Pakeha business model, but with Maori philosophies. Challenges faced, motivations and successes
  • Sustainability through social responsibility
    How can being involved with your community benefit your business. The workshop will give examples and ideas, provide a space for brainstorming and planning to become involved with the community in a way that will genuinely help both partners
Favourite Superhero - Spiderman (his sharp wit)
  • Cultivating Community Leadership
  • Sustaining the Youth Movement

Kehinde Bah is a youth advocate and former Canadian Urban Leadership award winner (2004) in Toronto. A co-founder and visionary of the innovative hip-hop youth development program, The Remix Project (, Kehinde's previous role on the Mayor's Community Safety Panel was critical to securing the political and financial backing to give Remix birth.  He has been a youth advocate within the Boys and Girls Clubs of Ontario and Canada, the Chairperson of the Toronto Youth Cabinet, a youth liaison officer at the Laidlaw Foundation and much more. Kehinde's efforts to promote an equitable playing field for marginalized youth has led him to engage with some of Canada's foremost political and grassroots leaders as well as supporting the individual empowerment of the many young people he's come into contact with. Kehinde is currently the Co-Chair on the Board of Directors at For Youth Initiative, a community organization led by youth.

  • Cultivating Community Leadership
    Kehinde's address will be about his experiences in youth organising in Toronto.  Hear the story of a young person who went from organising fundraisers at the local community centre to playing a key role in advancing Canadian social policy.  Included in the address will be some references to the youth-led programs and initiatives that have stood out as examples that should exist everywhere.  The overall theme is that strong community leaders are given the opportunity to develop their skills over time, and that the path to success is not always a straight line.
  • Sustaining the Youth Movement
    This session is geared towards the nitty-gritty of youth advocacy and organising.  How do you sustain your momentum? Avoid burnout? Keep your activities connected to the communities you represent?  Move towards authentic power?  And what should your relationships with the adults that try to support you look like?  Bring questions, and prepare to participate in an interactive discussion on these themes.

Conference Master of Ceremonies

Marcus grew up on the East Coast, his father is Ngati Porou (Tuwhakairiora) from Te Araroa on the East Cape and his mother has English and Welsh ancestry.

A qualified teacher and gifted communicator; Marcus has led a number of innovative alternative education programmes addressing the learning needs of youth at risk and young offenders.

Since 1996 Marcus has traveled all over the world as both a national and international representative and delegate. Marcus was a Director on the international board of CIVICUS as well as being Head of the Commonwealth Youth Caucus and organization dedicated to increasing young people participation in social and economic development.

Marcus founded Tukaha Global Consultancy in 2000 and currently divides his time between speaking and consultancy work, land development in Te Araroa and personal studies through Te Wananga o Raukawa.

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