Brodie (Ngapuhi and Te Āti Awa) lives in the South Island city of Ōtautahi (Christchurch). He was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy at birth and later Cortical Vision Impairment. Despite this, Brodie’s engaging personality has, and continues to help him, make the most of life’s opportunities.
Before joining the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO as a Youth Leader, Brodie was a member of the Education Minister’s Youth Advisory Group. He has always been eager to ensure that people with additional needs are supported and listened to.
Brodie has a particular interest in foreign relations, drawing on insights from overseas as to how countries and governments respond and cater to the needs of those with impairments. Through the role of UNESCO Aotearoa Youth Leaders, Brodie hopes to draw attention to global citizenship education and its role in addressing the needs of those persons who may need additional support to be active global citizens.
“Although Aotearoa New Zealand is a small and isolated country, I believe we have the opportunity to be world leaders in how we respond and look after people with impairments.”