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Brucetta Toatu McKenzie

Brucetta is a citizen of the UK and Kiribati. She has lived worked and studied in Hawaii,

Australia, the UK, New Zealand and Kiribati - where she is based now. Brucetta has a B.Sc. (Tourism Management) and a teaching certificate for special needs.


Her work experience is varied and includes stints at the Papua New Guinea High

Commission in London, the New Zealand High Commission in Tarawa, and Kiribati

Consul office in Auckland; in the airline industry and teaching. For the last 10 years, she has been working with international development organisations implementing education-related and other programmes in Kiribati.


Brucetta is passionate about community engagement and involvement; and her deep networks mean that she can convene stakeholder consultations with the right players. She is experienced in providing structure to programming, training and partnership building. Through her work with UNICEF Pacific, she has developed skills in financial management, monitoring and evaluation and report writing. In 2021 she supported the remote scoping and design of the New Zealand MFAT-funded Kiribati Solid Waste Management programme, leading stakeholder workshops working through the priorities for Phase 3 of the programme. Her interest in the environment and public health and connections with government, private sector and community groups was invaluable, especially when the rest of the design team could not travel to Kiribati during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Out of the formal office setting, Brucetta can be found in communities working with

children, youth, women and people with disability on education, health, social and sporting issues. Her own five children are working and studying overseas.


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