Daryl Brougham was born in Auckland in 1979 and is affiliated to Tainui-Ngati Maniapoto. Having survived eighteen years of state care, he is determined to improve the social welfare system from within. He took time out to study both care of the elderly and facilities management before starting his degree. In 2009, he was awarded a Deputy Chief of Navy Commendation from NZDF. Daryl lives in Auckland with his wife Emily and two lovely daughters.