Spotlight: Marie Tukerangi

Every month, leaders are stepping up and working harder than ever to educate, grow their business, and most of all, inspire. It is because of people like them, that Crowd1 has become what it is today. This is a chance to get to know the people behind the success.

What is your background like?

I come from a long line of a dedicated, loving, and hardworking family. I was born and raised in Ponsonby, Auckland; a New Zealand born Samoan. I am married to Chris who is Maori, and we have 3 beautiful children; half Samoan half Maori. Growing up both my parents worked, my mum worked two jobs to provide for a household of 15 people all from Samoa, in a 3-bedroom home. My parents sacrificed and dedicated their time to provide for our family, for which I am truly grateful.

How did you get to where you are now?

I was introduced to this concept in May 2020 by my older sister Asoono. At the time, we were both looking for a second income to help with our families. I went all in; I didn’t understand it at first but I was willing to learn and was determined to make it work. In September 2020 I was diagnosed with early stages of breast cancer. My whole world shattered, and I went into a dark place and hated the world. I resigned from my job, so I decided to continue with the business.

I had my operation on the left-side to have the lumps removed and the same day of the operation the medical team found another lump on the right side and sadly, it was cancer. Again, I was hit with more bad news and I was either going to give up or continue the business and continue is what I did. Before Christmas I had my double mastectomy, I healed and recovered and am currently going through my chemotherapy treatments. Despite all the challenges I am facing, I am truly grateful for this business. It is my saving grace.

What is the best gift you have given someone?
Time, giving people your time shows what really matters. You don't know what they are going through, so you’re there to listen and show that you genuinely care.

Who inspires you?

My mum who forever prays for my health, family and my business and always shows me support. She encourages and motivates me to strive to be abetter person. My family always respects the time I put into my business. I do this for them.

What does Crowd1 mean to you?

Crowd1 has helped me grow within the business despite my health and challenges I face, I continue to learn from my leaders and team and to never give up, so that I am able to help others. I love this community, and even though we are all from different teams, everyone comes together to help and support each other: one team, one dream.