Mr Marks is 60 years old and is of English and Māori descent (Ngāti Raukawa). He was taken into care at the age of 8, and experienced serious physical, sexual and psychological abuse in multiple care settings: Epuni, Campbell Park School, Lookout Point, Hokio, Holdsworth, Lake Alice, Ōwairaka and Kohitere. He spent excessive periods locked in solitary confinement from the age of 8, experienced racism, had exessive physical training as punishment and was placed on a trial of amphetamine drugs while in care. He received scant education and was illiterate when he was discharged as a State ward. He will give evidence of the impacts of abuse, including subsequent criminal offending and his inability to pursue meaningful vocations due to his lack of education and admissions to Lake Alice.