Ginette started her career with her infamous Lyn of Tawa, went on to be a successful actress and television producer and is now a great commentator on life in NZ.
A great speaker and a really nice person, Keith has watched the rise and fall of many of our sporting teams during his years as a sports commentator for Olympic and Commonwealth Games.
Of “Fair Go” fame, Kevin has many amusing anecdotal experiences of his dealings over the years with different consumer related problems.
Sophisticated multi-cultural comedy on topical issues.
Alister Brown - chef, TV presenter, writer and Wellington restaurant-owner - is one of the best known faces of New Zealand cuisine. With his Wellington business partner restauranteur Steve Logan, Brown has been co-owner of the capital’s celebrated Logan Brown Restaurant & Bar since 1996. Logan Brown received New Zealand’s highest restaurant honour - Cuisine Restaurant of the Year - in 2009.
He's been in Parliament longer than all of them so he's earned the right to be irreverent! Barry has been a journalist for 35 years, with the past 24 spent in the Parliamentary Press Gallery, making him the longest serving member of the gallery and the country’s most experienced political broadcast journalist. Barry came to the gallery as political editor for private radio but during his time has made frequent appearances on television commenting on politics.
Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2000, Bill started out as a scuba diving instructor, then began taking underwater commercial jobs. Before long Bill had so much work he bought a dive support vessel and in 1983 launched his shipping company Seaworks. Bill has found a niche market and developed a highly successful maritime service business. An innovative and entrepreneurial businessman as well as adventurer.
Billy Graham's presentations are 'punchy', 'lively' and 'fun'. He is full of energy and his humourous presentations are always memorable.
Brian entered his first “Stars in your Eyes” competition in 1992 in Wellington which he won, In 1993 he entered another “Stars in your Eyes” Competition which he was fortunate enough to win also. In 1995 this led Brian to go to Rotorua and enter the “Search for Australasia’s Best Elvis Impersonator”. His dreams all came true, Brian won the competition and was soon on his way to Memphis, Tennessee to see the home of Elvis Presley, Gracelands.
Colin James is a political journalist of more than 30 years experience and political columnist of the year in 2003. He has correctly forecast which party would be or lead the government after 12 of the past 13 elections.
Dave is a Wellington based humorous performer/newspaper columnist with a glittering background in revue, television writing and performing. Dave has had a most varied acting, writing and performing carer over the last few decades on various revue productions at university and Downstage/Circa/opera house theatres
Whether she is singing a slow sultry ballad or belting out a swinging blues, you are in no doubt that Erna is giving the song her utmost.
Ganesh is a regular commentator on the New Zealand economy for various media and oversees production of BERL Birds Eye View, which assess the New Zealand economy’s outlook.
Gareth is involved in producing the firm's regular forecasts and news analysis service, providing regular updates on trends in economic data for clients. He also regularly does presentations to clients on the economic outlook relevant to their industry.
Dr Morgan is also a well-known columnist and for the last ten years has contributed weekly columns to newspapers including the National Business Review, The New Zealand Herald, The Evening Post and Unlimited. He is also a television debater and a sought-after conference speaker. He recently returned from a fascinating journey, retracing Marco Polo’s trek ‘the Silk Road’.
She was born in Zimbabwe and has lived in England, Norway, South Africa and now New Zealand. Getrude is an African poet, an artist, a self published author, an entrepreneur and the founding director of three successful companies in New Zealand. She has an extraordinary ability to manifest her dreams into reality and has the Midas touch as everything she touches turns to gold. Her presentations have drawn hundreds at recent engagements.She works exceptionally hard to tailor every speech to the situation and the personalities involved.
Well known Wellington radio announcer and former Lotto presenter. One of New Zealand’s most professional Master of Ceremonies.
Former head of TVNZ after a long career in the media.
Chairman of the Securities Commission, also Chairman of the Executive Committee of the International Organisation of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) . She is an officer of the General Division of the order of Australia and was honoured for her services to business and commerce, to public administration and to the community.
Several of these companies have grown to be international with significant operations outside New Zealand. Jenny is a chairman and director on several boards and past directorships include amongst others NZ Trade & Enterprise, Trust Bank NZ Ltd, AgResearch Ltd, The Rural Bank and NZ Rail Ltd. She has been a member of the Council of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand, the New Zealand Arts Council, and the Government's ICT Taskforce. She is Chairman of the Hi Tech Association which organises the Hi Tech Awards in New Zealand and a Trustee of the Jayar Charitable Trust. Prior to No 8 Ventures, Jenny’s background was in investment banking, including setting up Morel & Co Ltd, an investment bank which specialised in technology companies.
He’s grown his Wellington-based team tenfold and proceeded to earn some major awards. These include the Merino New Zealand Inaugural Innovation Award 1996, Tradenz Entrepreneur Scholarship 1997, Ernst and Young Inaugural Young Entrepreneur of the Year 1998, Wellington Gold Award: ‘Rising Gold’ for best small business in the region 2001 and Finalist ISPO Brand new Award: best new sportswear or outdoor brand in Europe 2001. Jeremy's presentation topics include export market development, innovation, branding, marketing and innovative management.
A man of many words - when it comes to sport - John has been a prominent sports commentator for nearly thirty years. He began his impressive rugby commentating career at Carisbrook in Dunedin in the late 70's, and then, on shifting to Wellington, he became the country's top commentator with Radio New Zealand. A move to TVNZ in late 1992 saw him form a formidable and popular partnership with Keith Quinn, which continued through till the last rugby World Cup.
Jude Ellis has always been a keen sports fan and has represented her country in two different spots – rowing and women’s rugby. Jude was 21 when she first picked up an oar and was in her second year at Lincoln University. Once she discovered rowing she was hooked, and went on to represent New Zealand in three World Championships.
A sports psychologist and executive development consultant, Lawrence has been successful working in the areas of organisational psychology, organisational behaviour, systems thinking and accelerated learning.
Linda Clark was one of New Zealand’s most influential journalists and interviewers when in 2006 she retired from Radio New Zealand’s Nine to Noon programme to take up studying for a law degree. A long time political editor, she is still in demand as a political commentator. These days she combines part-time study and working as a consultant with work at one of Wellington’s largest public law firms. Her clients include some of the country's biggest corporates and state owned enterprises.
‘The Minstrel’ has been a full time professional singer and songwriter for many years. He started in pubs and clubs but now works exclusively for corporate clients. As an entertainer he specialises in music from the 60’s and 70’s and his material includes quiet background ambient music (Simon & Garfunkel, Cat Stevens etc) through to full-blown dance music. He is recognised for his “sweet” vocals and he has sophisticated backing on mini disc so he sounds like a full band.
Meet a man who really believes business must become more creative and who encourages business folks to rethink their parameters by taking on conventions and orthodoxies.