After Dinner

From Masterton to Monaco on a motorbike is a long tough ride. Aaron competed in 229 World Superbike races and has stood on the World Superbike podium 87 times. He also won the gruelling Suzuka 8 hour endurance race three times in a row and that has set a record for the most consecutive wins in this important race in Japan. The journey to the top of the World Superbike racing world was an improbable one, made possible by sheer grit to overcome all obstacles in his path.

Former ballroom dancing champion and judge on Dancing with the Stars and presenter on Good Morning, Alison is now a 10.00-2.00pm host on a popular radio station.

Allan Pease talks about relationships and communication. He teaches simple, field-tested skills and techniques that work. And he delivers his message in a humorous way, which motivates people to want to use these ideas immediately

For 10 months he was trapped by crushing ice. For 5 months he endured soul-destroying solitude. For 3 months he lived in total darkness. For 1 hour he will have you on the edge of your seat. Explorers are a special breed of people blessed with courage, determination and an instinct for survival.

Andrew Clay is one of New Zealand’s best stand up comedians, and he should be, he’s be doing it for longer than just about anybody else. He first stood on a comedy stage at the Sydney Comedy Store in 1990 having left his comfortable career as a sales rep his home town of Auckland. For the next 4 and half years he learnt his craft in the unforgiving world of the Australian Stand Up Comedy scene often battling drunken yobbos, halfwit hecklers and disinterested bar patrons who just wanted to watch the footy …. and that was usually just the management

A born leader and very successful former All Black captain and player, Andy has combined the skills he learned on the rugby field with his business acumen.

Andy Haden was a leading figure in organising the 1986 Cavaliers tour. Haden also continues to play, being the driving force behind the “Classic All Blacks” who won the World Rugby Classic tournament in Bermuda for four years running. He also manages a very successful celebrity management service.

Andy has speed in his blood. Both his father and grandfather were powerboat champions. Andy prefers the track to the water, but racing is most definitely in his blood!

Ant Williams is recognized as one of the best free divers in the world. Ant can hold his breath for 7 1/2 minutes - in the ocean he can dive deeper than 225 feet on a single breath and in a pool he can swim 200 meters without breathing.

Entertaining life experiences that demonstrate the sacrifices needed for success. Former NZ netball player.

World Champion Board sailor and Olympic Gold Medallist Barbara Kendall won a gold medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, silver medal in 1996 (in Atlanta, Georgia), and a bronze medal in 2000 (in Sydney). She then finished finished 5th at the 2004 Games in Athens and sixth at the 2008 Games in Beijing. She is the first and only woman from New Zealand to compete at 5 Olympic Games. In 2009 Barbara was runner up in Dancing with the Stars and in 2010 she announced her retirement from boardsailing.

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 nearly 50 years, with over 30 of them spent in the Parliamentary Press Gallery, making him the longest serving member of the gallery and the country’s most experienced political broadcast journalist.

Bill is a journalist, broadcaster, and media personality, active in television, radio and print. He has worked as a political correspondent, fronted the television arts show Backch@t, and was the head of news and current affairs at TVNZ from 2003 to 2007.

Billy travelled the world for many years as a professional shearer and was involved in a World Record 20 years ago which still stands today, (shearing 675 sheep in one day).

Billy Graham's presentations are 'punchy', 'lively' and 'fun'. He is full of energy and his humourous presentations are always memorable.

Brendhan is a favourite on the NZ Comedy Circuit and a much-loved regular headliner and host at The Classic.

Few speakers offer the dynamic versatility of Brett Rutledge and the ability to be equally effective in both the business speaking and entertainment roles. Brett has a separate profile for his public speaking

Brian Edwards has been an intellectual provocateur since he first came to prominence on New Zealand television in the sixties. He is a broadcaster probably best known for his National Radio’s “Top of the Morning” show, is an author and was host of the TV Show ‘Give us a Clue’. Brian now runs a media-training consultancy with his wife, writer Judy Callingham and was the author of Prime Minister Helen Clark’s book.

The former captain of the All Blacks still has a high profile from his battle with cancer, his charity appearances and his work with prostate cancer awareness.

One of the biggest challenges facing millions of people daily is getting out of bed in the morning and looking forward to going to work. A lot of people go through the motions to fulfill a function, to earn some dollars, to live a life. We all know that there is more. The key is finding it. It’s having the positive mindset in the first instance then the motivation and confidence to seek.

One of the founder members of Theatresports, Clare is hugely talented and lots of fun.

Darryl has been wowing corporate, theatrical and event audiences for over 20 years with his powerful voice and charisma. Having a truly talented singer who can perform in almost any musical style and also skilfully MC an event is a sure-fire way to keep your guests well entertained.

In 1996 David became the first New Zealander to ever win the prestigious Toastmasters World Champion of Public Speaking title. David is an entertaining, motivational speaker.

Wellington based Denise Carnihan is living proof that ideas borne on a whim, can rapidly become reality. Little did she know that what started as her son’s school project on ‘family origins’ would result in visiting her newly discovered family in South Africa in 2009, and lead her and her family on a completely different life journey, culminating in her and her husband building a fully functioning school in a poor region of Nairobi, Kenya in 2011.

Dick Tayler has an inspirational story with amusing anecdotes and poignant messages.

Dillon played over 100 games for the NZ Mens Basketball Team (Tall Blacks) between 1989 and 2008. These include an Olympics, a Commonwealth Games and three World Championship including the memorable tournament in 2002 where NZ finished fourth. He has had 16 international tours with the team. With the NZ Breakers he has won the NBL three years in a row from 2010-11 through to 2012-13.

Eric has balanced his distinguished and highly successful rugby career with goals off the field. He completed a Bachelor of Law degree and was admitted to the Bar as a Barrister. He worked for seven years in Corporate Law before devoting himself full time to his rugby career. At the same time, he has continued to pursue other business interests and investments. Eric has strong leadership skills and is a highly rated speaker.

Geoff has established himself as an extraordinary conference and product host, as either an MC or character facilitator. He has the ability to add energy to those long presentations through ‘ice-breaker’ interludes, team building activities, and his interaction between you and your venue personnel.

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.

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