After Dinner

Born and bred in the back blocks of the Wanganui District, Glen has grown up understanding that to achieve anything you had to work. Glen used these strengths, learnt as a young country lad, to succeed in the rugby world.

Commonwealth Games shot put champion, policewoman, media consultant, investigative journalist, TV frontperson and producer, talkback host and board member.

This man is legendary for his forward thinking visionary ideas. Still at the forefront of technology and in demand throughout the world, Gordon has had amazing foresight into the shape of things to come in the future both in the business and educational sectors. Few people have packed as much experience into their lives as Gordon Dryden. - He worked on the documentary “Where to Now” which looked at problems of the future in work, education, health etc.

Graeme has faced and won some big challenges. Graeme is now in a wheelchair but is still producing television programmes. A really nice guy with fascinating stories of fishing, bear hunting etc

Tetraplegic, recently named Aucklander of the Year 2005, foot and mouth artist, paralympic rugby coach and amazing achiever despite his handicaps.

Grant is an announcer and creative director for a radio station in Queenstown and is an excellent master of ceremonies.

Shortland St actor, Master of Ceremonies, and theatresports actor.

Greg Murphy is best known as a four-time winner of the Bathurst 1000, winning in 1996, 1999, 2003 and 2004 and held the fastest lap record at Mt Panorama for 7 years.

With a background in business, acting, and musical performance, Greg is the consummate professional, regularly receiving outstanding feedback and multiple repeat bookings. A popular MC for conferences, awards events, gala dinners and exhibitions throughout New Zealand and Australia, Greg tailors his skills to suit each specific event.

When the brilliant writer and philosophy student’s marriage broke up, he turned to heroin, and was imprisoned as punishment for a series of toy gun robberies that earned him the name “Gentleman Bandit”. In July 1980 he escaped from Victoria’s maximum-security prison in broad daylight, thereby becoming one of Australia’s most wanted men for what turned out to be the next ten years. After some startling adventures and escapes in New Zealand, Greg travelled to Bombay, India, where he set up a free health clinic in the slums, acted in Bollywood movies, worked for the Bombay mafia as a forger, counterfeiter, and smuggler and, as a gunrunner, resupplied a unit of mujaheddin guerrilla fighters in Afghanistan. He was captured in Germany in 1990 and, as Australia’s Most Wanted, imprisoned with Europe’s most notorious terrorists. After being extradited to Australia, he completed his prison sentence, established a small multi-media company, and is now a full-time writer living in Melbourne. Greg’s novel, 'Shantaram', based on his wild and wicked life, has been described as a masterpiece. The Hollywood movie version of the novel is set to begin in 2005 starring Johnny Depp.

As one of the most capped All Blacks ever (79 tests) Ian is one of New Zealand rugby’s greatest ever locks. He spent 3 years in the United Kingdom and now works as a comments man for Sky Television. Ian is an articulate and entertaining speaker.

South African. Really different. Ian has observed lions in the wild and the way they operate in their pride and relates this to the similarities to humans in the workplace.

James Castrission and Justin Jones earnt their place in history, when they became the first people to successfully kayak 3318km across the treacherous Tasman Sea. Staggering upon the shores of New Zealand the adventurers were sun-burnt, bearded, underweight, physically and mentally wasted … and most of all happy to be alive.

Jason was a Super 12 rugby player whose story makes compelling listening. It tells of the courage and strength an individual can find when life deals out some cruel blows. Jason tells his story – as a professional rugby player who suffers the worst of all injuries, a broken neck. Listen as he begins a new career as a policeman – and then has to face life threatening brain surgery.

Most well known as a Television Presenter, Jason Gunn was also the host of ‘The Rich List’, ‘Wheel of Fortune’ and the front man for ‘Dancing with the Stars’ for five years. He is also an actor, a musical entertainer, celebrity and motivational speaker.

Jeremy is a star of the New Zealand stand up comedy circuit. A nominee for the Billy T Comedy awards in 2001, Jeremy was awarded Best Male Comedian at the 2002 NZ Comedy Guild Awards. In 2005 Jeremy was awarded Best MC and Best Industry Friend for his services to colleagues.

A former PR professional, Jesse is a popular MC choice thanks to his corporate-friendly wit and charm; he's hosted some of New Zealand's most prestigious awards ceremonies and continues to receive fantastic feedback from clients across a range of industries.

Still one of the best after dinner speakers and Master of Ceremonies around with his intellectual, satirical wit. Jim makes a great effort to tailor his address to suit your people.

Jimi has some interesting stories, not only about depression, but more importantly about achieving your goals (he did build the World's Biggest Waterslide) and living more awesome. He inspires people to get up, get out and get stuff done. Everyone is capable of leading an amazing life, you just have to flip the switch and decide that from today on everything is going to be amazing. He has spoken at launches, conferences, fundraisers and more.

Prolific columnist and writer of books written in his inimitiable comic style.

John Anderson is one of those people you meet that is inspiring, humourous and you remember his story long after you have heard it. You will find him funny, interesting and astute.

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