After Dinner

Mark Wright's experience both as an actor and comedian is extensive. He has performed with leading theatre companies on radio and in film. Mark’s television credits include Laugh Inz, the Billy T James Show and all the “Issues” series. As National Theatresports Champion for 5 years, he has represented New Zealand in international competition.

Host of the ITM Fishing Show and famous for catching very large fish from very small vessels, Matt Watson has appeared on the David Letterman Show, 60 Minutes and BBC World amongst other shows.

Matthew has had more than his share of challenges. His recipe for success is not complex – a forward focused positive attitude and a lot of determination.

Michelle was CEO of Unichem for several years and then had an exciting role with Carat, a media /marketing agency. She is now Ceo of VISIQUE. Branding, marketing and particularly marketing analysis.

In a career spanning more than 25 years Mike McRoberts is best known for his reporting from some of the world’s most dangerous places.

Miles has been punched by Joe Frazier, hugged by Pavarotti, and thrown out of sports stadia around the world. On the down side, he is also a Pom with an opinion on everything.

For team leader Nigel Cherrie, rowing into Auckland City on 20 January 2011 wasn't just the culmination of a two-month adventure on the Tasman Sea, it was the finish line of a five year journey to achieve a great life-changing goal. Nigel, with team-mates James Blake and Andrew McCowan, passed under the Auckland Harbour Bridge 55 days and two hours after leaving Australia- a 3,300km human-powered voyage. The team endured almost a month of torrid weather on the Tasman Sea, spending approximately 27 days at sea anchor as their 10.5m boat, The Moana, was tossed around by 4-6m seas and winds reaching 50 knots. But the perseverance required to cross the Tasman by oar power and eat cold food when they ran out of gas, was fuelled by five years of pursuing the dream, raising the sponsorship, building a team and overcoming every hurdle imaginable just to cross the Sydney Harbour start line.

Paddy O'Brien is NZ's most capped test referee. He refereed for 20 years and is currently the most experienced referee on the world refereeing panel.

Pat Mesiti has been dubbed "Mr. Motivation". And for good reason! He isn't just a speaker - he is a performer. Pat Mesiti comes to life when he sets foot on stage. His energy is incredible, drawing in crowds of thousands. Pat Mesiti's enthusiasm combined with his great sense of humour gives him the ability to move an audience into action as well as give them practical resources to help them achieve their goals. He is a gifted communicator and will add enormous value to any event you are organising. Dynamic - Entertaining – Unforgettable

He is a self-confessed sports fanatic whose life has centred around sport.

Well known for his quick mind and charm as a Master of Ceremonies and Feature Act Comedian, Paul began his stand-up comedy career in London in 1994. His first award was many years earlier when he won a talent quest at age 14. His second came almost 20 years later when he won the Billy T James Comedy Award.

Outstanding Olympic medal winning canoeist, and motivational speaker.

Founder of internationally successful brands Snowy Peak, Untouched World and MERINOMINK, will share her secrets behind her success, including the strategies she employed to position her brand globally, as well as the challenges and opportunities she has faced along the way

Peter takes his audience on a journey through the experiences that have seen him witness more death and destruction than many care to imagine. He demonstrates that within disaster management there are many valuable lessons for business and individuals alike. He shares his many heart wrenching stories of dealing with families, meeting Prime Ministers and will provide you with a measure for clarity of purpose like no other you have heard before! Peter has founded an orphanage for the children survivors of the Bali Disaster.

Brilliant visionary with an enormous background in futures planning, technology, the environment and planning. One of the areas that businesses don’t spend a lot of time on is the future and this is where we will spend the rest of our lives. ?????????????Ian takes an inspiring and practical look at our future. He assists Governments, corporations, trade union, professional and community organisations and educational institutions to prepare their organisations and programmes to meet the requirements of the coming decades and to develop appropriate strategic thinking and be adaptable in order to meet unforeseeable demands.

Peter began his career in Stand-up comedy and has kept the faith ever since, performing to great acclaim in the Auckland and Wellington Comedy Festivals in 2005 and 2009. In his work as a Corporate entertainer Peter brings his political antennae and comedic writing - as well as his proven abilities as a character actor. !

One of Australia’s very best raconteurs, he captivates audiences within minutes then keeps them hooked and laughing right through to the end. Highly intelligent and absolutely focused, Peter draws on his own stories as well as those of many international leaders of business, government and sport to tailor and deliver presentations that inspire and entertain.

From Real Training – Harcourts have worked with him in the past.

Peter is doing amazing work with The Achilles Track Club – coaching athletes with disabilities. He took 40 disabled athletes to do the New York Marathon last year. Their attitudes to their disabilities and their lives are amazing and an inspiration to all. Peter gives a very motivating address.

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