After Dinner

Simon is an advertising guru and self made millionaire who was featured on Channel 9 as one of Australia’s youngest successful business people. Siimon has won almost every major advertising award in the world for creative thinking and was previously the Executive Director of John Singleton Advertising. Simon presents the four character traits of all successful business people and has recently completed writing his fourth book.

Simon is a down to earth and popular MC, experienced television presenter and voice-over artist.

Well known TV personality and presenter, Simon also works with the Variety Club of New Zealand.

Sir Brian has made a significant contribution to the sport of rugby as a player, coach, and administrator at both a national and international level. He and went on to play 25 tests for New Zealand; 18 as Captain, with just three losses, and scored 21 points.

His coaching and motivation of the World Champion Seven's side made him a legend in the sport. He has four Commonwealth Games Gold Medals to prove it!

Sir Ray Avery was named the Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year 2010. The award recognises Kiwis who make a major contribution to the nation and inspire through their achievements. He was awarded the Sir Peter Blake medal for leadership in the same year. In 2011, Sir Ray was named “most trusted person” in New Zealand.

Steve is a NZ international adventure racer and well known as that “Crazy Coast to Coast Guy” and has the nick name GOONey – Goons for short. He has raced the Coast to Coast 15 times and has won it a record 9 times (a record 6 consecutively).

Stu Wilson is a well known former All Black and sports commentator.

Against all the odds he took the New Zealand Tall Black Basketball Team into world prominence in the World Championships in USA in 2002. Tab then signed a contract with Basketball New Zealand to stay in New Zealand and coach for the next 4 years. What was his secret weapon for getting such performances from his players.

One of New Zealand’s most successful professional athletes, he has been recognised with many accolades, including being named 3 times in the Rugby League World XIII as the best lock in the world. As a businessman Tawera is a very successful property investor. He is also a director of a training company. He had his leg amputated below the knee after a motorcycle accident and competed at the Paralympics.

Tim is a real character and an entertaining speaker. As one of New Zealand’s best know personalities, former concrete contractor Tim Shadbolt caused quite a stir in 1983 when he was elected Mayor of Invercargill and remains in office to this day. Tim’s innovative and creative marketing has attracted investment and people to Invercargill. Share the marketing know-how in a humorous presentation from the man who though often controversial, relates to the heart of New Zealanders.

Evening Post cartoonist and writer, Tom Scott is a satirical cartoonist, columnist and entertaining speaker who pokes fun at political and topical issues.

is a powerful motivational speaker, stockbroker and businessman. He inspires audiences with his passion for achieving against adversity. Crippled at birth and battling dyslexia throughout his childhood, he beat horrendous odds to win numerous national dance titles as a teenager before becoming New Zealand’s first male tap dancing teacher and has recently set a Guinness world record as the fastest tap dancer in the world.

Tony’s topic “How the Hell did that Happen?” is described as a no-nonsense, common-sense, roller-coaster ride of adventure, fun, intrigue, mystery, and if time permits, a little bit of travel. His message of “if an ordinary guy like me can do this, just imagine what you can do” is hugely entertaining and empowering to all audience types.

South African born, and now New Zealand citizen, comic Urzila Carlson took to the stage for the first time in 2008 and has since racked up an impressive array of awards for her stand up including ‘Best Female Comedian’ at the 2010, 2011, 2012 & 2013 NZ Comedy Guild Awards and the coveted TV3 People's Choice Award at the 2013 New Zealand International Comedy Festival.

Vic Hewson was Chief Inspector, Wellington with the New Zealand Police for 25 years. He then moved on to the New Zealand Fire Service as General Manager Human Resources and Marketing. Vic has held various senior positions in large organisations, leadership in operational roles, development of executive leadership programmes, organisational development especially changing organisation culture, mentoring Senior Managers, public speaking, training and development and project management. As an influencer of people he brings energy and an infectious enthusiasm that motivates people to work towards new goals out of a sense of commitment.

Specialising in visual merchandising training and seminars and used by the Retail Merchants Association and many retailers in their quest for new and innovative ideas. Vince specialises in visual display design, store window display, display seminars, exhibitions and signs and is a ‘hands on’ practical presenter. He travels throughout the country for individuals companies and in-house staff training, showing simple ideas and the tricks of the trade.

A master educator, his teaching style is engaging, practical, human and powerful. World leading management thinkers such as Stephen Covey and Edward de Bono praise his work.

Greg Ward and Brett Tutheridge New Zealand's premier after dinner entertainment. They have a number of different shows to entertain and delight conference or event guests

After graduating from university, Warren owned and ran a small chain of successful surf shops. He then went to Fletcher Challenge, where he ran their Gib Franchise, then to Burger King NZ as Country Manager before returning to Fletcher's as GM for Hire A Hubby. Warren first came across Hell Pizza when he ordered in one day. He approached the two owners and offered his services as a partner to help them franchise. They sold it in 2006, but have since bought it back.

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