After Dinner

Li Cunxin (pron “Lee Schwunsin”) is a remarkable man borne of a remarkable story. He is a very special speaker who talks passionately and most modestly about his achievements.

For over twenty years she worked at TVNZ as a newsreader and weather presenter.

Mark taught middle and senior English for 5 years before deciding to follow his heart into performance.

Martin hosts his own sports radio show, was a regular panellist on "Game of Two Halves" and in 2010 hosted TVNZ's coverage of the Football World Cup in South Africa and in 2011 was named Sports Broadcaster of the Year.

Martin Snedden is an in demand keynote speaker, sharing his internationally acclaimed success story from the RWC 2011.

Former Maori All Black and NZ Sevens Rugby Captain, Matua is also a commentator on Maori Televisions "Code" . Owner of the most famous dreads in rugby.

Michael Laws has had a varied career as an MP, a mayor, a radio host, an author of three books and a columnist. Sometimes controversial, always honest - Michael calls it as he sees it.

Tourism Entrepreneur- founder of Tamaki Maori Village, which is now a family run business that employs 120 staff turning over in excess of $10 million. In 1998 Tamaki Maori Village was the Overall Supreme Tourism Award Winner at the NZ Tourism Awards.

Murray Deaker's direct and sometimes controversial style has won him many awards including the Best Sports Presenter at the Radio Awards seven times and was a finalist on 10 other occasions.

On December 26th 1998, 114 Yachts left Sydney harbour in the annual Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race- only 44 finished. Of the remaining vessels, 12 yachts were abandoned, 5 yachts sank, 6 men lost their lives and over 50 yachtsmen had to be winched to safety. The event is recognised as one of the worst Maritime disasters in Australian history. Peter Davidson, paramedic aboard the first rescue helicopter to reach survivors, talks about what it took to rescue men from the stricken vessels in the midst of some of the worst conditions in sailing history

Peter Lester is a New Zealand yachting personality - first as a succesful sailor and more recently as a commentator.

Best known for his hosting role in Sports Cafe, Ric is now a television producer of The Crowd Goes Wild.

Sir Richard Hadlee is undoubtedly one of the world's leading fast bowlers and once held the world record for the most test wickets.

As a high profile radio personality for nearly 30 years, the Voice of Waikato Stadium and over 20 years in the entertainment industry fronting events, Ronny has everything you need to M.C. your next function.

One of the most successful All Black Captains, credited by most with the leadership abilities that made the All Blacks the great team they were when they won the World Cup.

Simon “Swampy” Marsh was one of the original owners of More FM. He was part of a small group of committed broadcasting business people who did not consider failure.

Gliding over the finish line at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Games saw Steven’s name etched into the history books. Skating in the 1000m final and in fifth place, the unthinkable happened. The race favourite and the other three skaters ahead of Steven, fell in a tangle of skates and arms and legs on the ice. Leaving the path clear for Steven, he glided across the finish line in first place and became the first ever Australian to win a Winter Olympic Gold Medal!

The “Power of Commitment” enabled Tony Mowbray to become the fastest Australian to sail solo non stop and unassisted around the world. A record-breaking 180-day adventure that required total focus and unswerving self-belief. It also gave Tony the opportunity to “Look It In The Eye” when he finished some unfinished business in the 2001 Sydney to Hobart yacht classic. Tony and his crew on board “Solo Globe Challenger” were part of the 1998 Sydney to Hobart fleet, which encountered the worst race conditions on record. Little did Tony know that within 24 hours of the start he and his crew would be fighting a 15-hour battle of life or death – nature was asking them to reach further within themselves than they ever had before. “Solo Globe Challenger” surfed down the face of a 60-foot wave upside down after a monumental knock down. In 160 km/hr winds Tony “could see and smell death in the water”. As Tony says “the devil took me by the hand and led me to the edge of a huge precipice and made me stand there on tippy toes for 15 hours – he allowed me to walk away but tragically 6 men died throughout that afternoon and the next day”. The fight for life was won but Tony’s dream of sailing around the world was shattered. His boat was all but a wreck as he was physically and mentally. Within 4 months Tony’s spirit had reignited the flame of a solo world circumnavigation. His boat was rebuilt and he left Australia in search of some answers.

This super motivated woman is a mum to 4 children – two with cystic fibrosis who constantly need medical and hospital treatment. In 2002 she ‘hit the wall’. She was hugely overweight and suffering from ‘chronic sorrow’ where a person lives with someone else’s illness on a daily basis. She joined a gym and read an advertisement for a ‘Special K’ Triathlon and that changed her life.

Yvonne has experience at the coalface of every facet of business. Her business leadership and personal stamina are evident having built an international business from scratch, and maintained it for 3 decades.

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