Ngahihi has worked as a manager for an oil company, a secondary school teacher, an academic adviser and a senior manager in the tertiary education sector. He has multiple degrees including a marketing degree and Master of Education with honours. He believes the most important resource in organisations are their people. “If people feel valued and are appropriately developed their continued contribution is priceless. What is the most important thing? It is people, people, people. I help organisations to develop their people.”
With a BA in Psychology and Post Graduate Diploma in Communication Management and Public Relations, Nic has helped audiences to face their fears and reach goals they thought impossible.
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.
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
Paul's presentations contain both motivational and educational aspects in equal parts. Ten years of real estate practice in London formed the basis of Paul's motivation, coaching and speaking career in New Zealand. More than two decades in the sales, goal setting and motivational fields have given him a keen understanding of personal achievement and business success.
Once the stereotypical marketing man – busy, overweight, stressed. You name it, that was him ! Then not long after his 40th Birthday – fast paced living caught up. Paul was diagnosed with terminal Bowel Cancer and given 6 months to live Describing it then as the “Wake up call from Hell” – he now refers to his Cancer diagnosis as a gift that saved his life.
An amazing lady with a story of courage and fortitude and amazing achievement. Pauline entered the convent at the age of 17 and at the age of 29 found herself back within the secular world, having to begin her life all over again. Her daughter Mary had a stroke whilst still at primary school and Pauline talks about the effect that had on her and on Mary’s siblings. Whilst visiting Mary in Tauranga hospital she met a severely disabled man who changed her life. Her recent book and play ‘500 Letters’ tells the story of her 17-year friendship with him.
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
Ralph specialises in the science of success. He has extensive experience in business and a background in psychology and journalism with Television New Zealand and the BBC. He is an inspirational and motivational speaker, with substance. Your attendees will leave your conference with simple, practical ideas they can use.
Acclaimed All Whites Coach and one of the stars of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
Rob Hamill is a master of his mind, he will share and delight your audience with his stories of goal setting, planning, commitment and persistence.
Rob has won 29 international gold medals including eight Paralympic gold medals, and has set 22 world records. He has cycled around Europe; driven a racing car at high speed at Brands Hatch; he’s skied on snow and on water and played golf, football and cricket. He believes your attitude to life dictates your outcome. He's not blind; it’s just that he can't see!
Our own Halberg Sportsman of the Year and winner of three world rowing titles, Rob then became a grinder for Team New Zealand. Amazing sporting and academic achievements which culminated in his Beijing Olympics bid in the double sculls. During his years rowing Rob also achieved a Bachelor of Management Studies with honours at Waikato University. Rob is an excellent role model who has clearly demonstrated the benefits of applying his management and planning skills, and what can be achieved through preparation, training and determination.
Sam Johnson is the founder of Christchurch's 9,000 strong Student Volunteer Army (SVA), an elected member of the Riccarton/Wigram Community Board and is in his penultimate year studying law and political science at the University of Canterbury.
World champion cyclist and Gold Medalist at the Athens Olympics, Sarah has what it takes to persist and achieve your goals.
In 1977 Colin Quincey, Shaun’s father became the first man to row solo from New Zealand to Australia taking a grueling 63 days and 7 hours. In March 2010 Shaun stepped up to be the second man in history and first to row from Australia to New Zealand to conquer the Tasman Sea. Shaun’s epic voyage took 2 years of planning and 54 days of rowing in the world’s most dangerous ocean departing from Coffs Harbor and narrowly hitting the northern tip of ninety mile beach.
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.
Sue coaches achievers from around the world in identifying the keys and strategies to acquire the success, performance and happiness they desire. She shows people that success is not luck, it’s about using your internal and external resources to bridge the gap between where you are and where you want to be. She works as a seminar leader and elite success coach and frequently speaks on the international speaking circuit, helping organisations, companies and achievers in NZ, Asia, USA and UK improve their performance and results.
Winner of the New Zealand Young Executive of the Year, Southlander of the Year, Direct Marketer of the Year finalist and winner of the World Young Business Achievers award in Beijing China. And that’s just some of the recognition received for this inspiring New Zealander’s dynamic approach to life and business.
For 7 years until 2007 Theresa was CEO and Managing Director of Telecom New Zealand, a telecommunications business operating in New Zealand and Australia and listed on the NZX, ASX and NYSE. During her tenure as CEO she led Telecom through world-changing technology developments and the evolution of the business from a traditional telco to the number one IT provider in New Zealand. She is currently Chair of Wool Partners International.
Founder of 7 successful start up companies including medical clinics, internet software companies and car fairs. As a medical student he ran the first student owned tutoring service and also the first car fair in the South Island. He was the founding medical director of Taranaki’s first accident and medical clinic – White Cross. He did the first on line patient consultation in the world using the Internet. He has won a number of academic awards and won four different Chamber of Commerce business awards. He is the author of the book “Healthy Thinking, Your Prescription for Success”, which examines attitudes in personal and business life.
Tom Sharplin is one of New Zealand’s most renowned rock legends. Tom made his mark on the Kiwi music scene in the early 1970’s and has since been regarded as one of the most authentic rockers of his time.
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.
The Scaffolding which Tony scales to present from are a stunning start to the roller coaster of emotions which Tony takes you through ,you will LAUGH you will CRY and you NEVER FORGET TONY CHRISTIANSEN!!
Nine 'start up' companies in 16 years has got to come with some great stories! It comes with some scars too. Troy's experience in business and marketing, has given him the opportunity to address many small business, franchise and multi national groups around the world on a range of business topics. He has been Co-Host on ‘Inside Franchising’, a national TV show on Network Ten which delivers news, views and stories from the franchise community. His keynote and workshop presentations contain a combination of the information he has collected from some of the planets brightest and most successful business people, and lessons learnt from his own businesses over the last twenty years. Troy has joined Channel 9’s newest national business show, ‘Don’t Come Monday’ as the resident business expert.
Co-director of Improv Solutions, experiential training company and director of Covert Entertainment a comedy theatre production company. Speaker and entertainer who has appeared many times on national television and radio and has featured in every major newspaper and magazine in New Zealand including Unlimited and NZ Marketing Magazine. He brings an amazing wealth of life experience to all his presentations.
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.
Several times each year he talks to Bachelor of Nursing students. All of his presentations are either on advertising (Not-for-Profit related), communication theory, direct-marketing, or, what some people may find a strange combination, social science. But that's what affected his life. Of course he also talks about stroke (CVA). As his stroke affected his life in a major way. Whoever the audience, he fine-tunes his presentations to their requirements.
Ten years later Yossi returned to the Amazon and made it his home. Working with indigenous forest dwellers for three years they built Cha-la-lan, a model eco-tourism village that inspired the entire Amazon basin and the world. The following decade of his life he dedicated to the treatment and rehabilitation of opiate addicts around the world.
As a professional speaker she focuses on Generation Y, teaching companies how to get the best from their young workforce. Most Gen Y ‘experts’ talk about the ‘them and us’ phenomenon, and theorise about this generation’s thoughts and attitudes. Zuza doesn’t speak from theory, she knows about Gen Y because she IS Gen Y. She knows the topic from the inside out, she lives and breathes it, she understands their thinking, their ideas and their motivations because they are her own. In her keynote “Y’d Awake”, Zuza shares her insider’s knowledge of Gen Y, gives refreshing, honest and uncompromising truths about her generation and supplies her audience with relevant and up to date solutions to their Gen Y problems