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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.
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.
Just ten years ago, Tony and wife Tracey decided to open their own Travel Agency in Invercargill. Every travel industry expert (not to mention the Bank Manager) warned it was a terrible idea and proceeded to list a host of very good reasons why. Against all odds, Laker House of Travel has quickly become one of the largest travel companies in New Zealand. 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.
Prolific columnist and writer of books written in his inimitiable comic style.
Dynamic and engaging speeches that will motivate, inspire and entertain any audience. Kevin uses strong visuals and humour to deliver an inspirational message about setting outrageous goals, overcoming extreme obstacles, and persevering through adversity to achieve success.
Of “Fair Go” fame, Kevin has many amusing anecdotal experiences of his dealings over the years with different consumer related problems.
Spent 20 years learning about sales, marketing, advertising, branding and promotion. Her passion lies in helping to turn people on to their potential and achieve outstanding results in business.
Wayne is a full-time professional magician, illusionist, children’s entertainer and magical inventor. He received the Grand Master of Magic Award in 2004, one of only 13 NZ magician's to do so. Wayne is equally at home entertaining with close-up magic for a corporate black tie affair, performing comedy magic at a country club, entertaining families at a shopping mall, producing a white rabbit for a child’s birthday party or presenting large scale illusions for a product launch.
Margot’s work in organisational transformation has the proven, researched capacity to turn companies around on both tight financial and time frameworks. Recently Margot has been awarded the honour of being included as one of “2000 Outstanding Intellectuals of the 21st Century”, a credit bestowed on only 2000 of the world’s foremost contemporary thinkers.
She appears before the Court of Appeal on a regular basis, and has also appeared before the Privy Council in England. Lorraine is the first Lawyer in New Zealand to appear as Senior Counsel before their Lordships and has served for four years on the Auckland District Law Society’s Law Reform Sub-Committee and conducted Seminars on Advocacy skills for Practitioners in Auckland. In 1984 after conducting the defence in the Gloria Kong kidnapping trial in Timaru, she travelled to Philadelphia and interviewed Professor Orme, who examined Patty Hearst and gave evidence at her trial. She brought back affidavits and articles on hypnotism and argued them before a court of five Judges in the Court of Appeal. This resulted in guidelines for hypnotising Police witnesses being laid down by that Court. At the conclusion of the enquiry into Oakley Hospital, she wrote a thesis on the Mental Health Act 1969. She travelled to America, met with Mental Health Professionals in Sacramento, visited Psychiatric Institutions and discussed USA Legislation with members of the Senate. On her return to New Zealand she rewrote the Mental Health Act and sent it to the then Minister of Health. He telephoned her and said he had thrown it into the rubbish bin. The Department of Heath eventually took it up, made changes to it and the Draft Bill became Law. Lorraine is also an advocate for Pro-Life issues and took a test case through the New Zealand Courts to the Privy Council in England. She successfully defended the man charged with smashing the America’s Cup. Lorraine is involved with Rotary and her husband was responsible for introducing and implementing a drug avoidance scheme, which is now taught by the Police throughout New Zealand Schools. B.A. LL.B (Hons) M.Jur, Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand. Admitted to the Bar in 1980, she is most well known in recent years as the defence lawyer for Chris Kahui. Interests: À Self - Motivation - How to be successful when you do not have an education. À Medico-Legal Issues - Cloning, the right to die etc. À Social Issues: - Mental Health.À Criminal Law - The relationship between some of the more interesting cases, social issues and human nature. À Travel - backpacked extensively overseas, staying in convents and other interesting places. À Rotary
In a career of over twenty years with TVNZ she worked as a researcher, reporter, newsreader and presenter on high profile programmes like Fair Go, Eye Witness News and One Network News.
Maggie's areas of specialty are presentation skills, media relations, image consultancy and personal development. Her unique ability to motivate and empathise stems from her awareness of human dynamics, personal development and over 20 years of experience working in theatre education and the performing arts.
As well as being an acclaimed opera singer, Dame Malvina is the patron of the Dame Malvina Major Foundation which supports and trains young NZ artists.
Jim is one of the most versatile and professional entertainers in the country. He can entertain with Debbie Dorday and the Red Hot Mamas, or he can put together a variety show.
Lindsey Dawson is an award-winning magazine editor who has created three major women's titles in her career - More, Next and Grace.
Approximately 35-40 male and females students aged between 4yrs to 25yrs old. Students share both the instrumental aspects and physical lion stunts of the dance.
Lisa Er began her food business making hummus at home for family and friends. At that time she was teaching part time and her youngest of three sons had just started school. Now she employees 30 staff and her products are sold in 92% of New Zealand’s supermarkets. The company boasts a 42% value share of the chilled dips market. Lisa’s story tells of how she grew a business from a great recipe.
Lisa was born with a physical eye defect that has shaped her life. Born into a family of sporting professionals, she wanted to understand why some people succeed while others do not and this determination led her to specialise in human performance and sports psychology. Lisa is extremely motivational, and has committed her life to help improve the lives of others. A very special lady and author of 6 books she can tailor a presentation specifically for you.
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.
Their mix of everyone's retro favourites, lively delivery and utmost professionalism has seen Union become the darlings of the Corporate crowd. Union have the knack of enticing even the most reluctant of partygoers on to the dance floor. As a 6 piece band, Leza shares vocals with Caroline, from Sweden, seen as Shakira on Stars in their Eyes.
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.
Party time!!! Fill your dance floor and keep everyone there with 4 hours of hits from the 60's to the 90's. Perfect for Christmas parties, weddings, conferences and birthdays.***Sound & lighting included FREE in the Southern lakes district
All Black from 1971 to 1976. All Black coach from 1992 to 1995.
A sports psychologist and executive development consultant, Lawrence has been successful working in the areas of organisational psychology, organisational behaviour, systems thinking and accelerated learning.
An interesting seminar on self check-ups. Leigh runs the life balance seminar which is based on understanding and embracing the principals of work / life balance.
Jayne one was of NZ's top track and field athletes before retiring and turning her hand to television presenting. Jayne is a professional and warm M/C.
Laurie has established himself as a leading seminar presenter and authority on the implementation into companies of sales and credit policies and procedures, staff development training and industry information.
Kirsty Dunphey has first and foremost always been entrepreneurial. From her start at an early age working in her parents small businesses or opening her first business at 15 – she’s had the bug her whole life. With two businesses and two part time jobs under her belt at the age of 15 to her own real estate agency at 21 Kirsty has been described as “Little bit Aussie Battler, Little bit Sassy Entrepreneur”.