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After surviving an abusive childhood and repeated trauma in the Christchurch Earthquake, Billie Jordan used these experiences as a catalyst for improving the lives of people in her community. She established The Hip Op-eration Crew; a hip hop dance group consisting of members aged 71 to 96 years old.
Their energetic live performances, versatility and exceptional musicality has seen them perform at many successful events for a huge array of corporate clients.
Davey and his wife Margaret have built a lasting outdoor clothing empire on their proudly 'made in New Zealand' brand. Davey knows a thing or two about research. The former possum trapper is the key designer for his clothing range and often manages to personally trial the wet-weather and wind-proof gear - the company now exports to 23 countries including Scandinavia, the US and Australia.
This 10 piece band, play arrangements/remixes of iconic songs in a style unique to The Hipstamatics.
Ian was brought up in a small East Coast village on the North Island of New Zealand. He was seven when electricity arrived at his home. It was 1957. The telephone arrived a couple of years later. He didn't know it at the time but three years after he got electricity at his house, New Zealand got its first computer.
Jessica had been in London only four months when she was diagnosed with an uncommon form of aggressive breast cancer in June 2013. She was on the other side of the world away from her friends and family. She was lost, confused and about to face the biggest challenge of her life. So many questions and so many decisions needed to be made and fast.
Karen is known for her engaging, entertaining and practical presentations. She has shared the stage with some of the biggest names in the business and has been recognized as a Certified Speaking Professional – an honour held by only the top 1% of speakers worldwide.
Marcus will stimulate, entertain and inspire your audience with his powerful message and creative style of delivery. He grew up on the East Coast and his father is from Te Whanau o Tuwhakairiora of Te Araroa on the East Cape, and he also has Ngai Tahu and Kahungunu tribal affiliations. His mother is a fifth generation New Zealander with European ancestry. A qualified teacher and gifted communicator, Marcus has led a number of innovative programmes addressing the learning and developmental needs of youth at risk and young offenders. Since 1996 Marcus has travelled all over the world as both a national and international representative and delegate.
She was also born with weak eyesight, underdeveloped lungs, and holes in her heart. She moved to NZ aged 4 but had problems at school due to her weaknesses in English, sports, and making friends. People found it hard to accept her because of her differences. She used to pass time by reading in the library every lunch time.
Ryan Castle draws on his wealth of corporate and small business experience and high performance athletics training to help business owners reach their next level of performance. He combines best practice research with hard-won experience from worlds of business and sport to deliver a game plan that gets results.
Aaron Fleming is an Ironman, New Zealand’s Olympic Games torchbearer, an author, and one of New Zealand’s youngest speakers with one of the most moving tales you will ever hear … Aaron's story is gripping, emotional and truly inspirational. He can talk about change, overcoming adversity, goal setting and perseverance.
From Masterton to Monaco on a motorbike is a long tough ride. Aaron competed in 229 World Superbike races and has stood on the World Superbike podium 87 times. He also won the gruelling Suzuka 8 hour endurance race three times in a row and that has set a record for the most consecutive wins in this important race in Japan. The journey to the top of the World Superbike racing world was an improbable one, made possible by sheer grit to overcome all obstacles in his path.
Auckland based Irish Comedian Alan McElroy is a regular MC and Comedian at Auckland's Classic Comedy Bar.
Former ballroom dancing champion and judge on Dancing with the Stars and presenter on Good Morning, Alison is now a 10.00-2.00pm host on a popular radio station.
Former CEO of Business In The Community, Alison is a great believer in the Mentoring Programme and how it is helping small businesses to survive and grow. Alison has served as a Judge on the WestpacTrust business Excellence Awards in the North Shore and Manukau for three years, has served as President of the Export Institute, is a Director of Business In The Community and a Trustee of the Equal Employment Opportunity Trust. She is a member of the IOD and Small Business Advisory Group and still acts as a business mentor .
An International Speaker of vast experience, Allison has not only gained respect, but built a powerful brand inspiring high profile companies such as Air New Zealand, Pharmac, Fonterra, Ministry of Justice, Commerce Commission, Wella International, NZI, Lockwood Homes, Drake International, Westpac, The Professionals Real Estate, Works Infrastructure, Tourism NZ, Burger King, to name a few.
For 10 months he was trapped by crushing ice. For 5 months he endured soul-destroying solitude. For 3 months he lived in total darkness. For 1 hour he will have you on the edge of your seat. Explorers are a special breed of people blessed with courage, determination and an instinct for survival.
Alzarae can perform popera, ballads, jazz, swing or party pop hits. They are a very versatile musical act.
Amanda is best know for her training programmes on how to present yourself, rather than the traditional skills of how to present a speech. She facilitates change in human behaviour and enables people to focus on their fears or self doubts and to work out what is holding them back or blocking their progress. By encouraging people to express their fears she can give them the practical means to move forward and present themselves well.
Andrew Clay is one of New Zealand’s best stand up comedians, and he should be, he’s be doing it for longer than just about anybody else. He first stood on a comedy stage at the Sydney Comedy Store in 1990 having left his comfortable career as a sales rep his home town of Auckland. For the next 4 and half years he learnt his craft in the unforgiving world of the Australian Stand Up Comedy scene often battling drunken yobbos, halfwit hecklers and disinterested bar patrons who just wanted to watch the footy …. and that was usually just the management
A born leader and very successful former All Black captain and player, Andy has combined the skills he learned on the rugby field with his business acumen.
Andy Haden was a leading figure in organising the 1986 Cavaliers tour. Haden also continues to play, being the driving force behind the “Classic All Blacks” who won the World Rugby Classic tournament in Bermuda for four years running. He also manages a very successful celebrity management service.
Andy has speed in his blood. Both his father and grandfather were powerboat champions. Andy prefers the track to the water, but racing is most definitely in his blood!
Working now with over 120 women, Annah takes on huge levels of responsibility daily. Not unaccustomed to making important decisions that could affect her huge work force, she continues to thrive on every challenge placed before her as her business enters yet another phase of growth, including international recognition and exporting to 150 accounts throughout the world.