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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 …At 16, Aaron was a promising gymnast when his lung collapsed and had to undergo many surgeries to save his life. He was told he would never again be physically active. Following the grueling surgery and the devastating news, Aaron got addicted to his painkillers and suffered from severe depression. After hitting rock bottom, he decided to turn his life around. He went off his painkillers, finished school and went on to finish a degree in Science and Commerce specialising in Environmental Studies. He then discovered Ironman. Aaron's story is gripping, emotional and truly inspirational. He can talk about change, overcoming adversity, goal setting and perseverance.

Aaron Slight

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, presenter on TV One’s Good Morning and judge on Dancing with the Stars. Alison is the morning host on an Auckland radio station and is a cheeky but professional MC, she also tells some amusing stories as an after dinner speaker.

Alison Quesnel

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.

Alvah Simon

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 (Popera Band)

Alzarae can offer À Popera & Ballads - up to 45 minutes covering Il Divo, Andre Bocelli, Michael Ball, Andrew Lloyd Webber, and Musical Theatre. À Jazz and Swing - one or two 45 minute sets covering Frank Sinatra, Michael Buble, George Michael and great tunes from the Rat Pack Era. À Party Pop Hits - covers three hours of dance hits from the 70’s, 80’s, 90's and today.

Amanda Fleming

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

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 on February the 7th 1990 having left his comfortable career as a sales rep his home town of Auckland New Zealand. 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

Andy Dalton

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

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 Knight

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.

April Ieremia

Entertaining life experiences that demonstrate the sacrifices needed for success. Former NZ netball player.

Gary is amazing. He is not your ‘normal DJ’ who puts CDs into a machine and stands under flashing lights. Gary really gets involved – dances and entertains at the same time. His real talent is as Austin Powers – he dresses as Austin and really ‘gets going’. He can do an evening’s entertainment as DJ and then do an Austin Powers floor show.

Barbara Kendall

World Champion Board sailor and Olympic Gold Medallist Barbara Kendall won a gold medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, silver medal in 1996 (in Atlanta, Georgia), and a bronze medal in 2000 (in Sydney). She then finished finished 5th at the 2004 Games in Athens and sixth at the 2008 Games in Beijing. She is the first and only woman from New Zealand to compete at 5 Olympic Games. In 2009 Barbara was runner up in Dancing with the Stars and in 2010 she announced her retirement from boardsailing. 

Barry Soper

He's been in Parliament longer than all of them so he's earned the right to be irreverent! Barry has been a journalist for 35 years, with the past 24 spent in the Parliamentary Press Gallery, making him the longest serving member of the gallery and the country’s most experienced political broadcast journalist. Barry came to the gallery as political editor for private radio but during his time has made frequent appearances on television commenting on politics.

Barry Vryenhoek

A lifetime devoted to the NZ Army, has seen Brigadier Barry Vryenhoek hold many senior roles including Deputy Chief of Army, Army General Staff Wellington and General Manager Corporate Services, Army’s most senior civilian role. Brigadier Vryenhoek holds a MBA, MA (Hons) in Strategic Studies and has completed a senior executive course at the Harvard Business School. He talks extensively on leadership in particular: Leadership underpinned by a clear ethos and core values and on a leadership culture that builds teams and seeks to influence others.

Bernard is a leading financial editor and commentator with over 23 years experience various websites and national publications in Auckland, Wellington, Canberra, Sydney, London and Singapore.

She was a member of the New Zealand Silver Ferns netball team for 10 years and led the squad for five. She regards the captaincy as one of the highlights, alongside winning her first test cap and like all good kiwis she particularly enjoyed beating the Aussies. Her athletic achievements were recognised in the New Zealand honours list of 2002 where she was awarded a MNZM.

Bill Day

Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2000, Bill started out as a scuba diving instructor, then began taking underwater commercial jobs. Before long Bill had so much work he bought a dive support vessel and in 1983 launched his shipping company Seaworks. Bill has found a niche market and developed a highly successful maritime service business. An innovative and entrepreneurial businessman as well as adventurer.

Bill has an amazing record as a sales person, networker, managing and in generating referrals and has held positions as Sales and Branch Managers. He delivers keynote addresses, workshops and is an experienced M/C and trainer.

Bill Ralston

Bill is a journalist, broadcaster, and media personality, active in television, radio and print. He has worked as a political correspondent, fronted the television arts show Backch@t, and was the head of news and current affairs at TVNZ from 2003 to 2007.

Billy Black

Billy travelled the world for many years as a professional shearer and was involved in a World Record 20 years ago which still stands today, (shearing 675 sheep in one day).

Billy Graham's presentations are 'punchy', 'lively' and 'fun'. He is full of energy and his humourous presentations are always memorable.

WINNER: BEST MALE COMEDIAN - 2010 /2012 NZ Comedy Guild Awards.  His wits are razor sharp from 4 years on the UK Pro Comedy circuit where he is now a regular headliner and host.

Brendon Chase

Brendon Chase is New Zealand’s premier Elvis Tribute Artist and has been entertaining professionally as Elvis for 14 years.

Brett Tutheridge

Brett combines his creativity, professionalism, and personality to make sure your event is an absolute success. With over 15 years experience in the corporate event, conference, entertainment and incentive industries, you will benefit from Brett’s wealth of knowledge and solid business experience.

Brian Childs

Brian entered his first “Stars in your Eyes” competition in 1992 in Wellington which he won, In 1993 he entered another “Stars in your Eyes” Competition which he was fortunate enough to win also. In 1995 this led Brian to go to Rotorua and enter the “Search for Australasia’s Best Elvis Impersonator”. His dreams all came true, Brian won the competition and was soon on his way to Memphis, Tennessee to see the home of Elvis Presley, Gracelands.