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Viva has exceptional personal charm and sincerity, and her music has a character and dynamism which can dominate an audience no matter where their musical tastes may lie. Viva brings these qualities to her work in an enchanting combination of eastern culture and western music, formed from her birth and up-bringing in Hong Kong in the special musical environment surrounding her father, pianist to the great Latin Band leader Xavier Cougat.
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.
Greg Ward and Brett Tutheridge New Zealand's premier after dinner entertainment. They have a number of different shows to entertain and delight conference or event guests
Canadian – Over the last 20 years Warren has proven to be a remarkable insightful predictor of the major trends that effect us as business people and as individuals. One of his topics: - “Where in the World the World is Going….the next three years” He speaks globally with presentations that combine economics, demographics, technology, corporate restructuring and psychographics, together to make sense of the changes we see swirling around us. He paints a convincing picture of where your customers, suppliers and employees are going to be – and what you need to be doing now to meet them there.Warren Evans is a trends analyst and strategy consultant. His blue-chip client list runs from American Express through Microsoft and McDonalds to Zurich Insurance, and spans more than a dozen countries on 5 continents. He brings to the platform a unique combination of genuine expertise and powerful delivery. His compelling information, practical ideas, upbeat approach and irreverent sense of humour have won him rave reviews around the world.
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.
Wayne ran the Britten Race team in Europe in the early 1990’s until John Britten died of cancer in 1995. Britten Motorcycles is still at the forefront of design and innovation and is now involved in making prototypes of engines and mopeds, and has made prosthetic limbs for the Paralympic cyclists. The company became well know for the innovative design and manufacture of the artificial legs which Mark Inglis used to make his return climb to Mount Cook, 20 years after losing his legs to frostbite on that same mountain and in May 2006 Wayne climbed Mount Everest with Mark Inglis. Wayne was involved in the making of the prototype of Invercargill’s Bert Munro’s motorcycle for the film “the Fastest Indian” and involved in the film shooting in Salt Lake City, Utah USA.
A consulting engineer by profession, Wayne’s business interests are far more diverse than that. He is Chairman of Transmission Holdings Ltd – Government SOE owning Broadcast Communications Ltd (BCL) in NZ and THLA in Australia – the largest providers of free to air broadcast services in radio and TV in both countries. He was the Chairman of Auckland District Health Board, and has currently been elected Mayor of Northland and is developing a residential subdivision in Keri Keri.
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.
The former captain of the All Blacks still has a high profile from his battle with cancer, his charity appearances and his work with prostate cancer awareness
Wayne has excellent skills and tips to show people how to look after themselves in the social environment we find ourselves in today. When home invasions, bag snatching, car jacking and burglaries seems to be on the increase, Wayne will show you show how to train yourself and your children to defend themselves easily. He shares with you some of the simple defensive moves that have helped him keep his clients and their families safe. He can design a session to your time frame and requirements.
William Pike, a young school teacher from Auckland, came to the attention of the nation in September 2007 when, while tramping on Mt Ruapehu, he was critically injured during a volcanic eruption. William was trapped inside the hut, surrounded by mud and rocks and in freezing temperatures, while his friend went for help. He subsequently lost a leg.
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
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Has successfully turned his hand to several businesses. Alastair’s down-to-earth, no-nonsense approach stems from his dairy farming background. After his daughter’s serious illness, Alistair re-assessed his life, wrote a book and set up “Stand Up and Shout Ltd” which is his vehicle to inspire people to achieve their dreams. Stand Up and Shout Ltd provides information that inspires and motivates people to turn their dreams into reality.
Former rugby great, Alex lives on a farm in North Canterbury.
Well known radio announcer and talk back host, Alice is often used in voice over work. Alice is a lively and energetic presenter.
Allison Roe won the Boston (2h 26m) and New York marathons setting records at both in 1981. Her record in breaking Grete Waitz string of wins in New York was a World Record at the time (2h 25.29m). She also won a number of road races in the US including the famous 10k Peachtree Roadrace in Atlanta breaking Mary Decker’s record. Allison represented New Zealand in track and cross country and at the age of 18 as NZ Cross Country champion, led the NZ team to the World Cross Country Championships in Morocco, where they finished second to the USA. She went on to win a number of cross country races internationally in Spain and Japan. Allison also has New Zealand championship gold medals in cycling and triathlon and won the Brazil International Triathlon from a strong field of top performers. She has also won many awards for services to sport including, Member of the British Empire, NZ Sportsman of the Year, Nurmi Awards for Best Female Runner and Best Female Road Racer 1981 and more recently the Abebe Bikila Award presented at the United Nations in 2002.
Star of 1970's television musical shows such as Happen Inn and Sing, Angela was a household favourite before heading off across the Tasman. She has continued to sing on her return as well as act - most notably in the theatre show "Menopause - the Musical"
Ann Andrews CSP is a seriously inspirational entrepreneur who teaches organisations and individuals how to learn, unlearn and relearn so they can face any change and any challenge likely to hit their lives or their business.
Food writer, chef and presenter of "Annabel Langbein - The Free Range Cook"
Annabel offers the opportunity to have fun with food. Great teambuilding exercises combined with prizes and lots of fun and laughs. Many options to teambuild and learn at the same time. There are lots of options, so contact us to discuss.
Barry Coleman started out his career as a journalist, where he started his working life he then launched his first newspaper – the Waikato Weekender - before amassing and launching other titles under his company Liberty Press, including The National Business Review. This entrepreneur has significant property investments from commercial through to a small local run pub in Dunedin. He’s pushed money into the retail market and in the 90s put a significant stake into wireless and IT companies. Barry is now diversifying his investments into aircraft manufacturing and medical technology and has large stakes in technology company TASK Transactions and venture capital firm No. 8 Fund. He has a shareholding in a wine company, Marlborough-based Bavasour, and is an independent director for stock broking firm Forsyth Barr. Now estimated to be personally worth $130 million, Barry has his own 100ft Italian motor yacht and a private jet he bought to travel the country after Air New Zealand scrapped business class on domestic flights and confiscated three pairs of Barry’s nail scissors! Was one of the Dragon's in Television New Zealand "Dragon's Den"
Beatrice Faumuina is one of New Zealand's most experienced and successful athletes. She has represented New Zealand at the Olympic Games on three occasions, in 1996 (Atlanta), 2000 (Sydney), and in 2004 (Athens). Beatrice was flag bearer for the New Zealand Olympic team in Athens in 2004.
Kayaker. World champion and winner of the Halberg Sportsman of the Year Award in 2004.
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
In his two years as President elect and President, Bill and Lorna were based in Evanston, Illinois and travelled about two thirds of the time. They visited 40 countries and Bill spoke to many thousands of Rotarians, saw hundreds of service projects and met many influential leaders.
A past General Manager of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of New Zealand until 1986, Bill has considerable business experience, is an experienced conference speaker and has produced his own radio programme.
Former Surf Live-Saver and TVNZ Weatherman Brendan’s involvement in sport left little time for a traditional 9 to 5 job and he has made a living as a singer, DJ and MC, hosting shows at various clubs, private functions, corporate conferences, teambuilding events and national sporting championships