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Ruud Kleinpaste was born in Indonesia but moved to Holland and managed to pick up some foreign languages along the way. Natural history has always been Ruud's passion and he chased birds in a wide range of habitats.
Most well known for founding the Student Volunteer Army after the Christchurch earthquakes and for his work in the international disaster risk community, Sam returned home in 2016 to develop a social enterprise called ‘WeVisit that connects and shared skills between generations.
Samantha Hayes is best known for her presentation role on TV3's Nightline. She is an excellent, professional MC highly in demand for corparate work.
You may remember her as the co-host with Brendon Pongia of Good Morning on TVNZ until 2012. Since then, Sarah has been a reporter with One News in Wellington and now Auckland.
World champion cyclist and Gold Medalist at the Athens Olympics, Sarah Ulmer ONZM has what it takes to persist and achieve goals.
Sarah has been racing BMX from a very young age and reached the pinnacle of her career to date winning the Silver Medal at the Olympics in London. She was also Nominated for Sportswoman of the Year 2010 at the Halberg Awards.
20+ years ago, Sean joined Leo Burnett one of the world's largest ad agencies. The skills he learnt took him on the heady road of copywriting, writing TV commercials (and how to do them in 5 seconds), graphic design, cartoons and web design. The underlying synchronicity was the constant search to find ways to communicate in the simplest, most effective manner. Sean has developed a system called PsychoTactics. PsychoTactics unlocks the working of the human brain and radically tweaks the way you think and act about your business. This results in clarity of thought and greater profits.
He is probably best known for his role as Mac in TVNZ Hit Drama Nothing Trivial and Hayden Peters in five series of Outrageous Fortune.
Sharon and her partner started PC Direct, the very successful computer company which they sold in 1997 to Blue Star Products. She then ran a business importing continental foods and now is in partnership with her husband in Hire Pool.
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.
After 20 years of studying sales psychology, body language, NLP, Shayne has become a leading authority on selling strategies and techniques in Australasia. Shayne has worked with companies such as Microsoft, Yellow Pages, BDO Accountants, Bayleys Real Estate and Air New Zealand. He has written over 50 workbooks on Sales, Communication and Negotiation skills and presented keynote presentations and workshops in 15 countries for a many types of industries.
Sian inspires and empowers business leaders and individuals from all walks of life to be more effective in their decision making, both professional and personal. Being confident enough to take responsibility for significant choices is something we all face. Her clients describe Sian as ‘real’ – as Sian tells it as it is, ‘it’ being your life, with pragmatism, humour and pinpoint perception. What do you really want out of life? It’s about making - Real Choices for a Real Life.
Simon is a down to earth and popular MC, experienced television presenter and voice-over artist.
Well known TV personality and presenter, Simon also works with the Variety Club of New Zealand.