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South African born, and now New Zealand citizen, comic Urzila Carlson took to the stage for the first time in 2008 and has since racked up an impressive array of awards for her stand up including ‘Best Female Comedian’ at the 2010, 2011, 2012 & 2013 NZ Comedy Guild Awards and the coveted TV3 People's Choice Award at the 2013 New Zealand International Comedy Festival.
Vic Hewson was Chief Inspector, Wellington with the New Zealand Police for 25 years. He then moved on to the New Zealand Fire Service as General Manager Human Resources and Marketing. Vic has held various senior positions in large organisations, leadership in operational roles, development of executive leadership programmes, organisational development especially changing organisation culture, mentoring Senior Managers, public speaking, training and development and project management. As an influencer of people he brings energy and an infectious enthusiasm that motivates people to work towards new goals out of a sense of commitment.
Could give you an entertaining address on ‘How to become a wine Expert in 2 hours”. He can combine that with choosing suitable wines to taste which blend with your menu.
Specialising in visual merchandising training and seminars and used by the Retail Merchants Association and many retailers in their quest for new and innovative ideas. Vince specialises in visual display design, store window display, display seminars, exhibitions and signs and is a ‘hands on’ practical presenter. He travels throughout the country for individuals companies and in-house staff training, showing simple ideas and the tricks of the trade.
Vincent became founding editor of the magazine Unlimited which was his brainchild. Since Unlimited’s inception in 1998, it has won 28 journalism and design awards including three times winning magazine of the year (business and professional). After selling the magazine, creativity and innovation are his passions and he now has several business projects going.
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.
A master educator, his teaching style is engaging, practical, human and powerful. World leading management thinkers such as Stephen Covey and Edward de Bono praise his work.
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
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.
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 is an accomplished inspirational speaker who doesn’t retell stories, he relives them. 10 years ago, William almost lost his life in a volcanic eruption on Mt. Ruapehu. Doctors noted William’s survival as a miracle. William’s obsession for the outdoors, education and seeing life’s challenges as opportunities to try again have helped him overcome adversity more than once.
Several times each year he talks to Bachelor of Nursing students. All of his presentations are either on advertising (Not-for-Profit related), communication theory, direct-marketing, or, what some people may find a strange combination, social science. But that's what affected his life. Of course he also talks about stroke (CVA). As his stroke affected his life in a major way. Whoever the audience, he fine-tunes his presentations to their requirements.
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
For a professional, experienced, reliable magician, look no further. Alan does corporate events, birthday parties and close-up magic.
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.
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.
Beatrice Faumuina is one of New Zealand's most successful track and field athletes. She has represented New Zealand at the Olympic Games on four occasions, in 1996 (Atlanta), 2000 (Sydney), 2004 (Athens) and 2008 (Beijing). Beatrice was flag bearer for the New Zealand Olympic team in Athens in 2004.
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