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Dr Mike Ashby is an experienced business mentor and coach and the author of the book, Breakpoints: How to Shift Your Business to the Next Level. For more than 12 years, Dr Mike Ashby has been helping hundreds of business owners grow their business and improve their lifestyle. Prior to owning his own business, Dr Mike was COO at Southern Cross Healthcare where he was responsible for turning around a $42M loss into a $30M profit in two years. Before that he was a partner at Ernst & Young Consulting in Wellington, leading the national Strategy and Transformation team.
One of only 25 speakers Globally to have the CSP Global. Mike was NZ Speaker of the Year 2014 (other National Awards in 2007, 2009 & 2011). He has been mentioned by President Bill Clinton for his Philanthropic endeavours. He is the award winning author of 13 Books, a musician with 11 albums and a No#1 hit and consistently makes over $1m a year from speaking.
Mike is passionate about innovation and creativity, and his life is a living example of that.
In a previous life, Mike King was our very own comedic, cultural ambassador, performing at more international festivals than any other Kiwi comedian. He was a familiar face on New Zealand television, hosting numerous comedy series.
Mike Loder is a proven crowd pleaser who knows how to entertain corporate audiences and can also add a teambuilding dimension to your next event. A crowd favourite with fifteen years experience, the ‘Billy T’ Award winner has been a regular feature act on TV's 'Pulp Comedy' and the last several 'TV2 Laugh! International Comedy Festival Galas'.
Watch your colleagues and guests star in a show that will have the audience laughing, applauding and enthusiastically volunteering to join in a fast paced, comedy hypnotic show that will be the topic of conversation for many weeks after the event.
In a career spanning more than 25 years Mike McRoberts is best known for his reporting from some of the world’s most dangerous places.
Personal and business success story - from very average scholastic results to a highly successful franchised mortgage broking business, plus interests in airlines and freight forwarding companies and his newly developed consumer protection business SafeKiwi.
Miles has been punched by Joe Frazier, hugged by Pavarotti, and thrown out of sports stadia around the world. On the down side, he is also a Pom with an opinion on everything.
Murray's career is a success story. Murray was the Head of CBS Music, founder of Personalised Plates and now runs his own highly successful music business.
Ngahihi o te ra Bidois is “The Face of New Zealand” and is an International Leadership Speaker who has presented throughout the world including the New York office of Google.
Nick is incredibly talented - he is a comedic and entertaining MC and is also a talented pianist, working a duelling piano set totally based on audience requests; he can sing and does a 1960's set with a guitarist as well as classic hits of a mature audience.
Nicky is an experienced business woman, consultant, facilitator and coach. Nicky has assisted many organisations in aligning individuals and teams towards building resilient and sustainable ways of working. She delivers tailored workshops in resilience, authentic leadership, communication and coaching skills and building high performing teams.
For team leader Nigel Cherrie, rowing into Auckland City on 20 January 2011 wasn't just the culmination of a two-month adventure on the Tasman Sea, it was the finish line of a five year journey to achieve a great life-changing goal. Nigel, with team-mates James Blake and Andrew McCowan, passed under the Auckland Harbour Bridge 55 days and two hours after leaving Australia- a 3,300km human-powered voyage. The team endured almost a month of torrid weather on the Tasman Sea, spending approximately 27 days at sea anchor as their 10.5m boat, The Moana, was tossed around by 4-6m seas and winds reaching 50 knots. But the perseverance required to cross the Tasman by oar power and eat cold food when they ran out of gas, was fuelled by five years of pursuing the dream, raising the sponsorship, building a team and overcoming every hurdle imaginable just to cross the Sydney Harbour start line.
Paddy O'Brien is NZ's most capped test referee. He refereed for 20 years and is currently the most experienced referee on the world refereeing panel.
Mister Meana, a Christchurch based band, delivers a variety of music, which is diverse in style and appeals to all age groups. Their music is entertaining and audience responsive. They associate with clients and agencies in a way that demonstrates their professionalism and work ethic
He is a self-confessed sports fanatic whose life has centred around sport.
Well known for his quick mind and charm as a Master of Ceremonies and Feature Act Comedian, Paul began his stand-up comedy career in London in 1994. His first award was many years earlier when he won a talent quest at age 14. His second came almost 20 years later when he won the Billy T James Comedy Award.
Paul's presentations contain both motivational and educational aspects in equal parts. Ten years of real estate practice in London formed the basis of Paul's motivation, coaching and speaking career in New Zealand. More than two decades in the sales, goal setting and motivational fields have given him a keen understanding of personal achievement and business success.
Once the stereotypical marketing man – busy, overweight, stressed. You name it, that was him ! Then not long after his 40th Birthday – fast paced living caught up. Paul was diagnosed with terminal Bowel Cancer and given 6 months to live Describing it then as the “Wake up call from Hell” – he now refers to his Cancer diagnosis as a gift that saved his life.
Outstanding Olympic medal winning canoeist, and motivational speaker.
Paul Watkins was a double winner in the 1996 NZ National Tourism Awards for “Best Marketing Campaign” and “Best Regional Development “ and was the Chief Executive at Tourism Waikato for nine years. After leaving University Paul was employed in retail, sales and sales management for several consumer goods companies. He then made the move into owning and franchising a chain of video retail outlets, selling out to his partner in 1989. Since starting his own business consultancy in 1998, Paul Watkins has helped a number of corporations in their marketing strategies, with a direct result on bottom line sales for numerous companies.
An amazing lady with a story of courage and fortitude and amazing achievement. Pauline entered the convent at the age of 17 and at the age of 29 found herself back within the secular world, having to begin her life all over again. Her daughter Mary had a stroke whilst still at primary school and Pauline talks about the effect that had on her and on Mary’s siblings. Whilst visiting Mary in Tauranga hospital she met a severely disabled man who changed her life. Her recent book and play ‘500 Letters’ tells the story of her 17-year friendship with him.