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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 .
Allison shows organisations how in getting the best out of their people, they can achieve productivity and profit. Allison is an international speaker of vast experience.
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 can perform popera, ballads, jazz, swing or party pop hits. They are a very versatile musical act.
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 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 in 1990 having left his comfortable career as a sales rep his home town of Auckland. 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 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 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!
Annah Stretton is the founder of the Annah Stretton fashion label, a successful New Zealand entrepreneur, (celebrating 25 years in the business of fashion this year,) an author of seven books and an in-demand public speaker.
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.
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.
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 nearly 50 years, with over 30 of them spent in the Parliamentary Press Gallery, making him the longest serving member of the gallery and the country’s most experienced political broadcast journalist.
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 25 years experience writing for various websites and publications in Auckland, Wellington, Canberra, Sydney, London and Singapore.
A member of the New Zealand Silver Ferns netball team for 10 years, Bernice led the team for three. She regards the captaincy as one of the highlights, alongside winning her first test cap and beating the Aussies. Her contribution to sport was recognised in the New Zealand honours list of 2002 where she was awarded a MNZM.
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 MC and trainer.
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 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.
Brendhan is a favourite on the NZ Comedy Circuit and a much-loved regular headliner and host at The Classic.
Brendon Chase is New Zealand’s premier Elvis Tribute Artist and has been entertaining professionally as Elvis for 14 years.
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.
Brian Edwards has been an intellectual provocateur since he first came to prominence on New Zealand television in the sixties. He is a broadcaster probably best known for his National Radio’s “Top of the Morning” show, is an author and was host of the TV Show ‘Give us a Clue’. Brian now runs a media-training consultancy with his wife, writer Judy Callingham and was the author of Prime Minister Helen Clark’s book.
Whether you want your next party to rock, schmooze or swing, Pulse, New Zealand’s premium entertainment group has the perfect package to give you a night to remember.
His distinguished career includes roles as a Partner and Head of Research at stockbrokers Jarden & Co, a member of the New Zealand Stock Exchange, Chairman of the New Zealand Society of Investment Analysts and Chairman of the Asian Securities Analysts Council.
He has spent over 25 years advising leading companies in New Zealand, Australia, Asia and Europe.
Bruce started in Limbs Dancers, has appeared in many television and theatre productions over the last 20-odd years and was the character of Gamling in the Lord of the Rings. Bruce has also been a professional MC for over 15 years.