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Standing on the summit of Mount Everest has always been a boyhood dream, a dream that Mark thought he had lost in 1982 when as a Search and Rescue Mountaineer in New Zealand’s majestic Mount Cook National Park, He had a ‘hiccup’ in my climbing career, stuck in an ice cave dubbed ‘Middle Peak Hotel’ near the summit of Mount Cook for 14 days. As a result of this stay Mark lost both legs below the knees to frostbite.
Well known television presenter and Master of Ceremonies
Mark Rimington and Linda Redwood are the nucleus of the band X-STATIC and pride themselves on having been the right choice for many functions of various types and sizes from small intimate audiences to 20 to 2000 plus. They have travelled extensively in New Zealand and overseas to Bali, Fiji and Australia for both corporate and private events. They can be a 2, 3 or 4 piece band.
Former captain of the New Zealand Men's Softball team, the Black Sox, who led his team to victory in three consecutive world championships. Listen to Mark tell of his inspirational and entertaining sporting experiences.
Mark has attended two summer Olympics as coach to the New Zealand Canoe Team including Paul MacDonald & Ian Ferguson and the 1994 Winter Olympics as trainer to the New Zealand World Record Ice Racing Team. He has six other World Champions to his credit as a coach, trainer or performance coach in five different sports. Mark has transitioned his Sports Coaching into Performance Coaching for Businesses and uses the tools and skills that his sportspeople have mastered into giving executives and business people the edge to win.
Mark Wright's experience both as an actor and comedian is extensive. He has performed with leading theatre companies on radio and in film. Mark’s television credits include Laugh Inz, the Billy T James Show and all the “Issues” series. As National Theatresports Champion for 5 years, he has represented New Zealand in international competition.
Very successful in her own business career, she speaks from experience. Marnie believes business is the art of getting what you want by doing what you are good at. She has a forward thinking approach to business issues including change, service and personal attitude. Formerly marketing manager at Victoria Park Market – she was responsible for the turn around of the market with a change of attitude and focus. Fantastic sales person, she is now doing very well in real estate.
Martin Hawes is New Zealand’s best-selling financial author. He is a highly sought after seminar presenter, and business advisor and enjoys conference speaking on money matters and motivation. He brings the often seemingly complex aspects of finance, investment, taxation and trusts to a simple and understandable reality.
Mary's personal finance Q&A column appears in the Weekend Herald, and her award-winning syndicated column runs in the Dominion Post, Christchurch Press, Waikato Times and Gisborne Herald. She has also written several best-selling books on personal finance, including KiwiSaver.
MaryJane O'Reilly has studied at the Royal Ballet School, co-founded and danced with Limbs Dance Company, choreographed the Opening Ceremony of the 1990 Commonwealth Games and most recently has been the artistic director of the Tempo Dance Festival.
Host of the ITM Fishing Show and famous for catching very large fish from very small vessels, Matt Watson has appeared on the David Letterman Show, 60 Minutes and BBC World amongst other shows.
Matthew has had more than his share of challenges. His recipe for success is not complex – a forward focused positive attitude and a lot of determination.
Former Black Fern player and part of the twice winning women’s World Rugby Team, now a sports commentator with Sky Sport, she can be seen on television – fronting it with the guys.
Jeweller - Michael seems to continue to make profits with his jewellery businesses both here and in Australia even when other retailers are struggling. Michael shares his marketing and success stories with delegates.
Michèle is a frequent voice on RNZ National’s “9 to Noon” and “The Panel”; and she has been writing a weekly newspaper column on social issues since 2008 which is published in “Your Weekend” magazine with the Press, the DomPost and Waikato Times, and also on the Stuff website.
Michelle was CEO of Unichem for several years and then had an exciting role with Carat, a media /marketing agency. She is now Ceo of VISIQUE. Branding, marketing and particularly marketing analysis.
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.