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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.
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.
Founder of internationally successful brands Snowy Peak, Untouched World and MERINOMINK, will share her secrets behind her success, including the strategies she employed to position her brand globally, as well as the challenges and opportunities she has faced along the way
Peta Mathias MNZM is a respected and prolific New Zealand chef, author, entertainer and broadcaster, who writes about food and travel and hosts gastronomic tours in the South of France, Morocco, Spain, Italy, New Zealand and India.
Peter began his career in Stand-up comedy and has kept the faith ever since, performing to great acclaim in the Auckland and Wellington Comedy Festivals in 2005 and 2009. In his work as a Corporate entertainer Peter brings his political antennae and comedic writing - as well as his proven abilities as a character actor. !
From Real Training – Harcourts have worked with him in the past.
Peter Hillary is a powerful and dynamic speaker. Like his adventures his presentations are inspiring, exciting and full of lessons for business today.
New Zealand’s internationally recognised sports commentator and voice of yachting and the America’s Cup
Peter has over 30 years experience in the Banking Industry specialising in business banking and now runs his own business assisting business owners, Directors and chartered accountants to identify and achieve the critical success factors required to make their businesses more profitable.
Petra Bagust is an excellent and very professional M/C.
Director of his own Consultancy Company, Phil is passionate about change management, restructuring and transformation of companies and individuals. Phil is an entrepreneur, former partner of Eric Watson in Rank Xerox and Blue Star companies. An excellent marketer and businessman Phil is happy to share his experiences on transforming your organisation, mentoring, selling, etc. Phil enjoys skydiving and riding Harley Davidsons and is not your usual ‘business consultant’.
Phil is one of NZ’s leading all round sporting journalist and author of many books, including biographies for Grizz, Wylie, Joe Stanley, Mike Brewer, skipping rope Man Billy Graham and most recently Valerie Adams