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Wade Jackson

MC for 'This is New Zealand' social night, Thursday 3 November, 6.00pm

Wade is a dedicated peak performance strategist who can inspire you to achieve the level of success and fulfilment you desire, both professionally and personally. 

A master storyteller, Wade has spent his adult life perfecting his skills through academic channels and through life. After decades on the stage, in dojos, and reading pretty much everything there is on human development, Wade has written his own books on the subject and can authentically lead by example.

A dynamic background in improv theatre both in his home country of New Zealand and on the global stage has earned Wade a match-fit mind of extraordinary agility. 

Wade holds postgraduate qualifications in both Drama and Health Science and brings academic robustness to everything he does. 


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James Elliott

MC for Gala dinner, Saturday 5 November, 7.30pm

Stand-up comedian, corporate MC and after-dinner speaker, radio host, and columnist— James Elliott tossed aside his lawyer's wig and gown when he found a way to channel his true talent!

As a practising lawyer, James is the corporate-friendly face of comedy. He’s the only person in the country to have appeared as a lawyer before the Waitangi Tribunal and as a stand-up comedian in three series of TV’s Pulp Comedy.

James has performed his thinking brand of off-beat observational stand-up comedy in New Zealand, Australia, and the US. James is a regular contributor on "Nine to Noon" and "The Panel" on Radio New Zealand, and is also a guest columnist for the Sunday Star Times.

His interest in clear communication means he's been delighted to host the WriteMark New Zealand Plain English Awards since 2012.