Speakers

Cam Calkoen

Founder, Carabiner Mentoring Programme

Cam Calkoen

Founder, Carabiner Mentoring Programme

My name is Cam Calkoen. I dream of a world where everyone is inspired to embrace opportunity, and our physical being is no barrier to succeeding in our dreams and aspirations. It is dreams that have brought the world to what we see today. And our aspirations will propel it into the future.

No one can walk or talk at birth. But some people, like me, are presented with this likelihood for the rest of our lives. I chose to defy the odds, and now I have the opportunity to showcase what can be achieved when we see opportunity, clarify purpose and live for awesome!

I was born with Cerebral Palsy, but today the only labels I need are my name and occupation: Cam Calkoen, Inspirational Speaker. The inspiration is not because of my Cerebral Palsy, although that’s a part of me I choose to embrace. It comes from an aspiration to make life as awesome as it can be through the pursuit of excellence. I have gone from people doubting I would ever walk, to exceeding expectations.

Life is what we make it and the values needed to achieve awesomeness are simple – we need to believe, and in doing so, leave no stone unturned. My offerings help you identify these unturned stones – in other words, I inspire others to dream big and achieve more!

I look forward to being a part of your journey.

Trina Tamati

General Manager, Auckland NRL Nines

Trina Tamati

General Manager, Auckland NRL Nines

Having graduated as a youngster in personal training, Trina’s sporting career really took off when she landed her first role with NIKE New Zealand over 20 years ago. When she moved on from NIKE in the late 90’s Trina went on to manage major communication and event campaigns all around the world for some of the biggest global brands including Air New Zealand with the Super 12, PlayStation’s World Rally Championship, World Wrestling Federation and Gillette at the FiFA World Cup.

After 14 years of living abroad Trina accepted a senior Executive role at New Zealand Rugby League in 2010 which sparked her transition back to New Zealand. Under her influence, the NZRL gained control of the 2010 Four Nations Tournament (never before staged in New Zealand) and the 2012 ANZAC Test, an annual fixture last played on New Zealand soil in 1998.

Trina took the operational reins on the NRL Auckland Nines in its inaugural year back in 2014 and went on to be named the Tournament CEO after the first years huge success. During her 2 ½ tenure, Trina has been crowned the 2014 Maori Sports Administrator of the Year and the 2015 NZEPA Event Professional of the year. Trina dedicates a large amount of her time outside of the office to her gorgeous 8 year old daughter, to her tertiary studies, from which she graduated in 2012 with a double degree in Psychology and Communications, and to dabbling in the odd half ironman here and there.

William Pike

William Pike

William Pike is a sought-after motivational speaker and accessible role model for New Zealand youth. He has a passion for the outdoors and education. He has an infectious enthusiasm for adventure, life and fun. His character and outlook on life are nicely summed up by the title of his popular autobiography, Every Day’s A Good Day.

William has a Bachelor of Education with First Class Honours and is an experienced primary school teacher. However, an exit from teaching has allowed William to follow his dream of turning the William Pike Challenge Award into New Zealand’s most popular intermediate and full primary school outdoor education programme.

William was one of two young climbers caught in a volcanic eruption on the slopes of Mount Ruapehu, on the evening of 25 September 2007. He suffered numerous life threatening injuries, and as a result, his right leg was amputated below the knee, needing extensive recovery and rehabilitation. By adopting a positive attitude and moving on with the support of his family and friends, he was once again able to embrace his love of the outdoors.

As an accomplished motivational speaker, an author, an amputee, 2015 Young New Zealander of the year finalist and an international role model — William is a leader and an achiever who resonates passion and success without limits.

www.williampike.co.nz

Qiujing Easterbrook-Wong

Chief Executive, Borderless

Qiujing Easterbrook-Wong

Chief Executive, Borderless

Qiujing (Q) is an entrepreneur of Chinese & NZ European descent born in New Zealand and raised between Fiji and New Zealand. She and her husband and business partner Dean, have two young children – Gretta (who is nearly 4) and Henry (now 10 months).

10 years ago, Dean and Q embarked on their new venture, Borderless.

Borderless champions social change both in NZ and abroad – utilising a convergence of traditional industries and skills like marketing, advertising, filmmaking and social sciences to drive better outcomes for causes that matter.

Over the years, Borderless has made its mark across a variety of social issues – to name a few we have…

  • The creation of A Grandmother’s Tribe, an award winning film and global initiative to raise funds and awareness for grandmothers of sub-Saharan Africa; and
  • Supporting the creation of Be. Accessible, a NZ social change campaign to create the world’s first accessible nation, reframing how we think about and address a disabling world; and
  • Creating Harpooned Soul: the Jade Bell story, another award winning North American project inviting kids to choose creativity over drug abuse.

Today, Q and Borderless consult to a range of private and public sector organisations – making films, designing approaches to tackle social change opportunities and working collaboratively to make them happen!

In 2012, Q was awarded the Sir Peter Blake Leadership Award for her work in social change

Kirsten Taylor

Managing Director of SleepDrops International Limited

Kirsten Taylor

Managing Director of SleepDrops International Limited

Kirsten Taylor took a while to come into the world – being 3 weeks overdue but from that moment she has made up for lost time.

At age 4 after being infected with life threatening Bacterial Meningitis Kirsten’s parents were told she may have permanent brain damage and end up deaf, blind and unable to speak. Nothing could be further from the truth.

The same fighting spirit that allowed her to completely overcome this terrible disease is the samespirit that saw her win a legal studies award, be elected the first board of trustee’s student representative at her high school, win a retail award for the whole of Australasia at age 19, travel, come back and open her first company at age 26 and go on to launch SleepDrops an award winning business in NZ which is now on its way to being a major global brand.

Kirsten has never let lack of money or what other people think of her dictate who she is or who she wants to be. Kirsten is committed to supporting others to live their dreams and to make the most of every moment.

Julie Christie

Producer

Julie Christie

Producer

Julie Christie started out as a newspaper journalist before moving into television production during the late 80s and eventually setting up her own company in 1991, Touchdown Productions.

Fifteen years later Julie Christie, originally from Greymouth, had grown the business into New Zealand’s largest producer of entertainment television and exporter of program formats. By the time she sold the business to Dutch media group Eyeworks, Touchdown shows had been franchised to 29 countries.

Christie formed Touchdown Productions and within a few years had grown the business into New Zealand’s largest producer of entertainment TV, with a thriving business in exporting programme formats.

Christie has won two New Zealand Film and Television Awards for Best Entertainment Programme, two Qantas Media Awards for Best Lifestyle series, and People’s Choice Awards for Game of Two Halves and DIY Rescue. In 2012 she was annointed best director for the big-budget Kiwi version of renovation show The Block. She was the recipient of the WIFT 2004 award for international television achievement, and chaired the Government’s Screen Production Industry Taskforce. Christie was the inaugural New Zealand recipient of the prestigious global Veuve Clicquot Award, which celebrates female entrepreneurship.

In 2007 she was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

Elizabeth Harrex

Presenter

Elizabeth Harrex

Presenter

Hailing from the wee town of Lawrence in Central Otago, Elizabeth went on to travel across the Tasman with her prior job teaching dance drama and musical theatre. Over seven years she worked in Auckland, Sydney and Perth teaching students aged 2-33.

This gave her a great foundation for understanding young people and conveying information to them. For Elizabeth, one of the best things about working with youth is seeing their eyes come alive when they ‘click’ with a concept or an attitude.

Dr Mataroria Lyndon

Dr Mataroria Lyndon

Dr Mataroria Lyndon (Ngāti Hine, Ngāti Whatua, Waikato) is a Clinical Fellow for Ko Awatea, with his research field currently in health systems, while completing his PhD in medical education. He graduated from The University of Auckland and worked as a junior doctor at Middlemore Hospital. He plans to specialise in Public Health Medicine. He is passionate about enabling Maori youth into the health workforce – currently, Maori make up 15% of the New Zealand population but only 2.5% of the medical workforce. The health needs of Maori still remain the highest in New Zealand.

Mataroria enjoys whakawhanaungatanga – and Counties Manukau is an open and friendly environment for positive relationships amongst staff, patients and whanau. It is one big whanau. It also provides excellent training in clinical medicine, huge opportunities for career and personal growth. Counties has a can-do attitude, innovates, and aspires everyone to bring out their best.