Thursday, 8 — Sunday, 11 September 2022

Marquee speakers

We are proud to introduce the following Marquee speakers

PNZ Cam Calkoen V2

Cam Calkoen

Cam Calkoen dreams of a world where everyone is inspired to embrace their 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 that will propel it into the future.

No one can walk and talk at birth. Some people like Cam, are presented with this likelihood for the rest of their lives. He chose to defy the odds, and now showcases what can be achieved when we identify a challenge, leverage our opportunities and uniqueness, and indeed live for awesome!

Born with Cerebral Palsy Cam was told that his biggest challenges would be the way he walks and talks, he dreamed big becoming an athletic gold medallist, highly effective charitable fundraiser, social entrepreneur and now a globally renowned inspirational speaker who ignites a connection and clarity between inspiration, dreams and people. Through strength of human attitude and potential Cam chose to embrace the challenges he was born with and harnesses his gifts to live in the pursuit of excellence and make life as awesome as it can be.

He is a living example that life is what we make it, and the values needed to achieve awesomeness are simple - we need to believe! In doing so, we leave no stone unturned. Through charisma, stories and artistic flair Cam's presence sees people identify the unturned stones on the path, he ignites, inspires, enlightens and delights others by modelling what it looks like to dream big and achieve more!

PNZ Jennifer Ward Lealand

Jennifer Ward-Lealand

Jennifer Te Atamira Ward-Lealand is the First Lady of New Zealand theatre, she's an actor, director, Te Reo Māori advocate and a union campaigner for actors. Over the last 40 years, the award-winning actress has amassed a list of stage and screen performance credits that would make the Encyclopaedia Britannica seem short. She toured New Zealand and abroad with Harry Sinclair and Don McGlashan in music-theatre group The Front Lawn, starred to international acclaim in melodrama film Desperate Remedies and was a core-cast member in high-rating comedy sketch Full Frontal. Over the last 20 years, Jennifer has directed film, musical and theatre, as well as working as an intimacy coordinator for screen and stage. Jennifer was made a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit, and later was appointed as a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her contributions to theatre, film and television.

Despite being non-Māori, Jennifer has dedicated a lot of her time to learning and promoting the importance to Te Reo Māori in New Zealand. This contributed to her being named the 2020 Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year.