Association of Administrative Professionals NZ Inc

Jehan Casinader – MC & Opening Keynote













  • Jehan’s own journey: compelling, raw and honest.

  • Real-life stories from Jehan’s journalism, about Kiwis who have overcome huge mental challenges.

  • The latest research on narrative psychology – the stories we tell ourselves, and how they affect us.

  • Practical tools to help each person create a more helpful and hopeful story for their life.

Each of us has a story about who we are. But where do those stories come from? How can we tell more helpful, hopeful stories about our lives?

Jehan Casinader, one of the New Zealand’s top TV journalists, has wrestled with these questions. While he was reporting on the Christchurch terrorist attack or filming in Hollywood, he was hiding a dark secret: a crippling struggle with depression.

In his empowering, uplifting presentations, Jeahn explains how “rewriting” his story saved his life. He teaches each person how to become the author of their own story – especially during Covid.

Jehan is a journalist, speaker, mental health advocate - and one of New Zealand’s top storytellers. A familiar face on shows like Sunday and Seven Sharp, Jehan has won major awards, including 'Broadcast Reporter of the Year' at the Voyager Media Awards, and 'Reporter of the Year' at the New Zealand Television Awards. In the aftermath of natural disasters, terror attacks, sporting triumphs and everything in between, Jehan has helped hundreds of Kiwis share their vulnerable, deeply personal stories with the rest of the country.

He is the author of 'This Is Not How It Ends: How rewriting your story can save your life' (HarperCollins).

Chris Macinstosh

– Workshop Speaker – 

Chris Macintosh is dedicated to changing the way people work by giving corporations, teams and individuals the processes, tools and behaviours to be more successful and to be better at what they do every day.

For the last 22 years Chris' company, Priority Management, has provided training which gives managers and staff the ability to focus to achieve more every day through showing them how to manage their communications, give them strategies to stay productive with constantly shifting priorities, while minimising the negative effect of day-to-day distractions.

Facilitation is Chris' strength and he has plenty of actual workplace experience to draw on. Chris takes great pride in his ability to work seamlessly with all levels of an organisation from CEO to receptionist, not only as a facilitator but also as a coach and consultant.

Chris has worked specifically with administrator professionals within Government and the private sector and understands the unique demands and challenges of these roles.

Anna Coleman

– Workshop Speaker – 

When you are being bombarded by negativity and bullied it’s really hard to speak up.

At the May Confidence webinar, members brought up many instances of bullying which is unfortunately rampant in our workplaces.

Learn tips and tricks to feel, look and sound more confident when being confronted by bullying bosses or colleagues.

We will look at being centred, breathing, mindfulness, handling anxiety, visualisation, how to structure what you want to say and how to deliver calmly and confidently.

Anna is a Confidence Coach and founder of the Confidence Company. She uses voice, structure, and mindset to unlock and unblock clients. She is a trained and experienced coach and speech and drama teacher. Currently Anna works part time with disabled children in Wairoa, Northern Hawke’s Bay, for CCS Disability Action to boost confidence and help them live their best lives.

Dee Holmes

– Keynote Speaker – 

Dee Holmes is a former lawyer turned highly skilled administrative professional. After 10 years in the legal profession, Dee made the leap to the dual role of executive assistant to the CEO and board secretary of a not-for-profit organisation. In this presentation Dee will talk about what it truly means to find career contentment. This means knowing your true value and worth, being able to resist temptation to return to what you know best and recognise possibilities for the future. In this honest and sometimes raw account of her career journey, the hope is to inspire others to find their own career contentment.

Kath Cooper

– Keynote Speaker 

Kath Cooper is a strengths-based coach whose passion is to help individuals and teams see the strengths they have and excel at what they do by knowing themselves and others better.

In this interactive fun workshop not only will you discover why you do what you do, but you will also begin to see why others do what they do - and how to all work together. Knowing the reasoning behind other people's actions make it easier to understand why they do what they do, and in turn, creates harmonious teams.

Vicky Evans

– Keynote Speaker 

With over 15 years professional experience in the corporate world, Vicky is a Certified Coach, Inspirational Speaker, Facilitator and founder of Coaching Solutions Ltd.

Her work as a personal and professional coach focuses on enabling confidence, productivity and success. Helping individuals, teams, businesses and organisations to stay engaged and motivated to achieve outstanding results.

Vicky has a passion for mentoring people who want to ‘step up’ in one or more aspect of their personal or professional lives. She provides strategies, accountability, encouragement and support and works alongside her clients to create richer more fulfilling lives.

Ian Harper

– Workshop Speaker – 

"Ian has a truly unique style that uses humour and stories to emphasise the key issues of his well-researched presentations. He believes that motivating the audience to become genuinely interested in the subject matter is the key to a successful presentation. If he can make his audience sit up and think about the subject in a positive way, and to have this continue after he has gone, he feels that he has succeeded."

Ian Harper is the founder, principal director, primary consultant, programme designer and facilitator for STEM:NZ – which stands for Systematic Training, Education and Motivation.

He has had over 25 years’ experience in the Training and Development field and has extensive experience in a variety of private, public and health related industries.

Ian has built up a very positive reputation and has spoken at various conferences, in N.Z. Australia, England and Eire where he consistently receives positive and enthusiastic feedback from participants.

He was born in England and emigrated to NZ 32 years ago. Since then, he has become well known in NZ as a leading speaker on motivation and related issues, as well as non-specific humorous observations and his easy-going style has resulted in many requests to do “after-dinner” type speeches, panel discussions and MC at various events.

Kerene Strochnetter

– Keynote Speaker – 

"It’s easy to think that freedom from stress comes from getting the ideal stress-free circumstances, when really, it’s about managing your mindset. Did anyone ever teach you how to do that?

Kerene Strochnetter is the Managing Director of Mindful at Work, bringing mindfulness into the workplace, not just to reduce stress, but to change behaviour and transform culture.

Author of ‘Crazy Busy - If busy is the new stupid, then mindful is the new smart…’ a book for people struggling with the pace and demands of modern life, who want to reconnect with what really matters.

And co-author of programs for ‘Awakened Mind’ - the world’s most technically advanced wellbeing and growth app and facilitator of The Mindful Leader.

Ngahiwi Awanui

– Keynote Speaker 

As all New Zealanders once spoke te reo Māori, so we will once again. Te reo Māori will be a living language, used proudly every day in all spheres of our lives."

Ngahiwi is te reo champion, musician, iwi radio pioneer and educationalist and current Chief Executive of Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori - The Māori Language Commission. Under his leadership Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori launched the popular Kia kaha te reo Māori brand, started the Māori Language Parades and won The Grand Prix 2021 in the IPRA Golden World Awards for Excellence (GWA), the world’s most prestigious PR awards scheme, for Te Wā Tuku Reo Māori - The Māori Language Moment. Prior to joining Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori, Ngahiwi served as Deputy Director Māori at Ako Aotearoa, was a Board member of the NZ Music Commission and managed Radio Ngāti Porou before establishing the Māori Media Network.

Farah Palmer

– Keynote Speaker 

"I’d describe myself as an ‘academic introverted rugbyhead’ who has always had this lofty aspiration of making a difference to Māori and women in particular, but wasn’t sure how to go about this! Through governance I have found my voice as a tempered radical, and am excited about the transformation rugby, sport and myself are experiencing at the moment."

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