Our speakers

Our speakers are highly trained in their areas of parenting and provide practical, entertaining and inspiring presentations. They understand the needs of the audience and speak directly to them. People leave our events inspired with a wealth of information and a vision for their future. With a great pool of speakers, we can provide an excellent presenter for your event and topic.

Dave Atkinson

Dave has been involved in youth work for many years and has spoken to thousands of young people at high schools, youth events, on radio, at camps and at church services.

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James Beck

James Beck has been involved with Attitude, the youth education division of Parenting Place since 2007 and during that time he has spoken to more than 170,000 young people.

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Jenny Hale

Jenny is passionate about parenting and knows how to encourage and equip parents with skills and ideas that make parenting easier and more enjoyable. Jenny has been a parent for more than 30 years.

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John Cowan

John joined Parenting Place in late 1995 as a seminar presenter and author. He writes much of Parenting Place’s material. including Hot Tips Events and Toolbox manuals, Attitude material and resources, and articles for Parenting magazine.

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Joy Sluiters

Joy had an education background before joining Parenting Place in 2010. She is a Family Coach working with families of children aged 0-12 years and a regular presenter of events.

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Nick Tuitasi

Nick Tuitasi Q.S.M. is our Pacific Island presenter for the Pasifika programmes. He is a gifted orator, who takes his audience on an exciting visual journey, weaving in true life challenges and research.

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Pio Terei

Pio’s appearances as a comedian, actor, radio show host, musician and performer over the last decade have established him as one of New Zealand’s most popular television and radio entertainers.

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Te Karere Scarborough

Prior to becoming our programme director, Te Karere was the manager of the Attitude programme and travelled the country presenting the Attitude programme in New Zealand high schools.

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Petra Bagust

Petra has enjoyed a stellar broadcasting career over the last 20 years, fronting a wide range of successful series including national and international programs.

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