The Distinguished Speaker Series

Throughout the 18 month BEST Pasifika Leadership Programme you will be able to hear some of New Zealand's most experienced and respected leaders share their wisdom and insights. These distinguished people have transformed New Zealand's landscape in diverse ways and continue to influence and challenge our thinking.

The Distinguished Speaker Series is a powerful feature within the Programme and includes:

2014 Series


Mark Powell
CEO The Warehouse

“My Personal Journey”

2012 Series


Tony Falkenstein
Chief Executive of Red Eagle Corp Ltd and Bartercard NZ

“Confessions of an Entrepreneur”

Kevin Roberts,

Kevin Roberts,
CEO Worldwide Saatchi & Saatchi

“When the Going Gets Tough”

Dr Lester Levy

Dr Lester Levy
Adjunct Professor of Leadershop
Auckland University of Auckland
Business School

“If the answer is leadership, what is the question?”

2013 Series

Lester Binns

Lester Binns

“Primary Lessons for an Entrepreneur”

Dr Teuila Percival

Dr Teuila Percival
Head of Pacific Health & Senior Lecturer
The University of Auckland

“Pacific Children ~ Keeping Promises, Measuring Results”

Robert Oliver

Robert Oliver
Chef Ambassador Le Cordon Bleu

“The Power of Pacific Cuisine”