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This event occurred on
April 19, 2015
12:00am - 8:00pm NZST
(UTC +12hrs)
Queenstown, Otago
New Zealand

‘illumination’ conjures up a raft of images for us all; spark, growth, ideas, transition, stimulation, concept.

1 Memorial St
Queenstown, Otago, 9300
New Zealand
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Cam Calkoen

No one can walk or talk at birth but some people like him are presented with this likelihood for the rest of their lives. He chose to defy the odds and now he has the opportunity to showcase what can be achieved when we see opportunity, clarify purpose and enhance an inspired attitude. He was born wtih cerebral palsy but today the only label he needs is his name.

Caroline Dean

Caroline is a knowledgeable, skilled consultant and facilitator with a background in criminal justice sociology. She specialises in assisting organisations to develop multifaceted competencies and systems around preventing workplace conflict. She offers organisations an insightful approach into conflict and is committed to building respectful collaboration workplace cultures. She has always been interested by power, how it is constructed, used and misused.

Dane Barclay

Dane works with Olympic and Commonwealth Games medalists, touring professionals, elite athletes and multinational companies to understand how to thrive under pressure and get the best out of themselves. Dane is a performance psychologist specialising in determination and discipline.

Dorenda Britten

Helping organisations to shape ideas that will shape tomorrow, Dorenda empowers teams to create unique products, services and systems to solve problems and enhance the lives of real people. The goal being develop a set of design thinking tools that reflect the uniqueness of New Zealand.

Graeme James

Learning violin from seven years of age Graeme taught himself guitar, bass and mandolin and then bought his first loop station in 2010. Throwing caution to the wind he then decided to become a full time musician, performing exstensively around NZ and abroad. His most committed following is in Queenstown and through playing here, he has received countless opportunities for travellers to take his music home.

Jamie Fitzgerald

Jamie is a modern day adventurer who pushes boundaries of human endurance and helps others to demonstrate their principal of success. Jamie has walked unaided to the South Pole, holds the world record for rowing across the Atlantic Ocean, is a double New Zealand representative, fronts the TV documentary series First Crossings and Intrepid NZ and is CEO of a management consulting business.

Leslie Van Gelder

Growing up with a strong mix of wild places and thorough exposure to the arts, Leslie today is an archaeologist and writer whose work focusses on the themes of intimacy, sense of place, vision and wisdom. Originally from the USA, Leslie now calls Glenorchy her home and from there she has quite a few different occupations. University professor, archaeologist, communications and culture consultant.

Lydia Kan

Lydia works globally as a leadership development and executive coach, giving her the flexibility to do the work she loves in many places in the world. 'Downshifting' a few years ago so she didn't need to work all the hours to maintain a car, house and belongings so Lydia can now work on short assignments all over the world to help build a better world.

Marcus Winter

Known as “The Sand Man” – NZ artist Marcus Winter, captivates audiences with sand and a brush stroke - creating creating thought provoking messages. His work is an extraordinary representation of his Maori roots. It blurs the line between conventional painting, street art and theatrical performance. Placing sand on a lightbox and manipulating it with his hands to create images that morph into amazing stories.

Mark Balla

After several years working as a travel writer and then establishing his own business, Mark found himself as a board member for a company...in India. During one of the frequent trips that he made from his home in Melbourne he unravelled an issue too large to ignore. Some years later Mark discovered that the best job he has ever had doesn't pay a cent but may just save lives.

Organizing team


Queenstown, New Zealand
  • Jen Middleton
  • Jane Guy
    Social Digital
  • Scott Kennedy
    Stage, Design
  • Mo Rush
  • Murray Strong
    Speaker coach
  • Ronnie B
  • Katerina Cerna
    F & B
  • Andrew Young
    Guest Experience
  • Heather M
    Speaker liason
  • Dani Rush
    Guest Experience
  • Gillian Leake
  • Bethany Rogers
  • Naomi Lindsay
  • Zoe Gapper