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"Ancient Wisdom, Modern Solutions"

Recipient of the NSA’s New Zealand’s Master of Ceremonies of the Year and Inspirational Speaker of the Year awards, Ngahihi o te ra Bidois has transformed audiences internationally, bringing them empowering messages that transcend cultural boundaries. A Māori leader, entrepreneur and changemaker, he is “The Face of New Zealand” and is renowned for combining centuries of tradition with his extensive industry and business experience, to teach the power of ancient wisdom as modern solutions.

Ngahi (Na He) lives in Rotorua, New Zealand, which is the Maori Cultural Tourist capital of the world. His full indigenous Maori name is Ngahihi o te ra and means "The Rays of the Sun," a name bestowed on him by Maori elders before he was born. Childhood experiences with tourists from all over the world provided Ngahi with an understanding of their cultures.

Ngahi brings an outstanding wealth of expertise to his international audiences—from managing a multinational oil company to running his own successful business, or heading the School of Māori Studies, Journalism, Fashion, Arts at the Waiariki Institute of Technology, to advocating for change within the New Zealand health system as an elected member of the Lake District Health Board. With a Master’s in Education, Ngahi’s academic career has also included lecturing at teachers' college and teaching accounting, economics and business studies.

During his dedicated studies and fast-tracking in business, Ngahi had come to a crossroads and was compelled to rekindle his Maori roots and learn the language. His subsequent journey to reclaim his language was paramount to a deeper understanding of many values embedded within the Maori culture—honour, leadership, respect, and courage—and himself as a Māori person.

For Ngahi, there is immense beauty, power, and perspectives carried in words and language; as language permeates throughout the community, so too does the possibility for transformational change in our societies.

 

  • Indigenous Perspectives: “Ancient Wisdom, Modern Solutions”

    We are all given opportunities to lead, but do we make the most of those opportunities? Leadership requires influence, and influence requires engagement, enablement, and empowerment to develop our personal and professional leadership. Sharing his professional leadership experiences and belief that anyone can lead, Ngahihi will inspire you with his principles and journey.


    In this presentation, audiences will discover:

    • The keys to engaging, enabling, and empowering the self and leadership practices 
    • The ancient knowledge from the Maori culture and the power it holds to transcend cultural boundaries
    • Ngahihi’s powerful story of reclaiming his Maori identity and relearning the language
  • "Ngahi was our motivational speaker at the RAMS National conference in Queenstown, and he was exceptional. Ngahi was able to tell his story in an engaging, moving and often humorous way, but most importantly always and cleverly related it back to our business and the individuals within the business."

    – World #1 Real Estate Company RAMS

    "(Ngahihi)He was very inspirational, and down to earth, he challenged everyone on a personal level, so much so that he moved many delegates to tears. He was able to do this because of the immediate rapport he was able to build with the delegates….within minutes of his talk commencing he had the audience captivated. All delegates walked away, moved, inspired, motivated and focused. We couldn’t have asked for more."

    – Anthony Ziino, National Best Practice Manager, RAMS Financial Group

    "Ngahihi o te ra Bidois was one of the keynote speakers at our annual Urology Nurses Conference. His presentation on leadership was perfectly presented, extremely appropriate and delightfully entertaining. He captured the essence of our conference theme and as such, connected with our delegates on a professional and personal level. Our delegates feedback confirmed these factors and one of the words used most to describe his presentation was inspirational."

    – Pene Meiklejohn, coordinator Urology Nurses Conference

    "Ngahi’s work in Cornwall, UK helped us to see a different perspective of what we often take for granted – the Cornish one. It showed us the power of using what we already had in our business and allowed us to build on it. Cornwall is now used as a key theme for our recruitment drive for both students and staff, and this theme has been used to build pride in the organisation."

    – John-Paul Eatock, Learning and Development Manager Cornwall College

    "Ngahi’s presentation was fantastic – poignant, humorous, interactive, authentic and inspiring. ... In short, our event was such a huge success because of Ngahi and his involvement. His ability to engage a crowd combined with his simple messages ensures that guests love every minute. Subsequent to the event, engagement with those who attended has been fantastic – there is a commonality that was not there previously and this good will is sure to assist our business in the future."

    – Ian Jordan Director The Selector Group

    "Ngahihi o te ra Bidois inspires conference delegates to "lift their game." …Over 90 per cent of the respondents have fed back that the conference helped them identify ways that they could more effectively contribute toward achieving the 2025 goal. Many people stated that for them those 'ways' and a lot of inspiration came from (Ngahihi) presentation."

    – Dr Jan Pearson, Chair National Tobacco control working group

    "I would not hesitate to recommend Ngahihi o te ra Bidois to future clients who are looking for an inspirational and motivating speaker."

    – Association of College and University Housing Officers’ Conference

    "Ngahi shared his personal experiences, with such conviction and emotion that the audience was brought to tears. His key messages were powerful and resonated strongly with all our managers, encouraging them to reflect on their own personal and professional leadership."

    "Ngahi was such a strong motivating speaker – he had me mesmerized!"

    "The whakatauki that Ngahi shared was so very relevant to our philosophy and his advice to 'pick an eagle' was so meaningful to me."

    – South Island Evolve Education Group Conference Participants

    "Independent Schools of New Zealand was privileged to have Ngahihi o te ra Bidois as a Keynote Speaker at the 2015 Annual Conference. Ngahihi o te ra Bidois speech entitled 'Ancient Wisdom Modern Solutions for Collaborative Leaders' was very well received by conference delegates and was our highest ranked speaker at this conference."

    "Ngahihi o te ra Bidois presentation – thought provoking, personally challenging, inspirational"

    "Some very good speakers. Particularly Ngahihi … who were outstanding"

    – Independent Schools of New Zealand

    "Tremendous story. I enjoyed very much a great life lesson here for us all." (Chicago)

    "Incredibly inspiring Speaker Enjoyed the message." (Singapore)

    "I loved it!!" (Sydney)

    "Blew my mind!" (New Zealand)

    "One word. WOW!" (Dallas)

    "Fantastic!" (Los Angeles)

    "Ngahi connected with the audience…perfect!" (Brisbane)

    "A+ speaker. I was very moved by the emotion and electricity of his manner and honesty. Amazing! Inspiring! I will always think back to him at certain times of my life." (Seattle)

    – Entrepreneurs Organisation International Conference delegates

  • Awards/Highlights

    • Speaker of the Year – New Zealand National Speakers Association (Auckland)
    • Inspirational Speaker of the Year – New Zealand National Speakers Association (Auckland)
    • Master of Ceremonies of the Year – New Zealand National Speakers Association (Auckland)
    • Bright Star Speaker of the Year – New Zealand National Speakers Association (Auckland)
  • Clients

    • Google New York
    • Price Waterhouse Coopers Australia [PWC]
    • Western Australian Regional Local Government
    • Forty Winks, Australia
    • The Warehouse, NZ
    • Tertiary Education Management Conference
    • BDO NZ, NZSTA
    • Conventions and Incentives NZ
    • Cornwall College (Tertiary)
    • Kidicorp NZ
    • Spot On Publications
    • Chamber of Commerce Conference NZ
    • RAMS Financial Group
    • AIR New Zealand
    • Godfrey Pembroke- Financial Advice Specialists
    • Tourism Export council of New Zealand

Ngahi (Na He) lives in Rotorua, New Zealand, which is the Maori Cultural Tourist capital of the world. His full indigenous Maori name is Ngahihi o te ra and means "The Rays of the Sun," a name bestowed on him by Maori elders before he was born. Childhood experiences with tourists from all over the world provided Ngahi with an understanding of their cultures.

Ngahi brings an outstanding wealth of expertise to his international audiences—from managing a multinational oil company to running his own successful business, or heading the School of Māori Studies, Journalism, Fashion, Arts at the Waiariki Institute of Technology, to advocating for change within the New Zealand health system as an elected member of the Lake District Health Board. With a Master’s in Education, Ngahi’s academic career has also included lecturing at teachers' college and teaching accounting, economics and business studies.

During his dedicated studies and fast-tracking in business, Ngahi had come to a crossroads and was compelled to rekindle his Maori roots and learn the language. His subsequent journey to reclaim his language was paramount to a deeper understanding of many values embedded within the Maori culture—honour, leadership, respect, and courage—and himself as a Māori person.

For Ngahi, there is immense beauty, power, and perspectives carried in words and language; as language permeates throughout the community, so too does the possibility for transformational change in our societies.

 

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Language: English

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