Surviving wolves with vegetables

2014 kicked off with a hiss and roar, but why is Mr Mushroom giving a speech?

The big un-wrap

That’s it. That’s a wrap for 2013. Tonight was the end of year round-up – a chance to have a bit of fun with our wider Toastmaster friends and family.

Summer, Leadership and tea-towel undies

And just like that it was December. The home-straight for the year. But tonight’s meeting couldn’t be further from a wind-down, with two incredible prepared speeches, a manic table topics session and who could forget Inka’s incredible caramel… Read More


An evening of tips, tricks and traps – tonight’s workshop evening had something for everyone.  Running two concurrent tracks, we went from session to session, learning, discussing and taking notes along the way. Dave Y ran a practical… Read More

Parihaka & The Nod

From the powerful to the light-hearted, tonight’s session was engaging, fun & educational. Toastmaster Dave Brierly had punctuality in mind from the outset and with a concise introduction we were straight into Dave Young’s Bard, an account of… Read More

Engineering, new leaves & a ginger cat called chocky

The agenda was action-packed with three speeches, a 20 minute supper and a presentation to boot – and it was well worth every minute.  For those who haven’t heard, Dave Young took out the Toastmasters New Zealand Humorous… Read More

Growing without notes, African icebreaking & Taiaha action

In the words of our general evaluator Dave Young, tonight was “professional, well presented and well prepared”. Well done all! It was a special occasion for Tim tonight, as he presented his final CC speech, “Growth”. Speaking on… Read More

Diwali MC & dreams around the dash

Toastmaster Rohit set us off tonight with a fantastic recount of what it was like to be MC for five thousand people at last weekend’s Diwali Festival. Well done Toastmaster Rohit! Tonight’s bard was from Marg, a great… Read More

Desire of a real job with children

We shook things up a little with a chair-and-table approach to tonight’s meeting, lead by able-Toastmaster Scott. Inka warmed us up with an insightful reading on the mind and brain exercises, before Dave B introduced the word of… Read More

Horsing around with football & gunpowder

A truely lively evening, with plenty of laughs, and as Jan pointed out in her evaluation, an almost reminiscent theme of our childhoods – explosions, childhood dreams, sports teams & flying beds. We had three blinding speeches tonight,… Read More