Speakers + Presenters

Co-founder of Voices of Hope

Having overcome childhood abuse and multiple suicide attempts, Jazz Thornton has now dedicated her life to speaking hope and creating change in the area of mental health through her organisation Voices of Hope. Her unique experience and practical message has gained worldwide recognition, being shared through media, international speaking engagements and now through a new feature documentary film. Jazz is also currently directing a new TV series based around suicide that will air in March 2019. Living by the saying “it’s not about battling your past but fighting for your future” she believes that no matter what your going through it is possible to get through when you learn how to stop surviving and start fighting.

Personal Development Manager, The Highlanders

A one test All Black with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Diploma in Theology and Religious Studies, Mark currently works as the Personal Development Manager with the Highlanders rugby team. He loves a good yarn, a good book and going on adventures with his wife Sarah and two sons Thomas and Fergus.

5th Year Clinical Pyschology Student

Following her own experience with severe depression in her first year of uni, Tess is an Otago student whose personal mission is normalise the experience of psychological struggle and to illustrate the power of a passionate, educated and activated student body.

Founder, Awaken Meditation and Mindfulness

Vicky has created a personal development journey that is unique,  holistic, modernised, and open to people of all ages, stages and backgrounds. Awaken gives you the techniques to understand thought processes, to let go of limiting and self-sabotaging beliefs and therefore feel comfortable in your own skin, and most importantly your own mind. Vicky has a knack of taking ideas and manifesting them into reality, and quick!