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every website has a page like this - where we share some of the feedback we get after working with our clients... we know we are only as good as our last event or project. We've had some wonderful clients and worked on some awesome events and projects where we have provided event, mc, entertainment, media and pr, speaking and team building services...

John McKenzie from enthuse has a wide range of media and event experience and skills, and there’s good reason his business is named enthuse. John is passionate and very enthusiastic about delivering for his clients, whether it’s a media campaign or event and entertainment. John helps his clients successfully talk to and with their audiences. He understands what may work and what may be effective and has the media network and contacts to get his clients heard. John and his enthuse team deliver fantastic event services that always seems to exceed expectations. He is creative, and always looking for ways to make an impact, either as an MC, speaker and motivator or with entertainment and team building services. Ultimately John and his company enthuse are in the business of creating memories and provide profile and engagement opportunities for his clients and he always delivers, with a good dose of enthusiasm!
Lincoln Booth, General Manager Cookie Time

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The Singers Waiters were brilliant. As a Conference Organiser we are always striving to provide our clients with the very best entertainment we can find, and The Singers Waiters were a huge hit. We would recommend any one looking for a superb evening of laughs and entertainment to book The Singing Waiters.
Tony Laker – House of Travel conferencing & events management 

John and his team made for a fantastic night , I had nothing but positive comments from all who attended our dinner and were “served” by the Singing Waiters. John and his team were able to shape their mode of operation to suit our needs and adapt to small changes made prior to the event and during the evening . They were witty , understood their audience and had many confused as to whether they were indeed actually waiters who can sing a bit or just some poorly trained waiter trying to make a living. I hope at some stage we can use them again
Angus Gardiner , Crusaders Team Manager

The Singing Waiters are a joy to work with, their enthusiasm is infectious, their ability to adapt to changing situations and their exuberance for making our event the best it could be made the night a success. I would thoroughly recommend this team of talented performers to give your evening the wow factor and a night people will remember. They make awesome memories.
Sally Chesterfield; Rural Fire Authority

We rolled out the red carpet and paparazzi to add a point of difference to our Silvermoon Tactix End of Season Awards Dinner. John and the team from enthuse went above and beyond to engage with our guests from the moment they arrived at the venue through to the end of the evening, providing fantastic entertainment and live music throughout. The evening was a great success, with John and his team adapting to the audience and our needs. We would highly recommend enthuse for your next function!
Sally Hayes, Netball Mainland Events and Business Relationships Manager

John McKenzie is an excellent MC he was able to adapt to the evenings events and was enthusiastic in offering suggestions in how we could improve the event. John is also a warm hearted and kind person who makes you feel like your event is special The singing waiters also provide an amazing performance which makes the evening memorable and creates an event with real wow factor.
Sally Chesterfield; Rural Fire Authority 

We had John and his team provide ‘outstanding’ entertainment for a Triple 70th Celebration in Hamilton – wow I can’t explain how fantastic the entire experience was, from the initial contact with John where we discussed the many options he can offer, to the concise organisaiton and communication of how the event would run. John made three magnificence wardrobe changes throughout the evening, from crazy paparazzi on red carpet, to professional MC in a black dinner suit and into a outrageous Rocky Horror number. This had our guests questioning all night who he was and still many guests didn’t know it was the same person. The singing waiters were also fantastic and totally had our guests fooled, but so entertaining. Stories of the evening are still being discussed and many laughs still had. I would certainly recommend John and his enthuse company.
Amber Maisey. Maisey Group 

Foodstuffs South Island Limited engaged the services of enthuse for our Management Academy Graduation. enthuse provided a “paparazzi/red carpet” experience, MCing and live music for the evening. The night was a great success and John and his team did a fantastic job at getting everyone up on the dance floor and having fun. enthuse were very professional and great to deal with from the suggestions they gave at the planning phase through to the night itself. 
Debbie Behrnes, Training and Development Manager Foodstuffs South Island

We wanted to add something really special to National Primary Sector Conference gala night, and enthuse’s Singing waiters certainly delivered. In fact, they exceeded our expectations providing a fantastic night of humour, comedy and real entertainment for the dance floor, once they revealed themselves as the ‘stand in’ band. They were so engaging and ‘realistic’ as they played their waiters roles, each with quite distinct personalities, that really made the evening and had everyone wondering about the ‘special’ waiters working. Once they took to the stage the reveal was fabulous and then they provided a great variety of all the best classic songs to enjoy and dance to, which got everyone up on the dance floor - we didn’t want to stop. The Singing waiters ability to provide full night of entertainment that covers improvisation and acting and then a band is fantastic. We had great feedback and can’t wait to use enthuse again in the future.
Alison Buck, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand 

We’re delighted with the overall success of the National Primary Sector Conference and would like to thank you and your amazing team of Singing Waiters for your time and contribution in supporting this event. Here is the participants’ feedback relating to your wonderful entertainment:
Satisfaction rating: 100%

• Great night out
• Entertainment was great, food was great. Awesome night. Well done for getting that many accountants on the dance floor!
• Was amusing watching the fake waiters and waitress and seeing people's expressions. I cottoned on pretty quick so this was an added amusement factor for me.
• Entertainment and company was great :)
• Great night
• Loved the interaction from the entertainers earlier on.
• Great night. Entertainment was excellent - something different
• Absolutely Fantastic! All of it! Had a wonderful time!
• Fantastic meal, fantastic entertainment and fantastic company. Very good night
• Unfortunately I was ill and didn't attend but heard lots of good things about the night - gutted I missed it!
Alison Buck
Conference Coordinator, Lifelong Learning

One woman at my table went from “that’s outrageous. That waiter is so unprofessional and should be reported!” to “wow, what a professional act; so funny and so much fun”. All in about half an hour. Your team were excellent and made our conference Gala Dinner a great success. Plenty of delegates were raving about it the next day.
Peter Reynolds, Chief Executive Officer Early Childhood Council

The night was fantastic and your team were just amazing.
James Chatterley, Event Dynamics

Sport Southland has called on the services of Enthuse twice now, for the ILT Southland Sports Awards. Both occasions have been huge successes, and we have had overwhelmingly positive feedback about their performances. As the singing waiters they were a surprise hit, and as the paparazzi they were an entertaining and fun addition to the programme. The team at Enthuse have complemented our awards functions perfectly; adding an element of fun to what is otherwise a reasonably formal evening. Not only do they provide fantastic entertainment, but they really make a huge difference to the atmosphere and the vibe of the whole awards evening. John is easy to deal with, understands our audience and caters exactly to that. Sport Southland would have no hesitation in recommending Enthuse.
Brendon McDermott, Chief Executive Sport Southland

Our aim was to have an evening of entertainment, humour and fun – we were not disappointed and would recommend the The Singing Waiters. 
Mike Grant - Southern Rural Fire Authority. Forest and Rural Fire Association of NZ Annual Conference Dinner

Good communication in lead-up to event, delivered what was promised and carried off entertainment act superbly. Guests enjoyed the act immensely, many asked if they could keep going!
Workplace Savings NZ

It was a pleasure working with yourself and Jimmy. From my point of view it was well researched, organised and carried out. You looked at our requirements and fitted a brief to that which not only suited and was tailored to our organisation, but was enjoyable on the night. I think your skills as a DJ are not to go understated, you both managed to get up and then keep all our staff on the dance floor, which I didn’t think we’d achieve at the casino. Once again, thanks for all your efforts
Danicia Manning, Synlait Milk

On behalf of Blacks Fasteners ltd I would like to thank John for his fantastic presentation, You Are Your Brand; everybody got a lot out of it. I also want to thank both John and Aaron for the fun events they put on and for creating and managing the competition surrounding the afternoon's activities. The way they choose the groups, and the events, to suite all levels of fitness - and the humour that went with it - was unbelievable and meant we had a fantastic team building afternoon. It will be a long time remembered so I would recommend enthuse to any organisation.
Roger Black, Managing Director, Blacks Fasteners

enthuse were fantastic to work with, taking our ideas and developing them into a night everyone thoroughly enjoyed. The team were very friendly and approachable and managed to engage everyone in the game show activities. Once the “70’s nightclub” kicked off they kept everyone entertained including bringing out a shock special guest. We would highly recommend enthuse, they were great to work with and we will be in touch for the next event.
Matt Engel, Sinclair Knight Merz

I would like to take the opportunity to thank you for making our General Management Conference Dinner such a success. We were particularly impressed with how you customised the Act of playing a Magazine Editor. Our brief was detailed and specific to our needs, so we were impressed that you were flawlessly able to play the role without a hiccup. The attendees were completely fooled and found the experience to be hilarious, where they are still talking about it today! I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending you to corporate groups, who are looking for that “something different” for their function. Thanks again John, look forward to having you again another time. 
Bronwyn Knutson, Regional Human Resources Manager - New Zealand, Mantra Group (Peppers Resorts)  

Fantastic night had by all. The Singing Waiters really knew how to engage our particular audience whether it be with their waitering antics or on the stage! Out of all the tournaments we have attended throughout the country, this has by far been the best Saturday night entertainment especially when one of our own made an impromptu guest appearance as the 4th singing waiter! Thanks for the fabulous night, it obviously didn’t stop us from playing well the next day with the Southland team winning the tournament!
Rosie de Goldi, Evergreen Masters Softball

The Singing Waiters were a brilliant addition to our awards evening. They provided humour and entertainment to the night, which was exactly what we were after. As waiters they were hilarious and as entertainment they were fantastic. John understood our crowd and worked with that. The transition from waiters to entertainment worked wonderfully and there was a great crowd up on the dance floor – we never thought we’d see the limbo at our awards evening, but with the Singing Waiters you have to expect the unexpected! We have had hugely positive feedback about the function, with plenty of comments on the Singing Waiters and how they really helped make the awards evening such a success. We would not hesitate to recommend John and his team for any function.
Richard Hoskin, CEO, Sport Southland

Foodstuffs South Island Ltd was very pleased to engage the services of enthuse and their 'Singing Waiters' for our 2012 Management Academy Graduation evening. From their planning processes through to the entertainment on the evening I found John and his team to provide exception service and entertainment. Their 'Singing Waiters' act is professional, comical, creative and ultimately hilariously entertaining.
Arron Perriam, Manager of Organisational Training & Development, Foodstuffs

Thanks to enthuse for a wonderful afternoon and evening. The support leading up to the event was exceptional with input into many aspects of the function, going above and beyond just to make it easier for the organisers. They were flexible, friendly and easy to contact whilst being highly professional. The event went superbly well and I continued to have great feedback for weeks. Our staff were particularly complimentary about enthuse as the entertainment for the event above all else. enthuse's entertainment actually managed to get everyone livened up and dancing – no mean feat for a typically conservative bunch. Thanks for your input and enthusiasm (naturally!) – wouldn’t have been the same without enthuse there. We would certainly recommend enthuse for any size function, informal or formal. A huge thank you!!
Grace Ryan, Sinclair Knight Merz

We recently engaged enthuse to organise the entertainment to celebrate our 30th Anniversary in business. John was fantastic, energised and motivated to make the night a great success, and what a night it was! The atmosphere right from the start with the red carpet and paparazzi through to partying with the band was one of laughter and fun. John was a fantastic MC with our “This is your life” theme, and boy can he sing! With Enthuse I believe the difference is that not only do they organise everything, but they are the entertainment from start to finish. I truly believe that our 30th Anniversary was one of the best nights I have ever had.
Jane Diver – Peter Diver Plumbing & Drainage Ltd

Thanks for a wonderful event up at Hanmer Springs. We have had great feedback from everyone that attended the dinner, they thoroughly enjoyed the evening and the entertainment provided by you and your team. It can sometimes be quite a challenge getting people up on the dance floor, but you guys did a fantastic job and had everyone up and joining in right till the end of the night. The way you managed to embrace our Magical theme within our budget was also great, highly creative and really added to the night. I hope we will have the opportunity to work with you and the team again for another highly creative, entertaining and fun evening! Jenny Docherty, Marketing Consultant NCS

Thanks for a fantastic evening, the whole team had a great night out. There has been much talk about this in the office this morning and everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves. We are a diverse group with a lot of different people in the keep over half of us there until 12:00 when you finished, was a testimony to your musical prowess. It reminded me again, that you just can't beat live music. An evening like this was much needed and you absolutely nailed it. Thanks from all of us here.
Brendon Furness - Commercial Manager, Retail, Meridian Energy Limited

John McKenzie of enthuse helped me to organise an afternoon of fun and relaxation for 40 people from Marriotts Limited and the day was a great success. John is the consummate professional who is always well prepared and he has lots of many good ideas for planning a function such as we had. John’s energy in running the function is also a great asset when considering his services.
Alan Sharr, Principal

The Singing Waiters team were fabulous. In their role as waiters they certainly grabbed everyone’s attention – from ditzy to lazy to totally in-your-face! People were commenting on how inappropriate they were but still had no idea they weren’t part of the restaurant waiting team. Aaron as the officious, very camp, busy-body waiter was excellent and John doing his Frankenfurter act was priceless. And I was amazed to see EVERYONE up dancing at one point.
Sonia Kennedy, Event Manager

Video feedback from the Rural Health conference about the Singing Waiters

I am still listening to stories from all of the guests about the individual experiences with the Singing Waiters and it is surprising just how many guests still do not understand that they were paid entertainers...yes, many thought that Ruby and Reuben were simply two very talented waiters who stepped in to help us out!!! Some of the 'smarter' guests immediately twigged once Courteney and Aaron belted out the first song (fantastic voices BTW) but everyone enjoyed singing and dancing the night away...there was even a conga line at one stage. We were more than satisfied with the Singing Waiters entertainment and how the evening turned out, it was exactly as we had hoped and many guests commenting it was one of the best or the best wedding they had ever attended. I'd have to agree with that myself!
Sienna Pat

enthuse and John covered lots of different roles for a series of First National Real Estate's regional conferences. See and hear what First National GM John Stewart had to say about enthuse and John

We enlisted the help of the enthuse team at two of our conferences 2009 and in 2011. Both events were not only fantastically memorable but great fun for our delegates. Everyone was pulled into the spirit of celebration egged on by the enthuse team ensuring it was a great night of laughter and fun. Both events were uniquely different, surprising and delighting those who attended. Thanks enthuse!
Lantana Wallcroft, TripleJump

A huge thank you to you and your team for your huge contribution to our staff conference. You were the glue that held all of our key activities and themeing together and certainly added the "fun" element to the 3 days. You were fantastic to work with from concept to execution of the event, and I had every confidence that you could deliver what we wanted from Day 1. Thanks again and I look forward to working with you again in the future.
Donna Harper Arnott's NZ Ltd

feedback from a First National Real Estate Conference in Wellington:

event Management
John made our awards evening a breeze (again). Its usually the most stressful part of our entire conference, but with Johns involvement the past 2 years, things have been easier, run smoother and his attention to detail added that "little something extra" that gets overlooked in the greater planning of everything. Thanks sooooo much for all your help, and we look forward to working with you next year and beyond. Cant wait to see what you come up with next!

Thank you once again for your total involvement in our conference in Wellington. Our delegates loved your presentations during the day, and were amazed during the evenings. The singing waiters were a real hit, not one of our delegates realised they were not part of the hotel staff, even after they got on the stage singing! It wasn't until the following evening that most delegates realised they were actually part of the organised entertainment and not just overly keen waiters - brilliant!!
Gina Fowler, Membership Services Manager, First National Real Estate.

enthuse and the Singing Waiters were not only a delight to work with, but an absolute success to the event. The Waiters did an amazing job of staying completely in characters even when countless complaints were coming in on how poor their wait skills were. But from my side, hilarious to watch! And then when they broke into song, you could see the smiles on all the faces in the audience. I would recommend them time and time again!
Samantha Stirling, Operations & Special Events Manager, Exclusive Events NZ Ltd  

Thank you so much for the service you provided at the Meridian Christmas Party on the night of Saturday 5th December. The feedback that we’re receiving is all good. Everyone seemed to be entertained, I saw people dance that I thought couldn’t even move. The night was definitely a huge success and most definitely was down a lot to you and your team. You did a fantastic job and really ensured that every table got involved throughout the night. Thanks again for your service and we will be sure to keep you in mind for future events.
Emma Wooding, Meridian Energy Limited

feedback from Marisa Maloney from large Australian company Orica Chemnet follows - enthuse covered a few areas and bases for this conference:
enthuse organised their entertainment and  team building activities for their leadership team conference and provided the theming, event concept and MC for their awards evening.

Singing Waiters 
Your waiters had everyone fooled and complaining to me about the interesting, yet entertaining, service they were receiving. But once, the reveal happened, the mood in the room was electric. I can’t believe you had them all up singing and dancing by the end of the night! What a great way to kick off the conference and set the mood for the next 2 days.

Lightning Scripts - Lights! Camera! Action!
The feedback I received from our staff after their stint behind the camera has been nothing but positive. You captured and engaged our leaders (and they certainly are a varied bunch) in a way that left them wanting more! Perhaps we have some “actors” in the making. We even had them fooled into thinking the videos would not be ready for a couple of weeks. Instead, you edited them overnight in readiness for the big finale on the following evening and I know this was done under extremely difficult circumstances. So thankyou for the professionalism and commitment you all displayed to ensure that the “show did go on”.

Oscars Night
What a way to end our 2008 Leadership Conference!! Our participants entered the function room in style – they walked the red carpet (via the paparazzi) before being treated to a special movie screening of the movies they had produced the previous day. Your hilarious and interactive antics provided plenty of fun and the Oscar’s after party entertainment was simply sensational. Our participants are still buzzing around the office (2 weeks on)!

John, you have an amazing team working for you at enthuse and their energy, enthusiasm professionalism, commitment and, of course, extremely good sense of fun really made our conference as successful as it was. I cannot stress enough how awesome you all were... I know we will certainly be working with you all again! 

but wait, there's more event feedback... then mc, team building, presentations and media/pr feedback follows as well....

enthuse provides such a great package. Not only did John provide fantastic entertainment for our function, the presentation he pulled together at short notice was awesome. I don't think we have ever had so many good comments on choice of entertainers!
Belinda Nyberg, Phonak

Just a quick note to thank you and your team for making the annual Gala Awards dinners for both NZ and Australian First National networks here in Christchurch such huge successes, recently. The concept, presentation, management and enthusiasm of your team, made the events something truly special.We look forward to your involvement with the NZ events in Wellington next May.
John Stewart, General Manger, First National Real Estate

The Team Building was a challenging experience and everyone is still talking about it. Friday night was fantastic, your professional and sense of humour made the event a huge success.
Louise Edwards, Chief Executive, Perpetual Trust

John exceeded our expectations. His energy, enthusiasm, creativity and obvious passion to make a difference for us was impressive, and the end result was an incredibly successful conference. I was extremely impressed with John’s attention to detail, his creative drive and professionalism. John developed and ran our sales training, organised the entertainment – including the theming and concept – and generally added the "X" factor. He was a pleasure to work with and our christmas cookie sellers found him very motivating and inspiring. We can’t wait to use John again in the future. Enthusiasm is without doubt his middle name.
Lincoln Booth, General Manager Cookie Time

At our recent Convention in Queenstown we included John in a number of roles - as our MC or Conference weaver, as an entertainer, and as a Conference presenter/speaker. John was able to separate the roles and to perform at the highest level for each of them.  His enthusiasm and willingness to create a great show and rally the delegates helped make our  Convention one of the most memorable in recent years. John is a delight to work with, extremely accommodating, and I am positive that anyone employing his services will find that John “over delivers” on what he promises.
Garry Mason, CEO First National Real Estate Network Limited

Feedback from the staff has been fantastic. Everyone has said they had a great night, lots of laughs, and a good balance over the evening. Enjoyed the part when you had the staff get up and get involved with the entertainment. The music and entertainers were fantastic as always – we loved the Oscars theme!! In regards to your part – felt you did a fantastic job of managing the event – liaising with hotel, props and myself. It was great that you kept in touch with what was happening, getting in touch when you needed feedback from me, or just keeping me informed on where we were at and what you had organised. Your part as Silly Pistol during the night was really fab and you played the part really well!! Great job!!!
Meeghan Ellison, Finance Now

“A truly adaptable entertainer, John eagerly took up the challenge when Vodafone was looking for that unique aspect at our yearly Christmas function. The theme was Rocky Horror and John transformed himself into Frank-n-Furter with his Faithful Handyman. The Sweet Transvestite truly delighted our guests and the feedback has been fantastic. It was easy working with John, the continuous lines of communication & his wealth of great ideas, helped to make the night run effortlessly. Thanks John for a terrific evening.”
Sally Goldsmith Vodafone

Please accept my thanks, on behalf of the YHA Board and staff, for your efforts on Saturday night as MC for our 75th Celebrations. You also choreographed a show that had the right mix of formality, theatre, fun and entertainment. It was a high energy performance that incorporated all the elements we had discussed in our planning and it was very well received by our staff, YHA members, tourism industry representatives and dignitaries. I have had some fabulous feedback already – especially from staff and Board members, who commented that your role and performance reflected the values and style of YHA. Well done and thanks for all your hard work John – this was never going to be an easy job – yet you pulled it off with flair!
Nikki Waghorn,  YHA National Office Communications 

The singing waiters routine took our team completely by surprise. Everyone was in the dark and actually thought one of the ‘planted’ waiters was going to get into a fight with our key note speaker for earlier in the day – that just ‘happened’ to be John. The whole concept was very entertaining and the ‘reveal’ was fantastic.. the waiters transforming into a series of famous performers... our team then didn’t want to get off the dance floor! Great fun, great time and very professional.
David Gopperth, National Sales Manager Broker Channel Westpac NZ Ltd

The VERY friendly waiters were the perfect entertainment for a small group of professional women.  Everyone enjoyed the evening, with the highlight being the well presented entertainment. 
Lesley Dawson, Managing Director Hill's Pet Nutrition Ltd

We needed to add a bit of pizazz to our Awards Dinner – John and enthuse certainly delivered. By the end of the night everyone was up singing and dancing. The Singing Waiters certainly added an unexpected element of fun and excitement to the event. I look forward to working with them again, and would not hesitate to recommend them to any organisation planning an event.
Bethany Laughton, Noel Leeming Group

Fantastic, energetic, motivational. An intravenous delivery of corporate caffine. Great to work with John and enthuse once again.
Wayne Evans, finance now

The singing waiters routine took our team completely by surprise. Everyone was in the dark and actually thought one of the ‘planted’ waiters was going to get into a fight with our key note speaker for earlier in the day – that just ‘happened’ to be John. The whole concept was very entertaining and the ‘reveal’ was fantastic.. the waiters transforming into a series of famous performers... our team then didn’t want to get off the dance floor! Great fun, great time and very professional.

I was impressed with your attention to detail and this really showed out for the theme evening at the gondola and skyline restaurant. Also your efforts during our awards ceremony where we had to ask you to step in as MC at very very short notice showed you can react and perform to a high standard when you don't really know what the scene requires - you were great.I could go on and on with accolades but what I really want to say is thank you. You made my conference as chairman of the First National Group an event to remember and for that I thank you.
Colin Wilson, Chairman First National Real Estate Network Limited 

We sought out John one night at a function he was performing at and asked him to help us prepare for our Management Christmas Party.He along with a team of two put together a real fun evening that was enjoyed by all and has been talked about for many days after the event. The team performed (like trained seals) from the outset as a meet and greet for the function and then entertained with fun segments throughout the evening meal culminating in a Company “Idol” singing challenge which turned out to be rather challenging for some but great for the audience. The trio performed many songs of the era we chose which they presented magnificently with good musical talent. Great night, good laughs, excellent memories and fun to be part of.
Rod Grout, CEO Pacifica Group 

“You want enthusiasm, passion, style and professionalism, then you want John McKenzie and that’s without his Austin Powers persona! John is a natural and talented entertainer with a commitment to his customer; his preparation is first class, contributing to a performance that exceeds expectations.”
Chris Rowe Promotions Manager Riccarton Park


as an mc...

Great Conference MC - very professional with amazing enthusiasm and energy.
Glenda Harding, Harding Consultants (Professional Conference Organiser)

John was an excellent MC for the National Events Conference (Eventing the Future) . Being part of the industry it is always hard being in front of peers but John listened to the requirements of the role and performed with real professionalism. John took time to incorporate appropriately themed music and integrated points picked up in sessions. While the conference MC role was more formal and around introduction of speakers, his real flexibility came out when he was MC for the start of the conference dinner where he "performed" his Rocky Horror piece. It was a hit!!!
Anne Hindson, Director, Eventing the Future Ltd

I just wanted to say a very big thank you John for your professional entertainment and MC duties so aptly performed at our Peppers Clearwater Resort Cup Day. Our guests and clients have been commenting and sending us thank you’s all day! Your character “Sebastian” was outstanding as our fashion host welcoming guests on arrival and providing coaching on cup day attire, etiquette and how to walk down the cat walk like a supermodel …. all of which definitely set the scene for a fantastic day. Your humour and flexibility on the day is outstanding, your advice and assistance in helping us create a memorable event for our clients was brilliant. We definitely set them off on a high for a day at the races, look forward to working with you again.
Emma Taurua, Marketing Account Manager New Zealand, Mantra Group (Peppers Resorts) 

I’d like to thank you on behalf of the directors and everyone that attended our company's 20th Birthday Celebrations. Your Bob Cramer character was certainly memorable as the MC and thanks for keeping the evening going with enthusiasm, humour and professionalism, I think it worked really well. Thanks also for your assistance in organising the night and for handling the audio visual presentations and for working with Shipleys and the lighting/theming folks. I was really able to relax and enjoy the evening knowing that the event was in good hands. Thanks again.
Paul Bingham, Managing Director Black Cat Group

John is an excellent as MC. He does his homework on background facts and figures, then on the day he keeps spectator crowds entertained and informed. Very professional and very enthusiastic!
Steve Gurney, Gurney Gears and multi sport legend

You came highly recommended to me for your expertise in public speaking and your ability to adapt to any situation whilst portraying  a professional image. I can honestly say that your "performance" as Prince Charming, our MC for Cholmondeley Children's Home "Cinderella Ball", far exceeded my expectations !!! You were fantastic, and the feedback from those who attended the ball has been very positive. I will certainly be recommending your services and look forward to working with you again in the future. Thank you so much for your part in helping us raise money so we can continue to support children and families in crisis.
Michele Wattez, Events & Fundraising Co-ordinator Cholmondeley Children's Home

As an MC John was extremely professional meeting me before the event to go over the brief and discuss the run of night.  As Austin Powers he had the entire group eating out of his hand as soon as he entered the room.  This is no mean feet as our group is an extremely diverse one, but his energy level made him irresistible to all who attended – they loved him!  He got everyone interacting with each other and got them up and moving. He was brilliant and went well above and beyond what we expected and I'd certainly recommend him to anyone who was wanting an unsurpassed entertainer and MC.
Kim Semmens, Franchise Support Manager Robert Harris Cafe Franchise Network

“John is an extremely confident speaker/presenter with an enthusiastic style. He relates well to his audiences and is equally comfortable adlibbing or delivering a prepared speech. John has a flexible approach enabling him to pick up on things happening around him and incorporating them into his performance if appropriate.”
Janet Copeland Inspiration PR

John managed the announcing and entertaining at the start/finish area which is outside the Christchurch Town Hall on Kilmore Street which is closed for the day.  He also was our MC at the Awards Ceremony held in the auditorium of the Christchurch Town Hall. We at the SBS Marathon Event were very pleased with John’s services.  He was very professional and brought a new style of entertainment to both the start/finish area and our Awards Ceremony.  He also proved to have a very good understanding of the technical equipment that we used which also added to the overall atmosphere that was ultimately created this year. We had really good feedback from both our sponsors, the competitors and supporters on this aspect of what has now become a top event in the South Island with a reputation for being professionally organised.
Chris Cox, Race Director SBS Marathon Event Christchurch 

We were extremely pleased with the MC work you did for the inaugural Armstrong Prestige Festival of Cycling.  We could not have done it without you and really enjoyed the professional touch you gave to the event.  The ability to think on your feet, fill in the gaps and ad lib where necessary was crucial for the smooth running of the event. Great job!  
Simon Hollander, Event Director Armstrong Prestige Festival of Cycling

Having ridden the European professional cycling circuit for a number of years including the Tour de France, I know how important a professional commentator is to making the event a success. Being present at the Armstrong Prestige Criterium and having the pleasure of hearing John commentate had me glued to the event from start to finish. His passion, enthusiasm and energy bought back many memories but more importantly he entertained the crowd with a level of professionalism I’ve not seen here in New Zealand.  
Eric Mackenzie, Director EMC2 Bikes


team building

Your entertainment and team building afternoon was the highlight of our trip - what an awesome time! You guys were right on the money. Very funny and motivating. We had some people who really pushed themselves, some even saying it was the best thing they had ever done. We will definitely be recommending you to others – we have already. enthuse definitely exceeded expectations on all counts. It was great to have you keeping the energy and momentum going right from start to finish. Wahoo – bring on the next event!
Kate Coombridge, Generation Developments Ltd 

The feedback I received from our staff after their stint behind the camera has been nothing but positive. You captured and engaged our leaders (and they certainly are a varied bunch) in a way that left them wanting more! Perhaps we have some “actors” in the making. We even had them fooled into thinking the videos would not be ready for a couple of weeks. Instead, you edited them overnight in readiness for the big finale on the following evening and I know this was done under extremely difficult circumstances. So thankyou for the professionalism and commitment you all displayed to ensure that the “show did go on”.
Marisa Maloney, Orica Chemnet



John’s personal branding presentation is motivating, stimulating and very informative. It has been with complete confidence John has presented on Westpac’s behalf at numerous conferences and the feedback has been fantastic. He relates very well to his audience, does his homework beforehand and always delivers. I have no hesitation in recommending John McKenzie as a motivating, entertaining and enthusiastic speaker and presenter.
David Gopperth, National Sales Manager Broker Channel Westpac NZ Ltd

John is also a very professional motivating speaker  who spoke at our sales conference. We will definitely get him back for a return visit.  A great start to another year for our team.    All staff said it was the best sales meeting they have ever attended. I have no hesitation in recommending enthuse to motivate and entertain at your next sales conference.
Lesley Dawson, Managing Director Hill's Pet Nutrition Ltd 

Excellent.  John was above expectations, especially due to the timeframe.  He listened carefully and responded very well.  Bob the Farmer was talked about for the whole conference.  Set the tone - a lot of fun and then delivered intensive (great content) workshop.
Dianne Watson, Wrightson

You were wonderful. You breathe energy and life. You were terrific and an inspiration to us all.
Dr Rodney Ford, National Speakers Association


pr and media

John and enthuse were engaged to help develop and lead our public relations strategy aimed at increasing the awareness of dyslexia and having it recognised by the New Zealand Government. His clarity of thought, his persistance & determination, his commitment - to say nothing of his enthusiasm - resulted in our aim being acheived and a whole lot more. John delivered 100%.
Guy Pope-Mayell, Trustee Cookie Munchers Charitable Trust and Dyslexia Foundation of NZ 

John and enthuse were engaged by the Speight’s Coast to Coast to manage the PR and media side of the 2015 race. Johns roles included engaging NZME as a media partner, identifying and developing a wide range of stories leading up to and during the event and managing the wider media contingent at the event. John was also excellent at creating engaging video clips and social media strategies which worked really well for keeping our online content fresh and engaging. John also MC’d a number of areas including the prize giving where his experience shone through, keeping it engaging, topical and professional. John brought a huge amount of enthusiasm to the role and constantly brought new ideas and a great energy to the project, we are extremely happy with the results of his efforts. We have engaged John and Enthuse again for the 2016 event and are looking forward to another productive and exciting year with him on board.
Richard Ussher - Speight’s Coast to Coast race director

Thanks John for helping us make the inaugural That Dam Race a raging success. I was very impressed with the way you quickly got a grasp of this new event, and generated quality, effective stories for the media both before and after the race. And also the management of the MC role – kept everything flowing and got the right messages out. Love your work and hope we can have you on our team again next year.
Chris Thomas - Special Events Aoraki 

Thank you for all your work and professionalism that you added to the Elite Cycling series that saw an outstanding finale. As you know at the start of the year Benchmark Homes contacted me to take over the series after it had struggled year on year for the last three. Taking on the challenge I knew the key was to surround the event with good people to get it to the next level. I was approached by yourself and one other media company to take on the job and after some thought and discussion the job was yours. A six race series over 6 months and across the South Island with New Zealand’s top athletes was always going to have some challenges but you didn’t disappoint. Ongoing media releases pre and post event appeared in all the local papers as well as all the online websites and news portals. Rider interviews leading upto and on the day were no hassle. Updates, tweets, online videos, coveritlive, twitter, facebook and social cam are all now common phrases amongst my team thanks to your introduction. Of course we needed two of you as whilst you were out on course we missed your MC work at the finish line always awaiting your early arrival to get the crowd enthused. Your knowledge and research of the riders was great and although the brief didn’t mention it your voice and professionalism at prize giving was outstanding and we really did appreciate you going above and beyond. Thanks once again from my team, the riders, managers and their teams for a successful Elite Cycling Series. We will be sure to use your enthuse team for our next event.
Simon Hollander and the Tailwind Events crew.

We asked John from enthuse to help us with promoting our World Environment Day events, he was superb. He quickly grasped exactly what was needed and was able to apply his fertile imagination to marketing and public relations activities. With his knowledge and experience in marketing he was able to negotiate some extremely good deals and engage some powerful players to assist. I would happily engage John again for similar work.
Bill Simpson, Communications & Relations Manager, Environment Canterbury

Thank you for your constructive effort, support and planning that has guided me though to my new brand. I could not have done this without your invaluable input, creative ideas and structured approach. Time frames have been met, media exposure and feedback has been fantastic.
Niki Olds, Viva Home Loans

Thank you so much for the work you have done for me in relation to my Youtube promotional video, branding and integration for my website. My expectations have genuinely been exceeded as to what I thought the overall result would be and I also know that liaising with my clients during the production was a good experience for them too. I will definitely continue to use you as I develop my promotional – marketing strategies. Thank you very much you are clearly at the top of your game!
Foss Shanahan, Harcourts Gold Real Estate

John brought a very professional approach to the publicity for our national event which resulted in nationwide exposure for the event and our sponsors in print, on radio and TV. We would never have achieved this without John and his enthusiastic media management. He also provided some fantastic voice and MC work which further demonstrated his versatility and value to the event. He did his research and was extremely well prepared, with his efforts exceeding our expectations.
Tim Preston, Tournament Director NZ Grass Court Tennis Championships