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Experienced MC, presenter and character actor that can entertain, train or inform.


John McKenzie is well established as one of New Zealand’s leading MC’s. A corporate events and entertainment background combined with experience in media (including radio & television and sales & marketing) means he is intuitive and fun and can read an audience well. John does his homework and will be very well prepared to deliver key messages.

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Well known for his enthusiastic professional style and delivery, he weaves fun images from your business and industry into his MCing! From awards ceremonies to conferences, association and sporting events to tournaments, discover the difference John can make as a professional MC. He is able to get points across with clarity, confidence and conviction and in a relaxed manner that meets your requirements. John ensures your event opening and closing carry impact by working closely with your team for effectiveness and delivery.

His corporate entertainment and acting background means John understands the importance of proper lighting, staging, working with the multi-media production teams, the flow of meals and how the event entertainment must be co-ordinated through a co-operative flexible approach.

As an actor, John can appear as an appropriate 'character' during the event. He can show up beforehand as a waiter or even a delegate, before ending up on stage as your MC. He has a successful track record as a professional corporate presenter with keynote topics that include branding, sales and marketing.

John’s company ‘enthuse’ won NZ Entertainment Company of the year in 2007 and is involved in a variety of event, marketing and media work throughout New Zealand.

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. Wrightson

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.

First National Real Estate Network

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.

Cholmondeley Children's Home

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

Southern Rural Fire Authority

After a set back from Covid postponement John was a light at the end of the tunnel for our event. His upbeat, positive attitude and enthusiasm for our Canterbury Hospitality Awards night was infectious. John was the consummate professional, reviewing all the details of the night and adding in his personal touches to enhance the event. We would not hesitate to work with John again and would recommend him to anyone looking for a great event MC.

Restaurants New Zealand
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