Book now for a night of inspiration and adventure

Book now for a night of inspiration and adventure

• Eastland Group presents a night of inspiration and adventure
• 1 May at the War Memorial Theatre
• Special performance by kapa haka champions Whangara Mai Tawhiti
• Internationally acclaimed guest speaker: adventurer and author Jeremy Scott
• Book online at

Over the past six years, the popular Eastland Group Innovation and Inspiration Speaker Series has featured more than twenty speakers, including Sir Stephen Tindall, Doug Hastie, Dame Susan Devoy and Sir Ray Avery.

Eastland Group has now signed a new three year sponsorship agreement with the Gisborne Chamber of Commerce.

“The purpose of this series has always been to generate new conversations amongst regional leaders, business people, and the wider community. It’s about hearing how other people see the world we live in and challenging the way we see it,” said Eastland Group Chief Executive Matt Todd. “We’re delighted to continue our sponsorship with the Chamber for another three years, and are taking this opportunity to refresh the format to ensure it’s more relevant and inspiring than ever.

“Now named simply ‘Eastland Group presents’, the series will focus on delivering three outstanding events each year: one genuinely motivating and thought-provoking speaker, one practical business-oriented workshop, and one Mind Lab for Business evening.”

The series launches on May 1, as Eastland Group presents a night of inspiration and adventure at the War Memorial Theatre.

The evening begins with a special showcase performance by Te Tairawhiti’s own Whangara Mai Tawhiti. This is a unique opportunity to see the Te Matatini 2017 kapa haka champions in action.

They will be followed by adventurer, author and internationally acclaimed speaker Jeremy Scott. Jeremy had major open heart surgery as a child; as an adult he set off on a solo bicycle journey around the world. The astonishing 52,000km odyssey through 29 countries took him over two and a half years and raised tens of thousands of dollars for charity. Jeremy was awarded the Australian Heart Foundation ‘Heart Hero’ Award in 2015.

His presentation celebrates what an ordinary person can achieve with determination, clear goals, planning and a positive mindset.

“I can’t wait to be part of this exciting event, and helping to give you all a night to remember,” said Mr Scott. He will be bringing his trusty bike with him, so cycling and adventure enthusiasts can have a close up look at a humble bicycle that has made it around the planet.

Gisborne Chamber of Commerce CEO Terry Sheldrake encourages the community to come along for what promises to be a memorable evening.

“What a fantastic double act… the best kapa haka group in the country along with an amazing story of a true adventurer crossing all continents on a bike. As a triathlon, multisport and cycling enthusiast, frankly I can’t wait for the 1st of May. The evening’s entertainment is appealing for all ages across our community, and a must-see.”

Date: Monday 1 May.
Time: Doors open at 6pm, event starts at 7pm.
Venue: War Memorial Theatre.
Light refreshments will be provided, and there will be a cash bar.
Tickets: $15 + GST for Chamber members and all groups of 6 or more.
$20 + GST for the general public.
Book: Online at or email