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Steve Davie is a highly regarded and proven corporate
host and fundraising events manager who has organised and
hosted more than 200 functions - breakfasts, lunches, dinners,
golf tournaments and book launches - for various corporate and
charity groups since 1993.
He is particularly adept at bringing events together to
generate business for his clients, being involved in all
stages of the process ... from the conception, through the
event's organisation to the hosting itself. As seen by the
quotes below his clients have been well served.
Steve has been on the public speaking circuit for the last 25
years, was heavily involved in 2011 Rugby World Cup
hospitality in both the North and South Islands, and now
assists groups and individuals in public speaking and
After a full-time career in newspapers and radio, Steve
successfully launched and administered the Skeggs Foundation
(1993-2001) and the Otago Boys' High School Foundation
(2004-2009). He is now contracted as the Director of
Development for the Otago Medical Research Foundation and has
attracted $2,600,000 for new research projects and
scholarships since January 2010.
He is a sought-after and highly respected public speaker,
Master of Ceremonies and host ... and is extremely well known
throughout Otago and Southland as a long-standing member of
the New Zealand sporting media, being involved in print,
radio and television for the last 30 years. He has broadcast
cricket on radio since 1983 and rugby on Sky Television since
1996 (the last three years with the Land Rover 1st XV
commentary team), he has travelled overseas on both radio and
television assignments, and has covered most national
sporting championships held in Dunedin in the last 25 years.
Steve has advised a number of leading sporting personalities
including double Olympic Gold medallist Danyon Loader, former
Silver Ferns netball captain Lesley Nicol and former New
Zealand test cricketer Matthew Bell.
His contribution to the Saturday morning Newstalk ZB radio
show - the All Sports Breakfast - is by far the highest
rating content in the two hour programme and is the major
reason the show itself is rated number one with listeners in
the province aged 30-plus.
Karen Bardwell, Managing Director of Optima Global Talent,
after a promotional lunch Steve organised to profile the
company senior executive recruitment services. The guest list
included most of Dunedin's business decision makers:
"Steve, this was a fabulous lunch; you have done a great job
for us and I was so proud of the event . Thank you Steve and
we will be utilising your fabulous skills and service again.
* Ian Schofield, Senior Regional Event Manager, Rugby Travel
& Hospitality, Rugby World Cup 2011
"Dear Steve, please accept our thanks from RTH - and Kris,
Claire and Tarn in particular - for your participation in our
hospitality programme, and the professionalism you brought to
the table. Your research, preparation and delivery were
exemplary and very much appreciated by our guests. I hope
that, now your bit of Rugby World Cup is over, you can sit
back and enjoy the rest of the Tournament and the remaining
games in the magnificent Forsyth Barr Stadium. Once again,
many thanks. Best regards."
* Former Monty Python member Michael Palin, who now travels
the world making documentaries and writing books. Steve
introduced Michael to a sellout crowd in Dunedin as he
visited the city during his ‘Sahara' book promotion:
"To Steve - a thousand thanks for turning Palin into poetry.
Grateful for your wit and feats of memory."
* Ian Smith, Arrow International Otago/Southland branch
manager, following the development and presentation of a
major black tie function at Larnach Castle. This function
showcased Arrow's place as a major multi-million dollar
project management company which took pride in having
retained its Dunedin roots. Many of Otago and Southland's
leading businessmen and decision makers attended with the
keynote guest speaker being internationally acclaimed
adventurer Graeme Dingle:
"Steve, we enjoyed working with you and we appreciate your
input and invaluable advice in the organisation of the
evening based on your years of experience. We were also very
impressed with your skills as an MC in making the evening a
seamless and well-run event. We took a few risks in terms of
the number and variety of speakers and it was your ability to
pull these elements together that made the evening work."
Ian Smith (Arrow has since managed the construction of
Dunedin's $188 million Forsyth Barr Stadium)
* Paul Parsons, manager Aotea Electric Southern, after Steve
organised and hosted a key client forum to discuss how the
company could improve its services, following this up by way
of verbal, audio and written reports, and then hosting an
evening's entertainment with four guest speakers for those
clients and their partners:
"Steve, just a quick thanks for your efforts in putting this
event together. This has been something that has been outside
the square and I have truly enjoyed seeing this evolve from
its conception to reality. The night was thoroughly enjoyable
and the feedback from the Aotea staff, including our
partners, has been superb. You certainly need to be
congratulated on the way you facilitated the evening and
accumulated all of the information from our clients. Thanks
again for a magnificent job well done. If you ever need a
client reference from a happy customer, please send them our
* Anna Calver, Director of the Wellington-based Sputnik Ltd,
after pre-2011 Rugby World Cup ANZ Ambassador events with
Inga Tuigamala and Frank Bunce.
"Steve, thank you for your supreme professionalism and
expertise. We have had a wonderful ambassador tour, with
incredible feedback, which was down to the excellent show our
ambassadors and MCs put on. Thanks again and warm regards."