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Telling great Kiwi stories that matter

The power of storytelling can transform your life.


Award-winning journalist Jehan Casinader is one of New Zealand's top storytellers.

For more than a decade, he has been a familiar face on our screens, reporting for primetime shows like TVNZ's Sunday, Seven Sharp and Close Up. He was named œBroadcast Reporter of the Year at the Voyager Media Awards in 2020, and œReporter of the Year at the New Zealand Television Awards in 2018.

In the aftermath of natural disasters, terror attacks, sporting triumphs and everything in between, Jehan has helped hundreds of Kiwis to share their vulnerable and deeply personal stories with the rest of the country.

œEach of us has a story about who we are, says Jehan. œBut where do those stories come from? How do our stories influence our wellbeing? And how can we tell more helpful, hopeful stories about our lives?

Through challenging, inspiring keynotes, Jehan reveals how storytelling can transform every area of our life including mental health, productivity and relationships.

As a survivor of depression, he wants every Kiwi to have a hopeful, helpful story to tell. He is the author of This Is Not How It Ends: How rewriting your story can save your life (HarperCollins).

Talking Points

The Power of Stories

You’re the author of your story. Learn how this simple idea can have a dramatic impact on your mental health and relationships.

Lead with Stories

Most of us can communicate, but not everyone can tell a good story. Learn how to gain influence by engaging hearts and mindset.

Tell Me The Good News

We’re drowning in negative, anxiety-inducing information. Learn how to manage your use of news and social media.

Common Ground

Our world feels more polarised than ever — from politics to race. Learn how to build deep relationships with people who are different to you.

Find Your Voice

Self-doubt and “imposter syndrome” keep many of us quiet. It doesn’t have to be this way. Learn how to find your voice — and use it.
The entire audience felt that Jehan had very relevant content, connected well with the audience and presented it in a very engaging fashion. Ministry of Defence

We had a great briefing discussion with Jehan prior to our event. He took everything on board and styled his presentation to our specific needs. Jehan is engaging, professional and relatable, he held the attention of our 100 plus participants right up until the last minute. The feedback received from attendees was a resounding vote of excellence that he had firmly instilled the belief in our people to go forward and tell their own stories with confidence! We are hugely grateful for the motivation and potential now sown in the minds of everyone who attended. Sincere thanks and appreciation Jehan for achieving this outcome for our members.

Neighbourhood Support New Zealand

Jehan was so engaging, he has confidence and intelligence, and he immersed himself into the topics of our profession. He led our conference with ease, with smooth transitions, and is one of the most professional MC's I've worked with. I highly recommend booking Jehan to MC your event!

Planning Institute

Jehan stepped in at the last minute for us and was very professional, warm, and engaging. We knew we were in great hands as soon as he came on board!

Callaghan Innovation

It was an outstanding presentation “ pitch perfect in its content and delivery. I've received so many positive comments from those who attended, saying Lead With Stories' will help them to drive change. Jehan held the audience in the palm of his hand, while offering real nuggets

Hutt City Council

We were delighted with the manner in which Jehan undertook his role. His preparation was thorough, and he was most effective in quickly making a strong connection with the audience. He worked very closely with me throughout the day so as to ensure our programme ran smoothly. The following piece of feedback I received after the event sums it up: The MC is a rock-star. He did his job brilliantly!

New Zealand Principals' Federation

Jehan was superb. We're delighted with the vibe and verve he brought to the EPICNZ Conference as our MC. It was a dynamic role, given he wasn't just the MC but also the facilitator and moderator of panel sessions “ and delivered that role with great style and effectiveness. Importantly, this included a snappy pace and he really supported the speakers to shine.

Office of Ethnic Communities

We highly recommend Jehan as an MC and facilitator. We engaged Jehan to facilitate the Government's Just Transition Summit in Taranaki. This was a pivotal event, requiring a facilitator that could respectfully manage the differing views of our five key stakeholder groups, Government, business, workers, Iwi and community. Jehan did this masterfully There are not many MCs and facilitators that can be this agile and accommodating, while presenting a professional and seamless face to the audience.

Acumen Republic

Jehan is an exceptional speaker with a unique ability to hold the room. Jehan presented to us during Mental Health Awareness Week 2020. His message was timely, honest and relatable. We truly appreciate the korero he gave us


It goes without saying that Jehan is an exceptional communicator, but what struck me was the open, honest way and vulnerable way he shared his journey. He brought real clarity to many mental health and wellbeing issues critical to our sector.

Association of Consultants and Engineers

Having seen the effect his story “ and the tools he offers to help people reshape their own stories “ had on my Senior Leadership Team “ I have no hesitation in commending him as a keynote speaker and presenter of rare talent.

Tauranga City Council

I was absolutely blown away by his professionalism, the sincerity of his message and the power behind it One of our delegates told me how personally he was impacted by Jehan's keynote speech, and that his presentation alone was worth the whole conference registration fee.

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