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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 “Broadcast Reporter of the Year” at the Voyager Media Awards in 2020, and “Reporter 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.

“Each of us has a story about who we are,” says Jehan. “But 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 own story. Learn how to create a hopeful story that has a positive impact on your mental health, productivity and relationships

Lead with Stories

Most leaders can communicate, but not every leader can tell a good story. Learn how to engage the hearts and minds of the most important people in your business.

Flip the Script

Are you sick of a toxic, unhelpful story? Get a better one. A practical, enlightening perspective on how to rewrite an old narrative.

Stories and Empathy

In a polarised world that is full of conflict, how can we use storytelling to bring people together and help them to understand each other?
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. EVANZ

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

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

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


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 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 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
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