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Intellectual, satirical wit at its best, superbly entertaining.


A hilarious after dinner speaker, Jim Hopkins is famous (or infamous) throughout New Zealand as a broadcaster, columnist, author, debater and, believe it or not, local body politician.

Although not always obvious at Council meetings, where important matters like potholes and dog licences tend to dominate, his ability to make people laugh has made him one of this country's most sought-after humorous speakers.

Previous experience
Jim has spent a large part of his working life in and around the electronic media - as a radio talkback host and, on TV, as a scriptwriter, interviewer, journalist and presenter on a wide range of documentary, news and current affairs programmes.

He’s also still remembered as a popular participant in TV’s very funny BNZ Festival Debate series. In demand as a speaker and debater for more than 30 years, Jim’s energy and wit mean he is also one of New Zealand's top MC's who, in addition to working regularly (and repeatedly) with many leading local companies and organisations, has also MC’d numerous conferences in Australia and others in Fiji, Hawaii, Singapore and Hong Kong.

Current work
With his background in media and politics and a reputation for researching his audience thoroughly, he can pretty much turn his hand to any subject or topic - except fashion and full-body waxing - so if you’re looking for someone a little bit ‘different’ then Jim’s the man for your next conference of seminar. Not only is he a delightfully endearing, quick-witted character but most important of all, he needs the money. And remember! If you do hire him, you’re not just getting a speaker or MC, you’re also getting a journalist, television presenter, debater, scriptwriter, radio host, author and thoroughly boring local government Councillor! Not so much a man as a team, really!

Jim was thoroughly funny and enjoyable. He got the audience totally relaxed. Maunsell Ltd

Jim was hilariously funny. He did a great job.


The presentation by Jim exceeded our expectations, he was great. Jim MC'd the evening for us perfectly. He was able to get the "feel" of the audience very easily and he set the atmosphere to the light level.

Institute of Chartered Accountants

Jim did an enormous amount of background research. A week down the road and clients are still talking about it. They enjoyed his address.

Print House Limited

Jim was an excellent and entertaining speaker. Definitely the right type of speaker for the type of event.

New Zealand Home Loans
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