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Broadcaster, writer, strategist and men's health advocate


Mark Sainsbury has performed every major role in television broadcasting from researcher to reporter, foreign correspondent, political editor, documentary maker, current affairs host and election debate moderator. He has interviewed every prime minister since Rob Muldoon.

He was a close friend of Sir Edmund Hillary and made several current affairs stories and two documentaries on his life as well as hosting the 50th anniversary of the Everest climb live from Nepal.

He has also been a talk back host and continues to contribute to radio and print media while running his own consultancy offering strategic advice and media preparation.

He is a regular SPCA volunteer and runs the highly successful Men's Health Week awareness campaign to help prevent needless deaths among men. Hobbies include classic cars (owns a 1963 Lincoln Continental 4 door convertible & DB7 Aston Martin 5 spd manual) and Phantom comics.

Talking Points

Leadership and Character

In this presentation, Mark reflects on the achievements and foibles of our political and public elites. What makes them tick? What made them successful? Who did he rate?
He includes visuals and clips from relevant points in history.

Sir Edmund Hillary (who really saved his life?)

Mark fell in with Ed almost by accident but it lead to a decades long personal and professional relationship. In the first trip to Nepal he made with him he nearly died from altitude sickness. Mark retells the story of that trip and its consequences leading to a media war over who saved his life that night! The events of that night reflect on the person Sir Edmund Hillary really was.

Why broadcasting will never be the same

Mark discusses the change hat technology brought since his departure from broadcasting. When Mark first started at TVNZ they all stood around to look at the first fax machine! The rapid change in technology since the inception of the internet and connectivity has totally changed journalism and the themes of delivering it. I this presentation, Mark looks not only at the changes themselves but how they enhance or compromise journalism as we know it.
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