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MC, Presenter & Journalist


Paula Penfold is a multi award-winning journalist, an inspiring speaker, and a warm, credible MC.

As an investigative journalist Paula is renowned for communicating complicated stories clearly and effectively, for convincing people to talk, for challenging authority - and for getting results.

These are the skills Paula can bring to your function: her ability to process and understand the detail of your industry, for making people feel relaxed, and for bringing your event to life.

Paula was a key speaker for the launch of the Public Health Communication Centre in February 2023. She took the time to understand our organisation and the diverse audience at the event, which included leaders from across academia, media and government. She was an excellent speaker. Articulate, insightful and engaging. Paula was professional, friendly and an absolute pleasure to work with in planning the event. Public Health Communication Centre

Paula is a fantastic speaker. She is able to balance challenging material with humour and wit and hold an audience captivated. As a guest speaker at our workshop, Paula artfully wove her personal experiences and professional insights into a narrative that really hit home with our audience. She gave an insightful and moving presentation to an audience of sixty public health researchers and policy-makers from across New Zealand. She drew on her extensive experience in journalism, including work covering conflicts overseas and civil unrest here in Aotearoa. We are so grateful to have had a presenter of her calibre at the workshop and cannot endorse her enough as an event speaker.

University of Otago

Paula presented a closing plenary session at our Practice Managers Conference in October 2022. Her storytelling, experience and engagement with our members was brilliant and her ability to tie our theme for conference into her stories made the closing very emotional, uplifting and relevant to our sector. Our organisation highly recommends Paula as a motivational speaker, storyteller and we would welcome her back anytime.

PMAANZ Conference

Just wanted to thank you for the amazing job you did for us at the BSS on Friday and Saturday. Thank you for taking the time to research the speakers, to engage with them at the event and thank you for your warmth and knowledge of the Industry. I really enjoyed your ability to ‘read the room’ and deliver with such warmth and care. It was so great to have an experienced Documentary maker with Journalism and MC skills steer the ship for us. Being an MC is a rare talent and we appreciate this talent. Having you MC the event made it slick and seamless - really added another layer of professionalism. From what I observed and the feedback I’ve received, you did us proud - a stellar job indeed.

Janda Productions

Just wanted to say a MASSIVE thank you for hosting the awards last night - you were so wonderful and it was such a pleasure working with you!! We’ve had such great feedback about the evening.

Women of Influence Awards

Thanks so much for doing such a wonderful job on the night. You struck just the right note .... loved the mini-interviews!

NZ House & Garden

Thank you for a terrific event; an hour of fascinating, insightful and thought-provoking discussion, and I’m sure everyone who watched came away feeling really informed and inspired.


Thanks so much for speaking last night - you were amazing, such a standout talk.

Global Women

Thank you so much for doing such an amazing job as MC at the WOW Awards last Friday night. You were so centered and calm and made each award presented so special for our designers.

World of Wearable Arts Awards
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