Rawdon Christie is an award-winning broadcaster with a journalism career that spans 20 years. Rawdon is most well-known for his role of presenting TVNZ’s daily Breakfast show where he interviewed hundreds of guests from politicians to Olympic athletes.
After five years on TVNZ’s early-morning show, he left TVNZ and now divides his time between MC'ing, facilitating and speaking at conferences, as well as running his own consultancy - working with organisations on positive relationship-building, reputation management and media relations. Rawdon is also partnered with online business education website ‘Unfiltered’ as a guest interviewer, and with the NBR as Creative Director of NBR View.
Rawdon left the teaching profession after seven years to join the BBC, where he worked as a reporter and news anchor. He then transferred to New Zealand to work for TVNZ, initially as a reporter for One News and then for the 7pm daily current affairs programme, Close Up. He became an established presenter for TVNZ as the host of political show, Agenda and the NZ version of Dragon’s Den. In 2011, Rawdon became the inaugural host of TVNZ’s Saturday Breakfast show, before taking up the job of presenting TVNZ’s daily Breakfast show.
His biggest career challenge came when he anchored TVNZ’s coverage of both Christchurch earthquakes - the first of which set a New Zealand record for continuous rolling coverage to an audience of over 2 million.
Rawdon is a passionate story teller who spends his spare time skiing, cycling, playing the piano and trying to make his children laugh.
I recognise Rawdon as one of the most professional MC's I have come across. His planning for an occasion is in-depth, his manner tries to react to the crowd attending and he can be both seri ... keep readingous or have some fun depending on the occasion. From raising money for charity to a business network meeting, Rawdon's past career in television certainly comes through and I would recommend him to any company to use his outstanding skills. Barfoot & Thompson
You are unique in my experience of MC's in that you have made the effort to understand our business, and at the conference help us reinforce the messages we want to get over. Many MC's can be entertaining but they can't always hit the right tone for our specific group and can undermine our messages. We have been very fortunate to have had you MC our last 3 annual conferences and hope you'll again be available for 2018.
I was so impressed with the way you carried the evening and the humanity, warmth and humour you brought to the occasion engaging and involving everyone in the room. I have experience of many MC's and hosts over the years and I believe you have created a new gold standard. Thank you for your very wonderful contribution to the evening.
At the CatWalk SCI Trust 10 year anniversary we wanted excellent MC’s to hold the attention of our record audience of 800 guests. With thanks to our CatWalk Patron Toni Street and Breakfast TV host Rawdon Christie we got exactly that. To engage an audience of that size, entertain them and deliver the important message that we were there to raise funds for spinal cord injury research takes a special type of person. Rawdon was professional but also added humour that was full of surprises to deliver on our request.
We have recently used Rawdon as our Keynote speaker at the Auckland Principal Association’s annual Christmas lunch. Rawdon’s unique ability to galvanize the audience by cleverly weaving his witty humour together with his knowledge of the audience’s industry positions him as an outstanding speaker, and one that our members speak incredibly highly of. It was evident throughout his presentation, that he is committed to preparing and presenting at the highest level.
Rawdon made such an effort to really understand our business and the changes taking place. It almost felt like he worked for our business which was fantastic. Really professional, engaging and funny.
Rawdon did an incredible job delivering a really powerful message to our valued customers. His content was well thought out, and really well presented, but also incredibly relevant for the industry we are in. Rawdon knew how to apply it and engage the audience throughout. The feedback from everyone was so positive & we look forward to booking him again for more events!
The feedback on the Property Institute’s annual conference has been overwhelmingly positive - with participants variously describing the conference as the best they've ever attended. That success was due to a range of things - including bringing in NZ personality Rawdon Christie, at the last minute, to MC the event for us - a task he discharged with style, class, and consummate professionalism. The fact that Rawdon is a widely recognised face had the effect of instantly lifting the event for participants - but his key value was in his ability to quickly understand topics and ask speakers questions which went to the heart of their presentations - a skill he has honed through his years in journalism and television. He was easily the best MC I've ever engaged and should be top of your list if you're hosting a high profile event.