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Iconic Kiwi television presenter, popular MC and radio host

Life needs to be lived from the heart, not the head or it’s not fully lived at all.

Suzy Cato has been the friend of Kiwis, across New Zealand, for over 30 years; via radio, television and live performance. A household name, since the 90's with You & Me, Suzy created her own production company, Treehut TV, to create Suzy’s World, Bryan & Bobby and, more recently, her nationwide radio programme, Suzy & Friends.

The key to Suzy’s success as a television presenter, radio host, MC or keynote speaker, is the way she connects with her audience. Her passion for what she does and who she does it for has only grown over the years; as her young audience has grown. Suzy was delighted with the opportunity to reconnect with her “young friends” when she danced as a contestant in Dancing with the Stars, 2018 and she is relishing the chance to continue connecting with them through a variety of speaking engagements. In 2020, Suzy joined magazine, Woman, as a columnist producing a weekly parenting article.

This mum of two has been inspired by her children to make her dreams come true and created a YouTube channel to continue producing content for kiwi kids and families. She also has an EP of children’s music, a book with Scholastic NZ for her song The Kauri Family (also in Te Reo - Te Whanau Kauri) which was released in in May 2020, and she has a small line of retail items.

Suzy has created a new event called Sounds Fun, with Spark Arena, which introduces the fun of music creation to kids. Sounds Fun will also be host of the NZ Children Music Awards; which Suzy has curated for APRA, Recorded Music NZ and NZ On Air for the last few years.

As founding member and Chair of the Kiwi Kids Music Trust, Suzy has worked to ensure the voices of kiwi artists reach the ears of their intended audience - kiwi kids and families - and in doing so has found her own voice; singing her own songs. Suzy is also working with the APO on a variety of musical projects, and is an ambassador for Pink Shirt Day for the Mental Health Foundation.

And with the many challenges that life has provided she’s learnt that when life throws you lemons you make Lemonade, Limoncello, Lemon Slice and a pretty good lemon fuelled battery, if you attach electrodes to enough of them!

Talking Points

I get knocked down, but I get up again - Resilience in the Workforce

Suzy Who? - 30 years in the spotlight

It’s Our Time - Looking after ourselves so we can look after others

Time is the Greatest Gift You Can Give Someone; including yourself

Game On - the importance of play, as adults, not only as children

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