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William
Pike

Nothing great was ever achieved inside your comfort zone.

Achieve the extraordinary, step outside your comfort zone.
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William Pike is an inspirational kiwi who is on one hell of a journey - from losing his leg in a volcanic eruption, to starting a nationwide youth development programme, to recently mountaineering in Antarctica, William has an unfair advantage when it comes to talking about the necessity of stepping outside of your comfort zone to overcome challenge, change and achieve extraordinary things.

It’s easy to see that William has an infectious enthusiasm for adventure, life and fun. His character and outlook on life are nicely summed up by the title of his popular autobiography, Every Day’s A Good Day.

Current work
Professional explorer and speaker
As a young, passionate explorer, William has spent countless days and nights off the beaten track in New Zealand’s backcountry and in far off places such as Antarctica and deep in the South Pacific Ocean.

William motivates, shocks and inspires audiences by retelling his captivating tale of survival on Mount Ruapehu where doctors noted his survival as a miracle. Engaging, real and down to earth, William weaves relatable messages into his stories that challenge audiences to step outside of their comfort zone - to achieve their goals and experience the extraordinary.

Awards
As well as inspiring adults, William is the inspiration behind the William Pike Challenge Award, a youth development programme with a vision to grow a world of explorers. Since 2013 the programme has made a positive impact on thousands of youth and over 100 communities across the country.

2019 University of Auckland Young Distinguished Alumni Award Winner
2017 Blake Leader Award recipient
2015 Young New Zealander of the year finalist
2014 KiwiBank Local Hero medal recipient

Media
Expertise
Topics

Business

  • Mastering Leadership
  • Social Enterprise

Lifestyle & Wellbeing

  • Adolescent Support

Motivational

  • Challenge & Adventure
  • Inspiring Stories
  • Disability
  • Connection & Storytelling

Politics & Advocacy

  • Leadership
Feedback
William was engaging and enthralling, he had the audience on the edge of their seats. He provided a great blend of drama and humour. He will be a hard act to follow for next years supplier of the year celebrations. Gallagher Group Limited
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