Alison Mau

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Alison Mau
Top Skills
  • Compere/MC
  • Live Performance Host
  • Panellist
Top Interests
  • Broadcasting
  • Current Affairs
  • Fashion
  • Food & Wine
  • Health & Lifestyle


MC, Presenter, TV & Radio Host, Speaker

With more than 20 years at the top of the Television news and current affairs in New Zealand, Ali Mau is one of the country’s most recognized and respected faces. In two decades at TVNZ, Ali hosted shows across the spectrum including Newsnight, Breakfast, One News At Six, Fair Go and Seven Sharp. A move to radio in 2014 was equally successful; Ali now holds one of New Zealand radio’s key current affairs roles as Host of RadioLive Drive, 3pm to 6pm weekdays - a role that displays Ali’s extraordinary talents as an interviewer, as well as her ability to “think on her feet” and react naturally to all manner of situations. It’s a role that demands a dynamic, robust and eminently likeable personality - something Ali has in spades. These skills transfer seamlessly to Ali’s MC and speaking work and are one of the reasons she is in such demand. Clients are regularly delighted by her ability to ‘hold’ even the largest room. As well as decades of experience hosting New Zealand’s most glamorous events, Ali has made a specialty of conference MCing, and with the best live interview and panel discussion skills in the country. Recently, Ali has become highly sought after as a keynote speaker on Diversity and Inclusion, for corporate conferences and team gatherings.

Testimonials (11)

  • A couple of words of feedback reflecting Ali’s honesty and professional approach: • Proud to host you today @Alisonmau. Keep up the great work of sharing your story. I was inspired by your quote of "if not me, then who?" • We’ve had a lot of conversation since then and for me my key take out is you saying ‘if my kids are ok then I’m ok’ which is really important and a lot of people resonated with that. • “Amazing” • That was awesome! Thank you. • Ali is a high calibre speaker. She speaks with a level of confidence and openness that is rare. Great job! Each of these reflects our entire experience with Ali. She is a pleasure to work with, her confident and open approach to presenting on such a personal topic was appreciated by everyone who attended the event. We have had nothing but positive feedback.
    — Glenn Conley - Vector - Diversity & Inclusion Semi
  • Ali Mau was a superb keynote speaker for us at our recent client networking event: We have received a wave of extremely positive feedback, with people particularly commenting on the depth of professional experience she brought illuminated by the personal.
    — Michael Stevens - The Rainbow Tick
  • She made us laugh, she made us cry, and she kept the energy electric throughout the night. This is exactly what we needed to deliver a successful fundraising event for our charity partners. We've had amazing feedback from our guests about how entertaining and engaging Ali is.
    — "It's a Bit Posh" Gala for Rainbow Youth, May 2016
  • AUCKLAND AIRPORT'S INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL SUMMIT - MAY 2016 - MC Ali was received well, she's a terrific operator and nothing was too much trouble. Her ability to ad-lib is a real strength. We were delighted with how Ali managed the proceedings particularly the panel discussion, she was totally on point. - Nick Palfrey, Senior Account Manager, Anthem
    — Nick Palfrey, Senior Account Manager, Anthem
  • QUEENSTOWN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE - WOMEN IN BUSINESS CONFERENCE 2014 - MC: I wish to thank you for your significant contribution to our Conference. You were an excellent MC and thank you for your thoughtful and insightful presentation. The Conference was a huge success and made possible by you and the other presenters – I very much appreciate how much work goes into preparing your presentation. We have received a tremendous amount of positive feedback from our delegates who report that they have come away inspired by your words and advice, so thank you very much again for taking the time out of your very busy schedule to support the Catalyst for Change Conference.
  • REFUGEE AID FUNDRAISER - 2016 - MC Alison Mau was our MC for our Refugee Aid fundraiser at Hopetoun Alpha and she really helped make the night the success it was. Ali was very organised leading up to the event, and on the night she managed to control a very rowdy crowd whilst encourage people to dig deep in the auction and keep the night flowing. She genuinely cares about the refugee crisis and her efforts were very heartfelt and sincere. We hope Ali can be our MC again next year as we totally recommend her to anyone wanting a gifted, professional MC with a great sense of humour. - Jane Ormsby,Trustee Refugee Aid
    — Jane Ormsby,Trustee Refugee Aid
  • UNITEC - MC - 2011: Ali was the consummate professional: gracious, impressively well prepared, generous with her time, funny, frank, informative and had the audience in the palm of her hand.
  • GABA GALA DINNER - 2011 - MC: I wanted to thank you formally from the GABA Charitable Trust, the GABA Executive and Auction Committee for your wonderful MC'ing on Sunday. We have had unprecedented positive feedback from many people who attended and certainly the reaction on the night was just great!! This is of course due in no small part to you. You are indeed a presenter par excellence!!!
  • KORDIA AWARDS - MC: Thanks for doing an amazing job last night, everyone has been buzzing about what a fabulous event we put together with you. Your glamour and professionalism totally upped the stakes for next year!
  • GLOBAL WOMEN FORUM - MC: have cemented your role with GW. They were just delighted with you. You took control, ran the day brilliantly and had fun as well.
  • THRIVE INTERNATIONAL - MC alongside OSCAR KIGHTLEY: Your management of the event and the segments and more importantly the speakers was very professional. The speakers felt they were respected and given excellent opportunity to present themselves in a more relaxed and friendly light during the Q&A sessions. I was really impressed at how well the two of you (Ali Mau and Oscar Kightly) worked together and bounced ideas around freely. You came across as a well practised team that had been working together for years. You had natural warmth and respect for each other which was obvious. Your ongoing energy through out the day was excellent, I don’t think any of us noticed a lag at any stage. You were both incredibly easy to work with, which the whole team really appreciated! The three of us thoroughly enjoyed working with you both and hope we get the chance to do so again in the future.

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