Bruce Hopkins

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Bruce Hopkins
Top Skills
  • After Dinner Speaker
  • Comedy Host
  • Compere/MC
  • Debator
  • Judge
Top Interests
  • Adventure
  • Broadcasting
  • Conservation / Environment
  • Current Affairs
  • Dance


Actor, MC, Keynote Speaker

The last thing you might expect a former commercial fisherman (and fourth generation Stewart Islander) to be doing would be travelling the country as a professional dancer. But that’s where renowned actor Bruce Hopkins’ entertainment career began. Now best-known for his role as Gamling in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings film trilogy, and having performed and toured throughout New Zealand and Australia with dance companies Limbs, Black Grace and the New Zealand Ballet, as well as performing with New Zealand’s first national champion theatresports team ‘The Von Trapps’, Bruce has more than 20 years’ experience as an entertainer. Quick-witted, with a knack for improvisation, he is adept at weaving his own life experiences into his corporate work as an MC and speaker which he’s been doing for over 15 years. Based in Auckland, Bruce loves spending time with his family, ocean swimming all year round and will still admit that he misses catching a feed of crayfish whenever he pleases.

Testimonials (8)

  • Having met Bruce in his capacity as a volunteer at a Hospice, I engaged him as the MC for a large fundraising event at Ellerslie Race Course. Bruce did a thoroughly professional job of relating to our 250 guests and promoting our charity. Bruce is a polished performer with a life time of experience in front of an audience. His MC skills would be hard to beat, as would be his expert approach to the task in hand. Bruce’s easy going persona set our minds at ease, whilst in the process of organising the event AND in his contribution to the spirit and atmosphere on the day. I might add that when spontaneously asked to auction an item, his skills here, also excelled!! I would not hesitate to recommend Bruce for any MC role. He is so very versatile and eloquent. Viv James Race4Life Trust General Manager December 2016
  • “Bruce was a very welcome addition to our conference team this year. He allowed us to focus on looking after our members, while he looked after all the front-of-house MC duties, including our conference dinners. In addition, he pitched in with a large number of those little behind-the-scenes organisational tasks that pop up all the time, that someone needs to do, but no-one really owns. He invited us to toss those jobs to him, we did, and he took them in his stride. We had the usual share of last minute fine-tuning of the speakers and programme, and Bruce responded quickly and effectively. As hosts and organisers we had a much easier time with Bruce’s professional help, his easy manner and his attention to detail.” Kevin Ward - Chief Executive of NZ Airports Association;
  • 'Bruce has worked with us as MC at two recent association conferences. At both events Bruce arrived to open the conference having researched not only the speakers but also the association and the target audience. This preparation meant that he could begin each session with a confident knowledge about who he was introducing. Bruce was also invaluable in helping to keep the conference running to schedule and making sure everyone was where they were meant to be.’ Malcolm Blakey - ICM Events
  • CETANZ CONFERENCE - MC - 2016 As Chair of the Civil Engineering Testing Association of New Zealand (CETANZ) from 2010 to 2016, I have been privileged to work alongside Bruce who has been the MC for the last four CETANZ conferences. Bruce is a professional and talented speaker who is well organised and easy to work with. Bruce has a naturally inquisitive mind and was therefore able to pick up on and understand many of the heavy technical aspects of the presentations which he then included in his introductions and summaries, greatly helping the friendly but professional feel of our conferences. Being a good communicator and people person, Bruce took the time to get the feel for our industry and people and was then able to lighten the day with just the right balance of appropriate humour and banter. Bruce is a great time keeper and kept the conference program on track, he used his organisational skills to ensure we were all at the right place at the right time. If you are looking for an MC then Bruce is your man, hence as an organisation CETANZ continue to invite Bruce back to each of our conferences. On behalf of the management committee, we thank Bruce for all his help and support at our events. - Jayden Ellis, Past Chair
  • CETANZ CONFERENCE - MC - AUGUST 2014 "As a Professional Conference Organiser (PCO), I recently organised a two day conference in Hamilton where the organising committee re-engaged the services of Bruce Hopkins as MC – he had previously undertaken this role at other conferences for the same group and they liked the dynamics between him and their group. As a PCO, it is imperative that a conference runs smoothly through all stages of planning and execution – working with Bruce ensured that this happened to ensure the best possible outcome for the client. Through thorough communication, professionalism and dedication to the clients’ needs and expectations, I believe we each enabled the other to do our roles successfully. I would recommend other organisations and associations to consider utilising the services of a professional MC such as Bruce Hopkins – he is a fabulous conduit to tie the various aspects of a conference together to obtain a slick and professional, yet welcoming and supportive environment for speakers, delegates and sponsors alike." Kathryn Hunter, Forum Point2
  • GREEN PARTY - MC - 2014 "On the recommendation of a friend we asked Bruce to MC our important fundraising Quiz Night. He was great - he cleverly manoeuvred his way around all the pitfalls of the event, effortlessly entertaining and organising the 150 or so attendees, and generally creating a really relaxed and positive mood. We were so pleased that we asked him to do it again - so a week later he MC'd another fundraising event involving some very high profile people, and again his charm and humour set the tone for the evening. He also presided over a very successful and hilarious auction. He was professional, very well prepared and a delight to work with." - Margie Thomson, Auckland City Branch, Green Party.
  • “Bruce was exceptional. On the actual night he produced the exact performance we had envisioned with an uncanny instinct for what was needed.” - 2008 L'Oreal Colour Trophy Awards
  • “Bruce has been an exceptional MC at every event. Bruce is a unique character, able to mix professionalism with his down to earth and hilarious sense of humour. Our audience of Chartered Accountants is the ultimate test for an MC. Bruce is loved by our clients as much as he is by our staff, a testament to his energetic personality and the fantastic job that he's done for us over many years.” -APS Conference

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