Jennifer Ward-Lealand

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Jennifer Ward-Lealand
Top Skills
  • After Dinner Speaker
  • Compere/MC
  • Debator
  • Judge
  • Keynote Speaker
Top Interests
  • Current Affairs
  • Dance
  • Directing
  • Film & Television
  • Music


Award winning Actress, MC, Fluent Te Reo Speaker

A multiple award-winner, including an ONZM for services to the community and theatre, Jennifer has been acting since she was a child. A mother of two she is also a gifted singer and as partner to Michael Hurst, Jennifer is one half of the most powerful theatrical duos in the country. As trust board member of the hip Silo theatre and co-director of her own theatre company, the Large Group, she’s business savvy too. Jennifer is an emissary for the acting community as President of NZ Actors Equity, her interests are wide-ranging from Te Reo to travel. Described as ‘elegant, sophisticated and down to earth - not to mention drop dead gorgeous' - Jennifer is an asset for any special event.

Testimonials (9)

  • The event was amazing and Jennifer was amazing! She is truly the warmest most generous & supportive person I've had the pleasure to know. Our event was successful because of her warm spirit, her professional delivery of our entrants show stories, and her generosity in overseeing everyone's needs including working with me, choreography & sound, & audience. She is a shining star!!
    — Annie Tatton - Shoes Extravaganza Nov 2017
  • "The Leadership Summit was a fantastic success. Jennifer Ward-Lealand is a high quality professional who delivered an exemplary service of facilitating with style and heart felt commitment which the audience was overwhelmed with and fell in love with. I cannot express in any amount of words how deeply honoured we all are to have had Jennifer be part of our Inaugural Leadership Summit. Jennifer has cemented a place within all our hearts and also within the Te Wananga o Aotearoa whanau."
    — James Burns, TWoA - TWOA LEADERSHIP SUMMIT - MC -
  • LEXUS SONG QUEST PRE-SHOW EVENT - MC - JULY 2014 "Jennifer was an absolute pleasure to work with…she was the perfect fit given her affinity with the performing arts industry, providing a wonderful blend of professionalism, humour, industry knowledge, and empathy for performers and judges alike. Meetings and rehearsals in advance of the event were seamless – nothing was a problem for her – and not only did she do a fantastic job as MC but when not on stage she effortlessly mingled with customers at every opportunity which they really appreciated. Jennifer was exceptionally well received by guests and our executive team and I have no doubt we will be calling on her services again in future." Coby Duggan, Lexus NZ
  • MONTANA NZ BOOK AWARDS - MC “For the third time in as many years you've been the MC at the Montana New Zealand Book Awards and as usual you carried things off with warmth, charm and consummate professionalism. I've appreciated your attention to detail in this work behind the scenes. On stage a good facilitator of what is always a fairly complex range of awards, keeping the focus on the finalists and winners and ensure things are moving crisply and efficiently.” - Sponsorship Manager | Pernod Ricard New Zealand
  • NZ INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS - MC - 24 MAY 2013 "I am delighted to be able to write a reference for Jennifer Ward-Leland. As the Master of Ceremony for the NZ Institute of Architects I found her to be extremely professional, organised and she kept the night flowing smoothly and on time. Jennifer also sang during the event with the entertainer. All attendees at the event enjoyed it immensely. It was a please to work with someone of Jennifer's calibre and I would have no hesitation to recommend her for future work." - Daryne Forum Point 2
  • NZ ARCHITECTURE AWARDS - MC “Exceptional MC's are a rare breed, particularly those that can deal with complex content, while being engaging, funny, and totally composed. Your professional approach and your willingness to accommodate all our requests, and the generosity of your time meant the Awards went off without a hitch. Jennifer, you are truly outstanding in what you do and I am sure that we will see you back to hosting more of the Institute's events.” - New Zealand Architecture Awards Events Manager
  • “Elegant and sophisticated, down-to-earth and drop dead gorgeous, entertaining and "up" for the adventure, Jennifer totally "got" what the evening was about - raising funds to help women in need as they enter or return to the workforce. We felt like we'd won the lottery when Jennifer agreed to participate in the Celebrity Waiters' event.” - Executive Manager Dress for Success Auckland
  • “Jennifer seamlessly segues her thespian persona into a new role as a corporate MC of style. Jennifer has undertaken several such roles for THE EDGE. Jennifer’s preparation was flawless for each of the events and her sense of what each of the events required to create the right sense of flow and occasion was hugely successful. I have no hesitation in recommending Jennifer, where wit, elegance and an easy and enjoyable sophistication are the order of the day.” - Chief executive,The Edge
  • “Jennifer was a dream to work with; she brought glamour, grace and poise to the event as well as warmth and that innate ability to 'connect' with a diverse audience. All of my people loved working with her!” - Auckand City Council

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