Jennifer Ward-Lealand Te Atamira


Award winning Actress, MC, Fluent Te Reo Speaker, 2020 New Zealander of the Year

A driving force on the local theatre scene, Jennifer was a founding board member of Auckland's Watershed theatre, is president of New Zealand Actors Equity, and serves as a trust board member of Silo Theatre. She and Michael are patrons of the Auckland Performing Arts Centre (TAPAC ), so it’s no surprise she was honoured with the title Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her services to the theatre and the community.

Her dedication to integrating te reo Māori into everyday life has contributed to Jennifer Ward-Lealand being named the 2020 Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year.


1. My journey to te reo

2. The life of a NZ actor - which touches on The Arts of course

3. Gender inequality/harassment/intimacy coordination


Auckland, New Zealand


After Dinner Speaker, Celebrity, Compere/MC, Debator, Judge, Keynote Speaker, Live Performance Host, MC / Stage compere, Panellist, Singer, Speech Writer


Intimacy Coordination (for stage & screen), Current Affairs, Directing, Film & Television, Music, Musical Theatre, Opera, Producing, Race Relations, Research, Teaching, Theatre, Travel


Testimonials (11)

Auckland Live Dame Kiri Te Kanawa - Nov 2019

Auckland Live was fortunate to be able to work with Jennifer Ward-Lealand as the MC on our recent Gala Concert in the Presence of Dame Kiri Te Kanawa. The script required Jennifer to use several different languages including Māori, Italian, German, and French which she handled with poise and professionalism. She was extremely thorough in her preparation for the event, expertly navigated various last minute changes in rehearsals, and was a calm, assured and warm presence on stage throughout the concert. It was reassuring to know the event was in such safe hands and both we, and all our event partners were delighted with her contribution to the evening.

Usha Bhana and Georgina Cervin - Auckland Live