With more than 20 years at the top of the television news and current affairs in New Zealand, Alison Mau is one of the country’s most recognised and respected faces. In two decades at TVNZ, Alison hosted a wide-variety of shows including Newsnight, TVNZ Breakfast, Fair Go, Seven Sharp and One News at Six.
After a successful stint in radio, Alison (Ali) swapped broadcasting for her original passion - investigative journalism, and now heads the #MeTooNZ investigative team at NZ’s most-read news site, Stuff.co.nz, as well as writing the masthead current affairs column for the Sunday Star Times. In May 2021, her work was honoured with the top prize of 'Reporter of the Year' at the Voyager Journalism Awards.
Alison’s skills from television, radio and journalism transfer seamlessly to her MC and speaking work. Clients are regularly delighted by her relatability and capacity to engage even the largest of audiences, which is one of the reasons she is in such high demand. As well as decades of experience hosting New Zealand ’s most glamorous events, Alison has made a speciality of conference MCing, with some of the best live interview and panel discussion skills in the country. She is a sought-after keynote speaker thanks to expertise in diversity and social cohesion topics; perfect for conferences and team gatherings.
It was such a pleasure to work with Ali Mau on our New Zealand Women ’s Leadership Symposium. Ali put herself forward as a speaker for the event and we are so glad she did as not only was her presentation really well received by all of our participants, but Ali went above and beyond to join us at our online event, battling inclement weather, lockdowns, and IT issues. Ali’s presentation was insightful, educational, and moving. Our participants loved her speech and were inspired by drive and determination. Ali was a fantastic addition to our line-up, and I hope we can work together again.Melissa Rutherford, Head of Events, Women & Leadership NZ, NZ Women's Leadership Symposium, September 2021
We were incredibly fortunate to have Ali Mau lead our International Women ’s Day 2021 staff event. Ali’s connection with the 2021 theme ‘Choose to challenge’ was prevalent as Ali shared her story and reasons for setting up the#MeTooNZ movement, as well as the impact on her and others. Ali was warm, approachable and friendly prior to, during, and after the event. Attendees valued Ali’s openness as well as her mahi in this important area. Thank you Ali!Nikki Thomas |Director, Organisational Development and Wellness, University of Waikato, International Women's Day, April 2021
After experiencing Ali Mau as an MC for the Rainbow Excellence Awards, we knew she’d be perfect for our first Diversity&Inclusion Leadership Conference! And she was. Ali was such as pleasure to work with throughout. She was warm, approachable and agile in the lead up to the conference, showing a genuine interest in the topic as well as ensuring she understood our business and the people who bought it to life. On the day, she did a marvellous job of keeping the event moving seamlessly, whilst also giving it the gravitas, professionalism and energy required to ensure it was a stand-out conference.Amanda Tolley, General Manager, Talent & Organisational Development, SkyCity Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Conference
We were delighted to have Alison Mau MC our recent Masterclass with the country ’s top PCOs. Alison MC’d with finesse, reading the room and managing the speakers to maximise the learning for those in the room. We’d jump at the chance to work with her again!Heather Cornish, Events & Marketing Director, CINZ Meetings PCO Masterclass
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
To say I was impressed is an understatement, what an incredible person, she has the persona of how we would all want to be perceived really –just lovely.Institute of Finance Professionals NZ Awards
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. QUEENSTOWN CHAMBER OF COMMERCEQueenstown Chamber of Commerce, Women in Business Conference.
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.Auckland Airport's International Travel Summit, Nick Palfrey, Senior Account Manager, Anthem
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