Kia Ora! Welcome to New Zealand owned Essential Talent. Make yourself at home. Grab a hot drink and have a nosey around. Yes, we work with large companies, conference organisers…but we also work with charities and schools. We will work to match you up with the best talent, and stick to your budget. Our clients love our “no pressure, down-to-earth” approach. So when you’re ready, we’d love to hear from you

Talent Testimony

Duncan Garner surprised us with this video.
We weren’t sure whether to share it as we are a team and like to keep humble.

I guess though he’s captured how passionate we are about what we do, so thanks DG!


not everyone we represent is featured on our website. we work to all budgets


We are trusted by new zealand’s best companies

ET has helped me beyond what I could imagine. They provided such great service in record speed, and truly went above and beyond to get the most suitable candidate for our events.
— Alice Westcott, McDonalds New Zealand
— Jessica Vandy, Tourism New Zealand
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The level of service offered by Essential Talent has been phenomenal!
— Lou Tantrum, Toyota New Zealand Limited
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I contacted Essential Talent to find a keynote speaker for our conference and the service was fantastic. I was really impressed how quickly Shaun with the speaker confirmed the presentation making it a perfect fit to our conference theme. I would happily recommend using Essential Talent for your next event.
— Jo Brown, Lotto New Zealand
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Incredible integrity. Incredible service. incredible ET
— Brad Hay, Signature Homes
Shaun and the team at Essential Talent were brilliant to deal with in finding us an inspirational speaker for our Leavers Dinner. Shaun nailed the brief and also gave us an option between two world class speakers to choose from. I highly endorse Essential Talent and recommend them to all.
— Kent Favel, St Mark’s Church School
Brendhan recently MC’d at our internal Awards and Celebration Evening, where he was very professional and did a great job to consider our audience and ensure the content was suitable for all. Brendhan provided fantastic entertainment across the evening, where our team were on the edge of their seats with laughter. We would definitely invite him to speak again and recommend Brendhan as a speaker for corporate events
— Laura Barrett, Canon New Zealand.
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Shaun is very well connected in the media industry, so his talent sourcing is the best in the business because he genuinely knows his talent. I trust him completely with my brief as he understands exactly what I am looking to achieve for my events. Shaun is well regarded and in turn is able to ‘make it happen’ meaning everyone is happy.
— Jaclyn Dinnan, Sanitarium NZ
I found Essential Talent online and contacted Shaun in urgent need of a professional speaker for an event, and the communication and liaison thereafter with Shaun were tremendously quick and easy, far more than my expectation. Shaun was able to find out solutions to meet my requirements and all the attendees greatly enjoyed the speaker’s presentation in the event. In the future I would definitely reach out Essential Talent and Shaun for similar services.
— Lay-On Le, Ernst & Young


We have the best MCs, speakers, and bands in New Zealand.

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