John McKenzie from enthuse has a wide range of media and event experience and skills, and there’s good reason his business is named enthuse. John is passionate and very enthusiastic about delivering for his clients, whether it’s a media campaign or event and entertainment. John helps his clients successfully talk to and with their audiences. He understands what may work and what may be effective and has the media network and contacts to get his clients heard. John and his enthuse team deliver fantastic event services that always seems to exceed expectations. He is creative, and always looking for ways to make an impact, either as an MC, speaker and motivator or with entertainment and team building services. Ultimately John and his company enthuse are in the business of creating memories and provide profile and engagement opportunities for his clients and he always delivers, with a good dose of enthusiasm!
Lincoln Booth, General Manager Cookie Time
The Singing Waiters are a joy to work with, their enthusiasm is infectious, their ability to adapt to changing situations and their exuberance for making our event the best it could be made the night a success. I would thoroughly recommend this team of talented performers to give your evening the wow factor and a night people will remember. They make awesome memories.
Sally Chesterfield; Rural Fire Authority
John McKenzie is an excellent MC he was able to adapt to the evenings events and was enthusiastic in offering suggestions in how we could improve the event. John is also a warm hearted and kind person who makes you feel like your event is special The singing waiters also provide an amazing performance which makes the evening memorable and creates an event with real wow factor.
Sally Chesterfield; Rural Fire Authority
One woman at my table went from “that’s outrageous. That waiter is so unprofessional and should be reported!” to “wow, what a professional act; so funny and so much fun”. All in about half an hour. Your team were excellent and made our conference Gala Dinner a great success. Plenty of delegates were raving about it the next day.
Peter Reynolds, Chief Executive Officer Early Childhood Council
The night was fantastic and your team were just amazing.
James Chatterley, Event Dynamics
We’re delighted with the overall success of the National Primary Sector Conference and would like to thank you and your amazing team of Singing Waiters for your time and contribution in supporting this event. Here is the participants’ feedback relating to your wonderful entertainment:
Satisfaction rating: 100%
• Great night out
• Entertainment was great, food was great. Awesome night. Well done for getting that many accountants on the dance floor!
• Was amusing watching the fake waiters and waitress and seeing people's expressions. I cottoned on pretty quick so this was an added amusement factor for me.
• Entertainment and company was great :)
• Great night
• Loved the interaction from the entertainers earlier on.
• Great night. Entertainment was excellent - something different
• Absolutely Fantastic! All of it! Had a wonderful time!
• Fantastic meal, fantastic entertainment and fantastic company. Very good night
• Unfortunately I was ill and didn't attend but heard lots of good things about the night - gutted I missed it!
Conference Coordinator, Lifelong Learning
Foodstuffs South Island Limited engaged the services of enthuse for our Management Academy Graduation. enthuse provided a “paparazzi/red carpet” experience, MCing and live music for the evening. The night was a great success and John and his team did a fantastic job at getting everyone up on the dance floor and having fun. enthuse were very professional and great to deal with from the suggestions they gave at the planning phase through to the night itself.
Debbie Behrnes, Training and Development Manager Foodstuffs South Island
We had John and his team provide ‘outstanding’ entertainment for a Triple 70th Celebration in Hamilton – wow I can’t explain how fantastic the entire experience was, from the initial contact with John where we discussed the many options he can offer, to the concise organisaiton and communication of how the event would run. John made three magnificence wardrobe changes throughout the evening, from crazy paparazzi on red carpet, to professional MC in a black dinner suit and into a outrageous Rocky Horror number. This had our guests questioning all night who he was and still many guests didn’t know it was the same person. The singing waiters were also fantastic and totally had our guests fooled, but so entertaining. Stories of the evening are still being discussed and many laughs still had. I would certainly recommend John and his enthuse company.
Amber Maisey. Maisey Group
John and his team made for a fantastic night , I had nothing but positive comments from all who attended our dinner and were “served” by the Singing Waiters. John and his team were able to shape their mode of operation to suit our needs and adapt to small changes made prior to the event and during the evening . They were witty , understood their audience and had many confused as to whether they were indeed actually waiters who can sing a bit or just some poorly trained waiter trying to make a living. I hope at some stage we can use them again
Angus Gardiner , Crusaders Team Manager
We wanted to add something really special to National Primary Sector Conference gala night, and enthuse’s Singing waiters certainly delivered. In fact, they exceeded our expectations providing a fantastic night of humour, comedy and real entertainment for the dance floor, once they revealed themselves as the ‘stand in’ band. They were so engaging and ‘realistic’ as they played their waiters roles, each with quite distinct personalities, that really made the evening and had everyone wondering about the ‘special’ waiters working. Once they took to the stage the reveal was fabulous and then they provided a great variety of all the best classic songs to enjoy and dance to, which got everyone up on the dance floor - we didn’t want to stop. The Singing waiters ability to provide full night of entertainment that covers improvisation and acting and then a band is fantastic. We had great feedback and can’t wait to use enthuse again in the future.
Alison Buck, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand
Thanks John for helping us make the inaugural That Dam Race a raging success. I was very impressed with the way you quickly got a grasp of this new event, and generated quality, effective stories for the media both before and after the race. And also the management of the MC role – kept everything flowing and got the right messages out. Love your work and hope we can have you on our team again next year.
Chris Thomas - Special Events Aoraki
The Singers Waiters were brilliant. As a Conference Organiser we are always striving to provide our clients with the very best entertainment we can find, and The Singers Waiters were a huge hit. We would recommend any one looking for a superb evening of laughs and entertainment to book The Singing Waiters.
Tony Laker – House of Travel conferencing & events management
Our aim was to have an evening of entertainment, humour and fun – we were not disappointed and would recommend the The Singing Waiters.
Mike Grant - Southern Rural Fire Authority. Forest and Rural Fire Association of NZ Annual Conference Dinner
Good communication in lead-up to event, delivered what was promised and carried off entertainment act superbly. Guests enjoyed the act immensely, many asked if they could keep going!
Workplace Savings NZ
John and enthuse were engaged by the Speight’s Coast to Coast to manage the PR and media side of the 2015 race. Johns roles included engaging NZME as a media partner, identifying and developing a wide range of stories leading up to and during the event and managing the wider media contingent at the event. John was also excellent at creating engaging video clips and social media strategies which worked really well for keeping our online content fresh and engaging. John also MC’d a number of areas including the prize giving where his experience shone through, keeping it engaging, topical and professional. John brought a huge amount of enthusiasm to the role and constantly brought new ideas and a great energy to the project, we are extremely happy with the results of his efforts. We have engaged John and Enthuse again for the 2016 event and are looking forward to another productive and exciting year with him on board.
Richard Ussher - Speight’s Coast to Coast race director
Sport Southland has called on the services of enthuse twice now, for the ILT Southland Sports Awards. Both occasions have been huge successes, and we have had overwhelmingly positive feedback about their performances. As the singing waiters they were a surprise hit, and as the paparazzi they were an entertaining and fun addition to the programme. The team at Enthuse have complemented our awards functions perfectly; adding an element of fun to what is otherwise a reasonably formal evening. Not only do they provide fantastic entertainment, but they really make a huge difference to the atmosphere and the vibe of the whole awards evening. John is easy to deal with, understands our audience and caters exactly to that. Sport Southland would have no hesitation in recommending Enthuse.
Brendon McDermott, Chief Executive Sport Southland
It was a pleasure working with yourself and Jimmy. From my point of view it was well researched, organised and carried out. You looked at our requirements and fitted a brief to that which not only suited and was tailored to our organisation, but was enjoyable on the night. I think your skills as a DJ are not to go understated, you both managed to get up and then keep all our staff on the dance floor, which I didn’t think we’d achieve at the casino. Once again, thanks for all your efforts
Danicia Manning, Synlait Milk
On behalf of Blacks Fasteners ltd I would like to thank John for his fantastic presentation, You Are Your Brand; everybody got a lot out of it. I also want to thank both John and Aaron for the fun events they put on and for creating and managing the competition surrounding the afternoon's activities. The way they choose the groups, and the events, to suite all levels of fitness - and the humour that went with it - was unbelievable and meant we had a fantastic team building afternoon. It will be a long time remembered so I would recommend enthuse to any organisation.
Roger Black, Managing Director, Blacks Fasteners
I just wanted to say a very big thank you John for your professional entertainment and MC duties so aptly performed at our Peppers Clearwater Resort Cup Day. Our guests and clients have been commenting and sending us thank you’s all day! Your character “Sebastian” was outstanding as our fashion host welcoming guests on arrival and providing coaching on cup day attire, etiquette and how to walk down the cat walk like a supermodel …. all of which definitely set the scene for a fantastic day. Your humour and flexibility on the day is outstanding, your advice and assistance in helping us create a memorable event for our clients was brilliant. We definitely set them off on a high for a day at the races, look forward to working with you again.
Emma Taurua, Marketing Account Manager New Zealand, Mantra Group (Peppers Resorts)
I would like to take the opportunity to thank you for making our General Management Conference Dinner such a success. We were particularly impressed with how you customised the Act of playing a Magazine Editor. Our brief was detailed and specific to our needs, so we were impressed that you were flawlessly able to play the role without a hiccup. The attendees were completely fooled and found the experience to be hilarious, where they are still talking about it today! I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending you to corporate groups, who are looking for that “something different” for their function. Thanks again John, look forward to having you again another time.
Bronwyn Knutson, Regional Human Resources Manager - New Zealand, Mantra Group (Peppers Resorts)
John was an excellent MC for the National Events Conference (Eventing the Future) . Being part of the industry it is always hard being in front of peers but John listened to the requirements of the role and performed with real professionalism. John took time to incorporate appropriately themed music and integrated points picked up in sessions. While the conference MC role was more formal and around introduction of speakers, his real flexibility came out when he was MC for the start of the conference dinner where he "performed" his Rocky Horror piece. It was a hit!!!
Anne Hindson, Director, Eventing the Future Ltd
enthuse were fantastic to work with, taking our ideas and developing them into a night everyone thoroughly enjoyed. The team were very friendly and approachable and managed to engage everyone in the game show activities. Once the “70’s nightclub” kicked off they kept everyone entertained including bringing out a shock special guest. We would highly recommend enthuse, they were great to work with and we will be in touch for the next event.
Matt Engel, Sinclair Knight Merz
Thank you for all your work and professionalism that you added to the Elite Cycling series that saw an outstanding finale. As you know at the start of the year Benchmark Homes contacted me to take over the series after it had struggled year on year for the last three. Taking on the challenge I knew the key was to surround the event with good people to get it to the next level. I was approached by yourself and one other media company to take on the job and after some thought and discussion the job was yours. A six race series over 6 months and across the South Island with New Zealand’s top athletes was always going to have some challenges but you didn’t disappoint. Ongoing media releases pre and post event appeared in all the local papers as well as all the online websites and news portals. Rider interviews leading upto and on the day were no hassle. Updates, tweets, online videos, coveritlive, twitter, facebook and social cam are all now common phrases amongst my team thanks to your introduction. Of course we needed two of you as whilst you were out on course we missed your MC work at the finish line always awaiting your early arrival to get the crowd enthused. Your knowledge and research of the riders was great and although the brief didn’t mention it your voice and professionalism at prize giving was outstanding and we really did appreciate you going above and beyond. Thanks once again from my team, the riders, managers and their teams for a successful Elite Cycling Series. We will be sure to use your enthuse team for our next event.
Simon Hollander and the Tailwind Events crew.
Fantastic night had by all. The Singing Waiters really knew how to engage our particular audience whether it be with their waitering antics or on the stage! Out of all the tournaments we have attended throughout the country, this has by far been the best Saturday night entertainment especially when one of our own made an impromptu guest appearance as the 4th singing waiter! Thanks for the fabulous night, it obviously didn’t stop us from playing well the next day with the Southland team winning the tournament!
Rosie de Goldi, Evergreen Masters Softball