Whether it is motivating teenagers to meet the challenges they face, or entertaining and inspiring adults with comical tales of working the world, the audience is guaranteed to be captivated with my yarns.

Listen to what people are saying about my presentations:

Waimea College Principal Larry Ching says “…Hap speaks in a way that students understand………I unreservedly recommend that you consider having Hap speak to you”.

Waimea College Deputy Principal Faye Costain says  “…Hap encaptured and really enthrawled with his presentation…..it was entertaining, informative and emotive..”

Richmond Job Track (coaches and motivates young school leavers into the work-force) Co-ordinator Pip Berkett says “..his message was fantastic…….he had those 30 young people silent and captivated…”

In my presentations I share with the audience my experiences of overcoming constant rejection in my struggle to gain work on the white continent of Antarctica and give a humorous look into the jobs I have done which can include stories about

  • Gaining my Taekwondo Black Belt in Korea (and vomitting over my Grand Master in the process!)
  • Eating KFD (Korean Fried Dog)
  • Being flown to France in a private jet to crew a Mediterraen super yacht
  • In the USA, having a US$12,000 medical bill after spending a night in the isolation room while being tested for HIV and bacterial meningitis (fortunately for me it was viral mengingitis)
  • Having a rectal and genital exam in front of a group of medical students
  • Working at the 2005 US Golf Open and being up a tree on the 18th hole as New Zealand golfer Michael Campbell won
  • Sleeping and living for 2 months in a small 4 door car and eating at soup kitchens
  • Working in -40 degree’s drilling for natural gas in Northern Canada
  • Working a snowboard season where I worked as a toilet attendant and packed fudge
  • Being stranded in Mexico with no job, no money and no jandals (flip flops)
  • Volunteering at a Mexican Orphanage……being paid in smiles, not money
  • Illegally crossing the Guatemala boarder and chasing a thief who had stolen my camera
  • Being handcuffed and jailed in Atlanta for a night and then deported from the US
  • While back in NZ, plunging 5-6 metres and then tumbling a further 10-15 metres down a steep slope. Evacuated by rescue helicopter, and hospitalised with a fractured vertabrae
  • Eating flies, avoiding snakes and exploring for Manganese in the +40 degree celcius Australian outback.
  • Chopping my beloved dreadlocks off to become a 6 star waiter to reach my hidden challenge…..Antarctica.
  • Raising $14,000 to send a shipping container of 400 old bikes to Africa. Then meeting the container in Africa where I helped to train locals, and transform the container into a sustainable bike work shop.
  • Cycling unsupported through Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Malawi where I came face to face with wild animals and robbers.
  • Celebrating my 30th birthday and the completion of my 9 year goal on top of Africa’s highest mountain on the 11/11/11.

These tales and more can be tailored to the audience and occasion for maximum entermainment and impact.

My passion for public speaking coupled with my humorous, relaxed delivery guarantees to captivate, humour and inspire listeners of all ages.

If you are interested in having me speak at your event, please email me at hapworkingtheworld@gmail.com

16 Responses to “Speaking”

  1. HAZEL at 8:27 pm #



    Are you back this weekend??

    Guess what I did last weekend……got those songs on CD!!!

    Got one with your name on it

  2. Hap at 3:57 pm #

    Your a Legend Haze,

    Can’t wait to hear your CD.

    I”m flying out in 3 hours, back to civilisation after 2 weeks up here in the Outback looking at rocks. I’m ready to celebrate your bday, woop woop, will call.

    nuthin but love hap

  3. Marc at 10:26 pm #

    Nice speech bruv,

    motivating… I like it! hope people learn out
    of it. Hope life is treating you well down there.
    I really liked your story with the kangoroo
    at the field trip. IoI hmmm definetely you jumped higher than the kangoroo^^

    Anyway Hap take care man…
    Sincerely ur student
    Marc Wendel

  4. Hap at 1:21 pm #

    Cheers Marc Bro,

    You remember that student I was teaching. haha, the joys of being a teenager aye, we all been there. Alicante, good times, seems agers ago aye?

    Anyways mate, hope all gong well in Madrid and things working out for ya. Keep in contact, and say gidday to your family for me, I haven’t email your parents in agers.

    Cheers for the messge bro.

    Nuthin but love hap

  5. raphael at 2:23 am #

    hola hap – que tal?

    … just got thrown back in time when we climbed FARC territroy together!

    now sitting here in switzerland and drinking my coffe back in my real world… damn – and it snows!!! on a good friday before eastern! no climate change here in europe *?!???*

    hope you go on with such a positiv spirit in you, like the one you had when we`ve met – official cheer-up for good power and energy!

    hasta proxima – que te vaya bien!
    el raphael de suiza

  6. Hap at 4:17 pm #

    Giday Raphael mate,

    hahahaha, argghhh the real world, yes how much do appeciate those days in Colombia, when your only worry was where you were going to eat breakfast, and where you were going to have a beer that night.

    Hope the internal Switzerland sun is shining,

    Nuthin but love

    tu amigo de Nueva Zealandia

  7. Jerry at 3:36 am #

    hi, hap.

    It’s long time.. these days, I’m thinking to move my place… I still work in fairchild semiconductor, Korea during 15yrs.. so I think it’s time to leave from here before too late. I’m boring playing soccer, work for fairchild, every day same life-cycle also.. by the way, how can I live in NZ ??
    My family and I want to live in NZ..^^
    I want a new life in another country like you.
    could you give me some information…or friend who can support me for NZ life. ^_^

  8. Hap at 11:11 pm #

    Annyong Jerry my friend!

    I have some english homework for you, look up the idiom ‘the grass is always greener on the otherside’, this should answer your comment.

    As for working in NZ, give Helen Clarke a call, she’s our Prime minister, haha. No mate I really wouldn’t know where to start trying to get into NZ and I think I’m the wrong person to talk to, as I have a lot of trouble entering countries myself! But best of luck, NZ needs a good striker.

    I must go, give my love to your family, no doubt your son is growing up fast. Say hello to everyone at Seokchon Soccer for me.

    Nuthin but love Hap

    PS Did you know that Ben is getting married to his Korean girlfriend Mia in Feburary next year! So I will be coming to Korea, so we will have some soju’s in Korea!

  9. alex at 7:18 am #

    hap that was a super impressive speach..

    drDeath here from the cafejate-cachi excursion

    am up in peru now cusco loving this town ppl super friendly!!

    hope the antarctica came off and paraguay is all good.

    best. alex

    • Hap at 6:01 am #

      DR Death!
      great to hear from you, loving Cusco, great mate, i really hope the females are looking after you up there. Cheers for commenting on the speech. Currently in Ushuaia, thats at the bottom of Argentina mate, snowing, trying to get on a boat heading to Antarctica, not much chance, but more than being in landlocked Paraguay. Best of luck with the rest of the travels, stay in contact. I will be putting up my photos of Salta soon, so keep looking.

  10. Tom Heard at 2:58 am #

    Hap, forgive me I haven’t actually read all of the website but did you get off the boat and work in Antartica? And if not does it count?

    If you did, awesome effort and some great photos. Argentina is definitely one of the greatest countries.

    Galway, ROI

    • Hap at 4:45 am #

      Hey mate!
      Yep, certainly did, “knocked that barstard off!” I made atleast 15 landings, an amazing place for sure. If you want you can click on my older posts down the bottome of my blog and it will take you to my Antarctica posts.

      Hope all is going well for you. I’m still in Argentina, in Mendoza, off on a 30 hour or so bus ride to the Paraguayan boarder to hopefully get my Paraguayan visa.

      Great to hear from you!

      NBL Hap

  11. Tiffany at 2:02 pm #

    hi hap thank you for speaking at phab… You have inspired to travel the world and see the whole of the world…. I really found your talk very interesting

    Thank you once again


    • Hap at 4:17 am #

      Thank you Tiffany for your comment. It was great to meet you and I wish you all the best with your dreams.

  12. Andrea at 7:08 pm #

    Funny, Larry Ching was my principal in Palmy North for my last year of high school in 1996!
    Great job on the Breakfast Show!

    • Hap at 6:11 am #

      He’s a good man. It’s amazing how small NZ is sometimes, they talk about 6 degrees of seperation but I reckon NZ would be only a couple of degrees seperation. Awesome. Thanks for the comment.

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