Club Northland prides itself in attracting inspirational, diverse and high quality speakers
Wayne ‘Buck’ Shelford
Sir Richard Faull
From spending almost a year in Antarctica, where temperatures rarely rose above minus 25 degrees and where there was a three-month period when the sun never rose, to filming the diverse animal population of the Sonoran Desert in Arizona in temperatures close to plus 50 degrees, Max has seen it all.
Max was the first cameraman to film Emperor penguin chicks in Antarctica hatching and the male birds handing the new-born to their partners after balancing the eggs on their feet for 60 days. He has been stalked by an angry mother polar bear protecting her cubs in the Arctic, where he was also on hand as a US nuclear submarine surfaced through the ice cap.
Southern right whales, long thought to be extinct in New Zealand waters, emerged before Max’s camera lens in another first, he has filmed the construction of some of the world’s genuine megastructures, and has worked on such global success stories as Our Big Blue Backyard and Abalone Wars. In recent months he has trekked, heavy camera equipment on hand, in China and Tibet where he is considered a legend by major television companies. The Otago Daily did a fantastic feature on Max …https://www.odt.co.nz/lifestyle/magazine/wild-heart
In the early 90’s, Jack became involved with New Zealand Youth Sailing teams as manager and coach. This involved a huge number of hours spent in a chase boat, or in a meeting room, motivating and building morale, as well as being a clever strategist and clear communicator. You can’t perform these types of roles without passion for success; both for yourself and others.
By the mid 90’s Jack had joined the elite ranks of sailing judges and umpires, adjudicating at top international regattas. This culminated in him being chosen as a judge and umpire at multiple Olympic Games; Sydney in 2000, Athens in 2004 and Beijing in 2008.
It’s clear that Jack has navigated his way swiftly and diligently to become one of the top sailing adjudicators on the global stage. Not bad for a guy who started his own sailmaking and marine canvas business in Whangarei back in the 1970’s!
Jack is one of the good guys who dedicated his life to the success of others and along the way managed to live the dream – he made his passion his work! What an honour to hear from him at Club Northland.