Alison Mau

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Hair Blonde - Light
Eyes Hazel
Height 180cm
Location New Zealand - Auckland




Acting Experience


17-20The Project, 'Host '

2013Seven Sharp , 'Presenter'

10-13Fair Go, 'Host'



14-18RadioLIVE, 'Host'


MC / Speaker

MC / Speaker


After Dinner Speaker, Broadcaster, Business Speaker, Host, Journalist, Key Note Speaker, MC, Motivational Speaker, Panelist, Radio Host, TV Presenter, Writer


One of New Zealand’s most acclaimed thought-leaders on equity and inclusion, Alison (Ali) Mau brings sparkly humour and deep insight to her conference and event speaking. Whether it’s an after-dinner speech or a keynote, Ali effortlessly weaves tales from a starry career in broadcasting and print media (TVNZ, Mediaworks, Stuff) with the ups and downs of her more recent work establishing a national tech charity start-up.

As an MC she’s widely known for a special ability to control a lively crowd of any size with charm and poise, gives a terrific adlib under pressure, and has an attention to detail that ensures your event runs smoothly no matter what happens on the night.

Ali has made a specialty of conference MC work, combining her experience of many years as a top-flight interviewer and radio host, with an investigative journalist’s ability to connect with any subject matter or panel participant, no matter how complex. She is an unforgettable addition to any conference or special event panel.

Ali even has an offering for sports audiences, having recently taken herself and her horse Bex from hacking on the beach, to national glory at the Horse of the Year show.


We were incredibly fortunate to have Alison Mau as the MC for our recent 'Traumatic Brain Injury- The Hidden Cost of Violence' conference. Guided by our mission to enhance prevention strategies, support systems, and survivor-centred interventions through knowledge exchange, collaboration, and innovative solutions, Alison's extensive experience as an investigative journalist, particularly her impactful work in the sexual harm space, equipped her with a unique ability to hold the necessary space for the sensitive and complex topics discussed during the conference. This was particularly crucial given the heightened and intersectional subjects of intimate partner violence and traumatic brain injuries. Alison demonstrated a unique ability to hold the audience's attention, seamlessly linking sessions together to ensure a smooth flow of the event. Her warm and engaging presence, coupled with her adeptness at managing the audience, kept us on track with time without feeling rushed. She exhibited remarkable flexibility and professionalism in adapting to sudden changes in the schedule, ensuring the event continued seamlessly. Additionally, Alison was genuinely engaged in the learning and showed tremendous support for the keynotes from around the world and across the country. Her contribution was invaluable, making the conference a resounding success.

Lorraine Sheenagh, Violence Intervention Network Coordinator

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

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 thoughtfuland 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 forChange Conference.

Queenstown 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