- William Pike is the winner of the 2017 Blake Leader Award.
- Director of the William Pike Challenge Award, a popular youth development program in New Zealand and overseas with huge growth.
- Received a KiwiBank Local Hero Medal in 2014 to acknowledge his service to youth development through the WPCA.
- Author of a popular autobiography, Every Day's a Good Day, which has sold close to 10,000 copies and has been turned into Braille.
- Featured on television and in newspapers across the country, such as; TV1 Close Up, TV3 Campbell Live, NZ Herald, Dominion Post and more.
- Spoken to clients such as Harcourts, Unitec Auckland, Department of Conservation, Gen-INZ, Siemens Australia, Westpac Bank, Air NZ and Australasian Nursing Educators Conference.
- Holds a Bachelor of Education with First Class Honours.
- Be an explorer
Constantly strive to reach new places.
- Be obsessed
Use that passion to create success.
- Be a daydreamer
Purposeful and quality thinking wins the race.
- Goal setting
- Embracing challenge and change
- Self leadership
Leadership starts here.
Get the basics right.
- Overcoming adversity through self belief
- Surviving a volcanic eruption in New Zealand
- Conquering Mt. Scott in Antarctica
- Establishing a nationwide youth development programme
William was exactly what we needed at this time of year, a reminder that you can achieve a lot after a significant event and it doesn't need to define the rest of your life. he was engaging and the kids really paid attention.
Kaikoura High School
William the feedback we received from staff was overwhelming (almost every response) mentioned William Pike as a highlight. The key word used over and over was ‘inspiring’. Other words used were amazing/motivational/thought provoking and ‘This would have been good for all ERO staff’. One staff commented, it brought tears to my eyes when he told us that he asked his friend James to tell his family that he loved them as he was being left behind with the real possibility that he would not survive. William you were very humble and honest about your experiences, and how difficult it was to start life over again. You also gave us a few “aha” moments that some felt in themselves had slipped away, and the only excuses for not following your dreams is the excuses you tell yourself. We loved hearing your determination and willingness not to give up on life, but to keep dreaming and this inspired and reminded us that life is so precious. All the best for the future William and keep inspiring, motivating and reaching out to everyone to be explorers,
to be obsessed and to daydream. Thank you so much for sharing your story with us and your books. We were truly very honoured and blessed to have you at our conference.
Business Partner, Systems, Process and Projects
Education Review Office, Te Tari Arotake Mātauranga
I just wanted to thank you for William Pike – he was absolutely fantastic! All our staff raved about his story. He was such a good speaker, so engaging and his story and his pictures were so inspirational. He is also a nice guy which it was a pleasure to have him.
He is definitely a speaker companies will love to have!
Having run events in Australia for over 5 years, I have literally seen hundreds of speakers, many the best of the best in their industry and when William Pike came and spoke for our audience, he was seriously phenomenal and up their with the best we have had. Our line-up, which included Mark Bouris (Chairman of Yellow Brick Road) and John Anderson (Founder of Contiki). I’m pleased to say that William did not disappoint, in fact many of our delegates said William was their highlight. He held the audience captive for his entire presentation and had the perfect mix of serious moments, big laughs and a strong message that everyone could relate too. His story is of course extraordinary but he delivered it in such a way that every attendee was on the edge of their seat and he received a standing ovation at the end which was well deserved. I would recommend William to any organisation that is looking for a dynamic speaker to wow their audience. We will definitely be having him back.
After hearing William speak I was so impressed with his story and his vision that I purchased one of his books for each of my 80 staff members as a Christmas gift. This was received better than most previous gifts and I personally received a great deal of praise about it. Immediately following the Christmas break William did a follow up talk to my team. I was delighted with the size of the turnout which reinforced my decision with his book. William's presentation is clear and to the point and keeps those listening engaged throughout. His ability to link his story to my business and give my team some take home thoughts was great... I thoroughly recommend William as a speaker for any organisation keen to inject some attitude into their teams and get them thinking about their vision in life.
Harcourts BCRE Ltd.
I wish to recommend William Pike as a gifted and compelling speaker. William provided an engaging after-dinner presentation at the Australasian Nurse Educators Conference held in Hamilton which was attended by 350 people. His life-story is captivating, his presentation is well prepared and provides excellent use of video footage. He has the ability to hold an audience due to the nature of his story and he adapts the message to fit the audience. His message is both challenging, encouraging and relevant to people from all walks of life.
Eventuate [Wgtn] Ltd
We invited William to close our two day Leadership Programme for Physical Education teachers wishing to re-energise or move up to head of department or lead teacher middle leadership positions. Through effective and appropriate humour, William soon made people very comfortable about spending time delving deeply into what should have been a life ending experience. William’s account of the Mt. Ruapehu eruption, his survival, recuperation and subsequent inspiration, is captivating. Importantly, fellow teachers could resonate with this primary school teacher who provided them with a graphic example of turning adversity into not only a personal strength but one that will impact positively on the lives of many people, young and old alike. You simply cannot keep a good man down. William will inspire you and your team with attitudes and strategies to live every day as a good day. Young New Zealanders will draw enormously from an example of magnificent resilience forged in cast iron positivity.
Physical Education New Zealand