What Our Clients Say 

"On behalf of the School of Physical Education, University of Otago, thank you so much for your so many hours, days & weeks of support for our students & staff. Your contribution to the development & future potential of others has been massive. Personally it has been a joy & priviledge to work with you & the Free Spirit Training & Development organisation."

Geoff Ockwell
Coordinator of the ATP papers
School of Physical Education
University of Otago

"Our entire team at Firebrand recently had a half day Time Management session with the Free Spirit team and we can't recommend it highly enough. Coming together to be challenged on our way of doing things, considering the impact of our actions on others and team dynamics around a time based business operation is no small undertaking but the benefits were enormous. Instantly, we have seen improvements in our team work and conversations are ongoing around how to improve things. Thank you Kim, you are a fantastic facilitator and we look forward to our next team development session next year."

Rebecca Twemlow
Managing Director

“Free Spirit worked with the team at Artemis for a day’s coaching in team communications and understanding communication styles. As we are a fast-growing small company, effective communications throughout the organisation is imperative for positive growth. Free Spirit did an outstanding job of facilitating a fun, interactive and productive day that gave us valuable tools and methods to use going forward. We have since implemented many of the suggestions and staff report that the investment and understandings of fellow team members have added value to their workplace. Thank you Chris, Kim & the team at Free Spirit.”

Rebecca Flintoft
General Manager

"Thank you so much for your two days training - they were absolutely AWESOME! And very much appreciated by our staff and management. Excellent feedback for such a wide range of staff. You are both very talented people and certainly have a gift."

Claire Whitten
Administration Manager

"I am writing to say a big thank you to you for sharing your fantastic presentation on "Understanding our different communication styles". I personally gained a lot of new insight and really enjoyed your relaxed presentation style. You demonstrated an in depth understanding, passion for and knowledge of the subject."  

Angela Dewhirst
2013 NZATS Conference

"Free Spirit Training & Development has real strength in engaging people, mixing theory with practice, getting very real and practical in the learning. Kim is a very people person who is able to get to the issues rapidly and build real rapport, which in turn creates learning and growth."

Sue Tucker
Chief of Operations
NZ Post

"Chris, thanks for creating such a great learning opportunity. This would have to be the most successful course I have been on to learn about myself, thank you.  A bonus to me was the team spirit that was generated."

Keith Turner
Chief Executive
Meridian Energy

“Operating remotely on a daily basis, this was a valuable team experience which has subsequently improved our team culture and made us more effective and cohesive unit in our market place. From a staff management perspective, it was also very insightful. I would have no hesitation in recommending the very professional services of Free Spirit Training & Development for personal and team development programmes.”

Brent Dunshea
General Manager - Sales
mtf (Motor Trade Finance)

"When we had to form a team for the most important project our Auckland team had ever undertaken we turned to Free Spirit to help us pull a group of very strong personalities together into a team with a single focus. Before we gathered for the workshop, Chris warned us to expect the unexpected, he could not have been closer to the truth, we all gained a greater understanding of each other, found out first-hand how we each react under pressure and gained a better understanding of how important diversity is to a successfull team."

Phil Brosnan
Auckland Regional Manager
Naylor Love

"Thank you for your fantastic facilitation of our Frontline training evening. The evening was brilliant success, exceeding all expectations, and everyone greately enjoyed and valued the experiance. Focusing on our style of customer service and the way it relates to our core values will improve our team culture, and made us much more effective in our approach to customer care."

Karen Philip
Human Resources Manager
Mercy Hospital

“Thank you so much for your time last week during the “Skills of the Effective Team Leader” Workshop. I have come home with some great ideas for my team, my clients and my personal life too.  I thoroughly enjoyed the 3-day course and have RAVED about it to our HR manager.”

Rachel Christie
Senior Trade Broker – Bartercard New Zealand
10 Million Dollar Trader

“Thank you for an informative & enjoyable training session today.  I learned some excellent new ideas as well as refreshed a few key points.  Keep up the good work.  Your examples and enthusiastic manner are extremely effective in conveying what you want your audience to get out of it.”

Ann Schneider
Parker O’Connor Trust

“A mighty thank you for the work with our PhysEd Students, Chris. From all (student) accounts & the evaluations I have seen there have been some special experiences & lots for students to think about and do.
Well done!”

John Maxted
School of Physical Education
University of Otago

“Chris and Kim did a fantastic job during our staff training. They facilitated some real connections and professional support amongst us all and inspired a real 'team' connection amongst all the staff. I can't really say enough about how well that all went due to their input.”

Annie Dignan
School of Physical Education
University of Otago

“Word cannot express how lucky and thankful I am for the wonderful leadership training that you run for us at SNFP. I gained new knowledge and experiences from what you taught, and as a Manager for SNPF Internal Audit Department, I will use this to enhance myself and my department skills to the best of my ability.”

God Bless,

Nimia Tosefa Faiilagi
Samoa National Provident Fund

"Dear Kim,

I want to tell you how much I enjoyed our three days with you last week on our “Skills of the Effective Team Leader” Training you designed for our management team. For me it was not just the information presented but the way it was presented. You had us all “hooked” and on the “journey” right from the first day and this continued on through out the 3 days.

I have been to many courses during my career and without hesitation am able to say this was the most enjoyable and beneficial. This was related to the way you engaged our team of different people and different skills without causing any threat or nervousness. It just flowed.

You have inspired me at a time when I needed inspired. Thank you.

The team are a neat group of committed individuals who want to learn and develop. I look forward to contacting you soon to continue our growth through an ongoing relationship with Free Spirit. Thank you Kim”

Sue Connor

“Thank you both for your efforts in bringing people together to learn more about one another, understand more about different roles and to have fun as a group whilst singing our and Larnach Castles praises. I hope that moving forward more people will be more positive about change & challenging situations. We all took away good values and thoughts and some objectives to confirm moving forward."

Thanks again for your energy and input.”

Andrew Husheer    
General Manager
Larnach Castle