William Pike

William Pike

William Pike prides himself as being an ordinary kiwi bloke. However those who have heard him speak have undoubtedly thought the opposite. As an accomplished motivational speaker, author, amputee, 2015 Young New Zealander of the year finalist and an international role model, William is a leader and achiever who displays passion and success without limits. William is an avid outdoorsman with a powerful story of being critically injured in a volcanic eruption. He motivates audiences to be passionate, resilient, embrace challenges and ensures there are no limits placed on what you and your team wants to achieve.

Key Points

  • 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


William is a known Kiwi, sought-after motivational speaker and an accessible role model to youth both nationally and internationally.

He was one of two young climbers caught in a volcanic eruption on the slopes of Mount Ruapehu, on the evening of 25 September 2007. William suffered numerous life threatening injuries, and as a result, his right leg was amputated below the knee.

This was followed by an extensive recovery and rehabilitation. Through sheer bloody-mindedness, grit and determination William has since returned to the very mountain that took his leg.

William is an inspirational kiwi with an incredible story who believes in passion, resilience and embracing every day challenges in life. By thinking ‘all passion no limits’, William encourages wide ranging audiences to be successful, regardless of the circumstances.

He has a passion for the outdoors and education, which he believes in passing onto the next generation of kids.

William has an infectious enthusiasm for adventure, life and fun. His character and outlook on life are nicely summed up by the title of his popular autobiography, Every Day’s a Good Day.

William is an experienced Primary School teacher.

Today he is the face of the William Pike Challenge Award which has grown from strength-to- strength over the past three years. With 50 schools / groups in New Zealand and close to 1100 students, the William Pike Challenge Award is on its way to becoming the country’s most popular outdoor education program for 11 – 13 year olds.

In 2015 the first international school in Asia will begin the William Pike Challenge Award.

Presentation Topics
  • Climb that mountain
    • How a positive attitude, passion and embracing challenges will see you to the top

  • Define or destroy
    • How challenges and change can lead to great success

  • Living the team
    • Work with your team to achieve more

  • Key topics
    • Survival, leadership, teamwork, resilience, passion, no limits, embracing challenges, overcoming adversity, health and well-being, education, outdoor education, youth development and more

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.
Emma Lyons
General Manager
Business Blueprint

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.
Graham Viall
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.
Dave Treeby
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.
Gordon D Paterson
Executive Officer
Physical Education New Zealand





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