See below to find out more about our amazing speakers!

Supporting and collaborating with local organisations in our community,

we aim to EQUIP parents and caregivers with the tools and products for effective parenting, EMPOWER through informative talks and workshops, and EXCITE all ages with an interactive and family fun day out! 

Virgin Mum

Karen Tews

Hannah Romano

Suzy Cato

10:15am – 11:15am

11:30am – 12:30pm



Speaker sessions will be held in The Jaycee Building at the following times

 Charley Chop Chop

 John Parsons


12:45pm – 1:30pm

1:45pm – 2:15pm

2:30pm – 3:00pm

3:15pm – 3:55pm


Suzy Cato – Sponsored by Nurture at Home


It’s Our Time! Suzy Cato has been the friend of many a kiwi kid, for generations.  Now a mum of a 14 year old and a 12 year old, Suzy is still knee deep in all things “kid” with a kids radio show, Suzy & Friends, that plays on 25 stations across the country including Fresh FM (8am on a Saturday, repeating 6am on a Sunday).  She also has a YouTube channel dedicated to kids, TreehutTV,  and is about to release her first kids album, with a book to be published by Scholastic next year! She’ll be joined by Kath Bee, on the More FM stage to sing some of your old favs and some of your kid’s new ones. Then she’ll share the dirt on fun, play, music and dance – not just for the kids, but for you, on the Speaker’s Stage in the afternoon.


Website: suzy.co.nz

Facebook: SuzyCatoOfficial

Instagram: @suzy_cato

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Charley Chop Chop – Sponsored by Benge & Co


Welcome everybody my name is Charley Chop Chop. I am passionate about teaching children and adults how to cook and lead a balanced and healthy lifestyle. Teaching children how to cook is the greatest gift you can ever give them. I am so looking forward to meeting you all and sharing my knowledge and expertise with you at The Nelson Parent and Child Expo in September.


Website: charleychopchop.co.nz

Facebook: charleychopchop

Instagram: @charleychopchop

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John Parsons – Sponsored by Zoom Consulting


The three most important assets a child needs to use technology safely are self-control, empathy and a strong sense of self-worth, all of that can be found in a home that nurtures, loves and protects the child. The most important relationship a child has is the one they have with family it is not the one they have with technology. Topics covered include online grooming. How to avoid excessive screen time. How to build an open relationship with children as they engage with ICT. Teaching children how to play online games safely. Online grooming and teaching children how to repel and report and Teaching children to value identity. Educating young people to understand the value of identity is the first step to using ICT safely and ethically.


Website: s2e.co.nz

Facebook: johnparsonsS2E

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Virgin Mum (Nic Winslade) – Sponsored by GK Events


Virgin Mum is a blog run by born and bred Nelson girl Nic Winslade documenting her hilariously real journey on the hard streets of motherhood. She will share the mum funnies, survival tips and mental #fitspo in her session ‘IMMUNISE THE MUM GUILTS’.

Facebook: Virginmum

Instagram: @virgin_mum

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Hannah Romano – Sponsored by GK Events


Hannah has enjoyed a successful career as a Health and Fitness Coach achieving the honour as one of New Zealand’s top gym instructors as well as Group Exercise Instructor of the Year. She’s wife to Luke Romano, professional rugby player for the Crusaders and All Blacks. Her goal is supporting and challenging people to achieve their goals. Last year Hannah and Luke opened up to the media about their journey on losing their baby Felix to stillbirth, from that openness and vulnerability they have helped changed maternity leave in New Zealand when having a stillbirth, allowing other kiwi families in the same situation time to grieve.


Website: hanromano.com

Facebook: hanromano

Instagram: @hanromano

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Karen Tews – Sponsored by GK Events


Karen, Maths Spies, is a full-time private maths tutor for Primary and Intermediate level maths. An experienced classroom teacher, she set up Maths Spies in Nelson in 2018. Karen now sees over 20 students each week for one to one or small group private maths lessons. She uses equipment, games, observing and listening to students to help them develop a deeper understanding of maths concepts. Karen will be sharing some ideas on how to help your own child with maths at home.


Website: maths-spies.co.nz

Facebook: MathsSpies