The Minstrel

Mark de Lacy, aka The Minstrel, presents ”Kiwi Tonguer”
a brilliant comedic floorshow celebrating kiwiana.

Includes a specially written hilarious team building song
about your company or event. Ther perfect solution for
you conference or awards dinner

Hilarious – Emotional – Engaging - Topical – Audience Participation

The Minstrel’s unique blend of humour and insight has established his work as the essence and spirit of NZ sport” Murray Deaker, Newstalk ZB

“… the way , I thought The Minstrel was outstanding” Graham Henry, All Black coach at Murray Mexted’s IRANZ dinner Palm Nth

“Draws in his audience and has them spellbound. A very rare talent and a great bloke” Chris Weaver, CEO Ellerslie Racing Club

“a pivotal part of a hugely successful conference – simply amazing” Johnathan Anderson, Kip McGrath Education

“star of the show, an extremely clever wordsmith and the ultimate entertainer” Wanganui Chronicle

“Brilliant comedy without foul language. Always delivers more than expected. My highest recommendation” Greg O’Connor, President NZ Police Assn.

Email enquiries to
phone: 027 2555442

Book early to avoid disapointment


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The Minstrel is a superb singer and brilliant guitarist. He performs beautiful acoustic background music in the form of classic songs from the 60s and 70s (Simon and Garfunkel, Cat Stevens, Neil Young, etc) while your guests are conversing during cocktails or meal. After dinner he adds drum and bass backing tracks to the mix to produce fabulous foot stomping dance music (everything from Elvis to Rolling Stones). This music is appreciated by all age groups, but especially loved by the over 40 brigade.

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An expert songwriter, the Minstrel is commissioned to write serious and comedic songs and jingles. Otago Regional Council commissioned “Albatross of Taiaroa” to celebrate 150 years of European settlement in Otago. The Mad Butcher commissioned a song for Stacey Jones’ tribute dinner.


The Minstrel has fifteen years experience as a corporate conference mc. He knows how to help ensure your conference runs smoothly and to time. He uses humorous topical verse, sharp wit and an intimate knowledge of all things Kiwi to keep your delegates focussed and entertained whilst introducing guests with business savvy professionalism. He even uses his considerable talents as a singer/guitarist to welcome guests to breakfast (see music section)

"what a fabulous way to start the day
Kip McGrath Education conference, Wanaka

Mark de Lacy (aka The Minstrel) is recognised as New Zealand’s Dr. Seuss.

His brilliant and comedic use of words and wordplay, combined with virtuosity on the guitar and business savvy professionalism sees him in high demand as a corporate, club, birthday, and christmas party entertainer – after dinner speaker – comedian – mc – motivator.

Like true minstrels of old Mark and his charming wife Chrissy live their lives on the road. They visit every town in New Zealand once every year entertaining, enthralling and motivating kids and teachers at over 200 primary and intermediate schools annually along the way.

The Minstrel’s weekly nationwide radio programme (on Murray Deaker’s Sportstalk – Newstalk ZB and Radiosport) has just celebrated it's 11th year on the network and has a cult following in New Zealand. Each Sunday at 12:50 in the afternoon he performs an hilarious parody on sport. Amazingly topical, these ditties are written on the same day of the show making his live shows hysterically up to date and his repertoire constantly changing.

Currently his signature Aussie bashing songs "Advance Australia Unfair" and "Aussie Haka" and especially his hilarious "Kiwi Tonguer" monologue which mentions 160 New Zealand place names and icons gets rave reviews from Sporting Clubs, Corporates, 50th and 60th Birthdays and Christmas Party goers alike.

"Highlight of the show - the ultimate entertainer " Wanganui Chronicle

CLICK HERE for sound bites from the show

The Minstrel’s long list of delighted and satisfied business clients include 2008 Wellington Rugby Awards Dinner, Lion Breweries, Federated Farmers, Capital Events, Corporate Host, Roadshow, NZ Property Investors, Top Ten Holiday Parks, Wizard Home Loans, Mazda, Guthrie Bowron, Meridian Energy, ANZ Bank, NZ Police Association, Simpson Grierson etc. etc.


The Minstrel, under his real name Mark de Lacy, has written best selling books on sports psychology. Hear how he used the same principles of lateral thinking, creative visualisation and goal setting promoted in his books to establish an extraordinarily successful business in entertainment and music.


Watch your guests dissolve in fits of laughter as The Minstrel tells hilarious tales of his life on the road. Hear him delight and surprise as he teaches them how to speak New Zealand (Kiwi Tonguer). Add a medley of brilliant and topical comic parodies and you have the perfect, refreshingly different after dinner speaker solution. Please note The Minstrel finds it unnecessary to use foul language in any of his material.


Email your enquiry and Mark will advise availablity and costs by return .



Mark de Lacy, aka The Minstrel has many awesome written references from well known individuals and companies. Personal referees can also be given.


The Minstrel can be contacted direct or through all the major celebrity speaker bureaus.

The Minstrel

Phone: (027) 2555 442



Mailing: 24 Mair Street, Whangarei