Dave Curtis

A warm and engaging facilitator, Dave knows how to connect with learners and use personal experiences to engage and create a positive learning environment.

Dave became the youngest New Zealander ever to achieve a national top 10 hit when his song Wheel of Fortune reached number five in 1970. He was just 13 at the time. Following this early success, Dave pursued a career in music in New Zealand and Britain, where he became a seasoned entertainer and performed in front of thousands of people.

In parallel with his music, Dave played senior representative cricket for both Wellington and Auckland. This unique combination of skills has given him insights into principles that can be applied in the workplace, particularly in improving teamwork, communication and the pursuit of excellence.

Dave has been with The Learning Wave since 2007 and has worked with a wide range of clients including Downer, Countdown, Hubbards, Carter Holt Harvey, NZ Bus, Stevenson and Pacific Homecare. He has a National Certificate in Adult Literacy and Numeracy, and enjoys facilitating workplace literacy programmes with ESOL learners, which has become his area of specialisation.

In 2018, Dave was awarded the Skills Highway Champion Trainer award, and also assisted Buckley Systems Ltd in becoming a finalist in the Skills Highway Awards for a literacy and numeracy programme.

Dave has assisted with other big wins for API Consumer Brand, to win the Highly Commended Skills Highway Award in 2016, and Pacific Homecare in 2013 to win the Skills Highways Award – both for literacy and numeracy programmes.

“It’s not an even playing field out there, and it’s my passion to equip learners with the necessary tools and motivation to realise their highest potential.”