Dyslexia is an alternative way of thinking which can bring both challenges and rewards. The challenges often come in mastering skills like reading and writing, and overcoming feelings of difference and disenfranchisement. On the flipside, dyslexia can provide strengths in areas like creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship – lending itself to truly thinking outside the square!

This page is dedicated to inspiring New Zealanders who have turned difference into success.

Click on the individual pictures to read a five minute interview.


Billy Graham
Boxing Coach (NaeNae Boxing Academy) and Motivational Speaker
Geoff Blackwell
Book Publisher
Geoff Knight
Tenor and Motivational Speaker
Himi Ratnakar
Graphic Designer, Photographer and Video Editor
John McCaughtry
Former Engineer and Counsellor in Training
James Lassche
NZ Representative Rower
Kirsteen Britten
Former International Model and Davis Dyslexia Programme Facilitator
Lucas Chisholm
Young Writer and Publisher
Mem Bourke
Creator of NZ Body
Art Awards
Mike Hamel
Hair Designer
Sir Peter Leitch
The 'Mad Butcher'
Paul Reid
Chief Operating Officier
NZ Post
Sir Richard Taylor
Weta Workshop Founder
Sian Jaquet
Life Coach and
Read Graeme's story


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