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Enoka NZOM

Internationally renowned mental skills coach

My set of values is simple - my word is my honour and I seal things with a handshake


Gilbert Enoka has a long history of success as a mental skills coach with New Zealand’s corporate and sporting elite. He is internationally renowned for his 23-year history with the All Blacks, first as their mental skills coach and then as All Blacks Manager - Leadership. He has been with the All Blacks for over 300 tests and during that time the team has won back-to-back Rugby World Cups, a very close runner up in 2023, one Laureus Award (for the best team in the world), 21 consecutive Bledisloe Cups, three Grand Slams, eight Tri Nations and Nine Rugby Championships.

Gilbert has worked as a mental skills coach for the All Blacks, Canterbury Crusaders, the Silver Ferns and the Black Caps and strongly believes that players who are mentally prepared will perform better on the day. Gilbert is currently consulting with Chelsea Football club in the UK.

He has also worked as a highly skilled practitioner, working on performance enhancement for over thirty years with top CEO’s, businesses, and sporting elite.

Gilbert is philosophical in his approach to his own life and thrives on working with people who are in pursuit of excellence, consistency, and sustained performance over time.

Everyone LOVED him. Truly inspiring and relatable to people who may have thought they had nothing in common with him. CES

Gilbert engaged the group well and tailored his talk to fit with the group. The audience felt energised by his talk and though he apologised for running slightly over time, it felt like we could have done another hour with him.

Central Pacific Collective

It was a pleasure to have Gilbert along, his speaking was very engaging and compelling. We had plenty of positive feedback from our guests and our internal team. Also thank you to Rachel Bird who made the process hassle-free - great communication. Thank you!

Tuatara Structures

We are absolutely delighted to have had the opportunity for Gilbert to speak at our company's conference. He was outstanding, everybody could relate to his message and had something to take away afterward. The staff is all still talking about Gilbert Enoka and his speech. Really appreciate his message.


Gilbert was a highlight during the day with many people referring to his insights throughout the course of the day. Many said he was the standout for them. Gilbert's humour, humility and relatability really shines through when he's speaking and his knowledge/wisdom/experience is invaluable. Given the chance, we would definitely have Gilbert present again.


Gilbert was highly captivating to listen to and tailored his content to fit the needs of the group with a real buzz and down to earth approach that saw him relate well to the audience. Prior to the session several staff had commented that they didn't know who he was or didn't watch rugby so weren't all that enthused by our choice of speaker. However it didn't take long for Gilbert to have caused a 360-degree turn in their attitude, with his content and delivery directing relating to the business needs and day to day pursuit of excellence. It was great to see so many of our staff furiously taking notes through the presentation and they were buzzing with ideas after we left. I feel that an hour only scratched the surface of what Gilbert has to offer and was left energized and excited with what we could implement within the businesses.


Really enjoyed our session. Valuable insights into what excellence looks like, very relevant material and presented in a very pragmatic and inspiring way. Thank you.

Callaghan Innovation

Gilbert did an outstanding job. The team loved his presentation and took a huge amount away from it.

Nova Energy

I think it's safe to say that Gilbert was one of, if not the highlight of our conference. Which is something, because we had a couple of other fairly high profile speakers, and a range of other national and international experts (I won't name them so as not to offend!) But yes, Gilbert was next level' “ his energy, the style and format of his talk, and the content and message “ were all brilliant, and really engaged the whole audience. He created a buzz, people loved him, and I heard nothing but positive feedback from everyone I spoke to. I want to particularly mention how universally relevant his content is/was “ I don't know much about rugby, I'm not even that keen on it to be quite honest! but even though he was talking, often, in a rugby context, the points he was making were just as applicable to our business “ applicable to any business or endeavour really “ and it was actually refreshing to hear it in a completely different setting (but still see the relevance to us). Great guy. Fantastic speaker.

Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management

Please pass on our thanks to Gilbert Enoka. He was very well received and his presentation content and style were very much the topic of conversation and praise for the remainder of the conference. We would really highly recommend him.

Genetic Technologies

Gilbert Enoka is an incredibly inspirational speaker “ and delivered his messages in a way that everyone in the room could relate to. He triggered action amongst everyone attending to reflect on themselves and identify ways they can make simple changes to improve our wider team performance & culture. The messages delivered were on point and we could not have asked for anything better.

New Zealand Post Limited
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