We are a Maori family commercial fishing business who welcomes real people and plain talking.  Mary is perfect for us and our way of thinking. She challenges our opinions and brings an unbiased view to our business.  Her knowledge of media is second-to-none and we believe nothing would trip her up. Mary is easy to talk to, good humoured, providing sound and practical advice.  We’d happily recommend her to anyone.

Andrew Rolleston, General Manager, Pelco NZ Limited – March 2022

Mary’s ability to listen deeply and safely encourage sharing in order to build trust, allowed us to develop our self-awareness. This then made the learning more impactful and enhanced the way we now plan and execute our media messaging and engagement.

Gemma Carroll, Communications & Extension Officer, Potatoes NZ – January 2022

Yes… it WAS tough. And confronting. And challenging. Yes… it was difficult to listen to myself and even worse to watch myself. But it was a great experience and I loved our small group. It felt ‘safe’ and non-judgemental, which was hugely important. To my surprise I left feeling more confident in myself. So, thank you for the opportunity to participate, for sharing your insights and knowledge, and for your constructive feedback. It is all hugely appreciated. 

Louise L – July 2021

Mary is amazing to work with for media and presentation training for our clients. She has the unique ability of making people feel comfortable in the television studio but gently challenges them to bring out their best on camera and on radio. Her advice and experience is invaluable to any business or organisation that wants to improve the way they present themselves to media. We continue to work with Mary and refer our clients to Socius whenever possible.

Celia Crosbie
Managing Director
Scope Media

“I love the speech you wrote for me to deliver at my son’s wedding. Thank you. What an awesome help you have been. So glad I found you guys. Thank you so, so much.” Jenny Williams, Auckland, Feb 2021

Jenny Williams, Auckland – February 2021

“I personally found this session to be the most beneficial. Completely out of my comfort zone and so far from any areas of expertise I have. Really, really worthwhile!

I’m really pleased I was pushed into doing this. It was fantastic! I’ve already had to put some of it into practice with an out of the blue media call last week and I was able to keep calm and work through a process.

This was a great session. It would be good to have longer with Mary.

This was actually my favourite part of the week! I would like to say I don’t really need it at the moment, but it made me aware that I really need to make more of an effort to get info out into the community and really promote what we do.”

Conductive Education facilitators

I love working with Mary and Jim. You’d be hard pressed to find more engaging, warm and down to earth people providing media and presentation training. Everyone that goes through their programme improves remarkably with each session. Highly recommended.

Jessamy Malcolm Cowper
Senior PR Manager
The Warehouse Group

Socius took a warm and friendly but no nonsense approach to training our executive team who all thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon we spent with Jim and Mary. What I most appreciated was how up to date they are. Their techniques and approach are totally appropriate for a 24 hour news, social media driven world.

Fiona MacMillan
GM, Corporate Communications at Sanford Fisheries


Mary and Jim provided us with quick, smart and insightful advice when I launched my new website, MyAdvice.Legal. They are well connected in the media industry, and provided valuable feedback on what works in terms of our desired audience and key messages. I would highly recommend Socius. They understand how business works and are practical.

Mai Chen Managing Partner
Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Auckland.
LLB(Hons) (Otago) LLM (Harvard) FNZIM

University of Auckland

“We have used Socius’ services for in-studio media training. The sessions are enjoyable, full of great advice and targeted to individual needs.”

Tania Henderson
Head of PR and Media The Warehouse Group

“Socius is our secret weapon. We are a UK-based branded content company, which outsources to James, Mary and team because their writing expertise is unrivalled and their insight and knowledge across every subject area is impossible for us to replicate with any supplier – globally. Socius’ most recent work for us has been nominated for an International Marketing Award and we look forward to co-producing more award-winning features with them in the future.”

Roslyn Shaw
Managing Director, Alpha Grid, A Financial Times Company · Executive Creative Director of Branded Content (FT² )
Advisory Board Member, Branded Content Marketing Association.

“In the new media world, many CEOs know that they should be maintaining their profile on Linked In, or other social and traditional media, as part of helping build their organisation’s brand. But many are too busy and are focussed on their day job. Boards want both but of course the day job comes first.
Socius offer the perfect solution. Jim and Mary are highly respected, relevant media practitioners. They are committed, passionate and intelligent, and have a genuine interest in the success of the organisation – and media is their day job.
They also offer media training and media strategic advice to people and organisations.
Well done Socius, I’m pleased you’ve arrived.”

Janine Smith MNZM, MPhil (Hons 1st Class), BCom
Principal The Boardroom Practice Limited and experienced Chair and Director.

“I have found the perfect partner in Socius to broaden my training in media and communications. Socius has shown expertise and leadership in this area and I would not hesitate to recommend them.”

Ming Pollard LLB, BBA, ACA, Post Grad Dip (Accountancy)
Head of Titan NZ Trust