Reputation

Here’s a collection of what our audience, speakers, and sponsors have to say about our annual event, TEDxTauranga:

TEDxTauranga 2016 Audience Reactions

Coming soon…

TEDxTauranga 2015 Audience Reactions

Speaker Reactions

“Thank you so much for the amazing day that you and your team put together. It was an honor to be part of it. I have come away feeling uplifted, inspired and very very proud to be a kiwi. Thank you”
– Bronwen Connor, 2015 TEDxTauranga Speaker

“Thank you for all the hard work you put in to making this happen. It was such a great event for Tauranga, and there was an irrepressible spirit of curiosity, compassion and community  evident throughout the day.”
– David Pattemore, 2015 TEDxTauranga Speaker

“Can I just say that the highlight of my day yesterday was watching a mum talking about how proud she was of her son!”
– Stephen Lethbridge, 2015 TEDxTauranga Speaker

“I tautoko what David and Stephen said. And I’m definitely planning to come back next year. :-)”
– Catherine Iorns, 2015 TEDxTauranga Speaker

“It was a day I’ll never forget. It was an honour and a privilege to work with you all – Thank you.”
– Ellis Bryers, 2015 TEDxTauranga Speaker

“Yesterday was personally liberating and healing.  Thanks to you all for one of the most wonderful days of my life.  I took something home with me from each and every one of you.”
– Harold Hillman, 2015 TEDxTauranga Speaker

“Thank you so much Sheldon for organizing this event. It was such a wonderful opportunity and such a privilege to share with 1000 new friends. To all the other speakers you did such an amazing job and it was a pleasure to meet all of you.”
– Jason Edgecombe, 2015 TEDxTauranga Speaker

“Loved sharing the day with all you lovely speakers yesterday – was so interesting hearing everyone’s different passions and life journey’s – and everyone brought such a unique element and perspective – was a privilege to be a part of it with you!”
– Rachael van der Gugten, 2015 TEDxTauranga Speaker

Sponsor Reactions

“TEDxTauranga leaves you feeling inspired, amazed, entertained and engaged, and if you’re lucky, you also leave with a couple of new friends.  I loved being part of this years event and as a result, I have challenged myself to be more authentically me, more culturally aware and a more genuine person as a whole.  Keep it coming TEDxTauranga Team!”
– Pip Loader, 2015 TEDxTauranga Sponsor: Tauranga City Council

“Thanks very much, thought it was an awesome event, and should we have the opportunity would be keen at supporting the next one. I personally was very impressed with the organisation of the day, which is credit to all the people involved.”
– Lance Best, 2015 TEDxTauranga Sponsor: Voyager Luggage

“We LOVED being involved – Roll on next year!”
– Anna Magdalinos, 2015 TEDxTauranga Sponsor: Eventfinda

“Well done Sheldon and team – what a turn out!”
– Greg Simmonds, 2015 TEDxTauranga Sponsor: Ignition Co-working Space

Well done and thank you for putting on an excellent event on Saturday. The talks were thought provoking, inspiring and evoked a range of emotions including sadness, anger, joy, happiness and even a little bit of awe. I also think the ‘in between’ bits were also well executed. The entertainment was great and the refreshments were just what was needed.  Bring on 2016!!!
– Simon Perry, 2015 TEDxTauranga Sponsor: ZM

Audience Reactions

“What a fantastic day. Thanks to all involved in TEDxTauranga. I’m so proud to be a kiwi. The inventions, research, music, self revelations, and thought provoking talks match any I’ve watched  online from overseas.  What a day!” – Ingrid

“Great day! Was planning to skip off early, but enjoyed it so much I just had to keep watching.  Compelling.  Thanks for bringing the event to Tauranga.” – Edwina Heath

“It was far more than I would ever expected! The sense of openness, community, encouragement and hope was something that everyone could use more of in their lives.” – Anna Schroeder

“From Kiwitanga to Fart free New Zealand via honeybees, worms, brains, human rights, education, inspiration, and soul searching,  what a way to spend a Saturday. My first live TEDx and definitely not my last.” – Adele

“Bloody brilliant! I wish I could capture the emotion and bottle it. Those speakers capture your soul.” – Ian Gray

“My first live TEDx event and it lived up to my expectations. You created something awesome. I loved the authenticity and the intellectual curiosity of everyone there.” – Donne Medley

“It turned out to be much more of an event than I expected. Before the event I read through the listed subject matter and thought that some of the subjects would be of little interest to me. Why would an arts person like me want to learn about soil? However, the enthusiastic presentations worked their magic. The soil scientist, for example, had a most attention getting approach by talking about a tiny tube technology which he later revealed to be the worm. The food, recycling, music and drumming made the event much more than just a series of lectures.” – Raye Catran

“It was an amazing event with a broad range of speakers to captivate the audience.  I loved the brain breaks (drumming/music) and the diverse mix of people. It was also really important to me that the event was sustainable with a clear waste management strategy.” – Stef Beaumont-Gill

“It was an incredible event and experience. The speakers were amazing as well as the entertainment acts. Everyone was so friendly and willing to include anyone and everyone into what was happening.” – Nicole Rickard

“Extremely well run from start to finish. A wonderful sense of community among all present. Intellectually and emotionally satisfying. I felt connected to the human race in a positive and proud way. I am determined to be more authentic and positive about myself and in my actions. Thank-you Sheldon for leading the way.” -Lindsay Muir

“Absolutely loved it, such interesting speakers, loved learning new things and being put right about others; really well organised and great food :-).” – Tracey

“Awesome!!! All of the speakers were different and had different messages but were all great to listen to! The entertainment was awesome swell!” – Kimberley Somerville

“Great diversity of talks, great entertainment program! All in all a perfect night! Thanks !” – Demian Rosenthal

“Meaningful, thought-provoking, engaging and entertaining.” – Lucia Vallely

“TEDxTauranga was my first TEDx event. I found it inspiring and bursting with positives.” – Ian Jacobs

“Superb event! I have booked the 11th July in my diary for next year already!” – Lizzie

“The speakers were all different and spoke with passion. They were inspirational, educational and gave us lots to ponder. I will be looking forward to TEDxTauranga 2016.” – Shona

“TEDxTauranga was a wonderful event. An incredible platform to knowledge and human interaction.” – Susana Vega

“Inspirational!  Great value for money!” – Christine Sadler

“We were ‘Super fans” before attending, however we are now “Super Super fans” after attending a live TEDx event.  Words do not quite describe it, as it was more about the feelings we felt, from the energy displayed throughout the day!  Thank you Sheldon and team for making it an truly awesome extraordinary day!” – Denese Konowe

“Amazing amazing amazing. Well oiled machine that provided me and the 1000 around me with an incredible experience.” – Julie Millar

“I went along knowing very little about TEDx and left feeling the best I have felt in over a year. It woke me up through motivation, knowledge and laughter. When I talk to other people about my experience I become animated and excited, like I’m re-living it all over again. I’ll be coming every year for my booster shot!” – Dana

“What a fantastic, interesting, thought provoking day! Well organised and ran like clockwork…..I would definitely attend again and recommend it to others.” – Gail White

“So well organised. The speakers for the most part were exceptional. I was pleased and surprised to see so many young people present….The environment was dope, super engaging and felt safe and open minded. I’m into that.” – Waiora Te Moni

“An amazing day out, inspiring, interesting and such a buzz to spend a day with fantastic people in the crowd and on the stage.  It’s made extra special by the fact that it’s non profit and organised by volunteers, thank you to you amazing people.” – Julie

“…Love that there are 1006 other people in town who I can discuss the experience with, and that the rest of town I can share with… but they won’t truly understand the experience until they attend themselves.” – Loren

” The day flew by. Such a range of thought provoking speakers, stunning entertainment, gorgeous food. All peppered with excellent conversations among a really interesting crowd of people. Such a great atmosphere.” – Carolyn Dwight

“It was amazing and it was organized so well. I really appreciate all the people that took time to make this happen. The speakers were great, entertainment delightful and food delicious. Worth driving 4 hours to attend :)” – Ruthy

“This was one of the best days I have had for some time. The speakers were very inspiring, the day “ran like clockwork”, the food was superb and all very stream-lined. The percussion session was extremely well done. Thank you for the voluntary time that so many people put in to make this day happen.  It was FANTASTIC.” – Nicky Wilkins

“Inspiring, uplifting, proud to be a Kiwi, and realising to never lose sight of ones dreams!” – Ken Knott

“Work offered to pay for us all to attend TEDxTauranga, it’s not something I would usually choose to spend my weekend doing….We moved around, got involved in all of the activities (the bongos were amazing, getting us involved like that was amazing!!), woofled down the delicious foods and juices and listened carefully to every word the speakers had to say. In the days after TEDx I found myself think more and more about what the speakers had to say and found that with time I found their words and stories even more thought provoking and amazing.” – Hollie

“super-duper-amazingly-fantastic-beautifully-inspiring-best-day-ever!” – Melissa McNab

“A wonderful day and as promised by Sheldon at the beginning,it went all too quickly. The speakers covered a much wider range of subjects than I had expected and I believe that I learned something from all of them. I certainly hope to be there again next year.” – Keith Muir

“What a breath of fresh air to attend this in Tauranga – Auckland is feasible, USA err not so much.  So thank you for bringing it to Tauranga.  Great event, short, sharp, informative speakers …loved the brain stimulation.  I also really enjoyed the zero waste monitoring at this event.” – Mel Cottingham

“AMAZING! Very Inspired! 1st TEDx & won’t be the last! Loved the Bongo drums & amazing speakers. Food was fab too! Thanks Sheldon & team.” – Naomi Freeman

“I love Ted Talks. Imagine my suppose when I heard Tauranga was hosting Tedx – pure joy. – my date (my wonderful friend) told me on many occasions to calm down. Once I got to the venue I was thrilled! It was organised fantastically, the speakers were all authorities in their chosen field. Some weren’t fields I was interested in yet I found myself fully conscious through their talks, still eager to learn.” – Tanya

“You can’t go wrong with a positive, thought providing, inspiring, world changing event like TEDx.  Loved every minute.” – Jay

“Awesome day. Some very interesting speakers. Sheldon has done a great job. hope to be there next year too. Will be watching more and more TEDx videos.” – Mark Rowley

“So pleased I set aside 25 July as a “me” day. What an amazing experience !!” – Cath

“Thank you TEDx Tauranga. I have already marked the Calendar for next year. I found the atmosphere and the open friendliness so refreshing. The management of the 1007 attendees was magical, there was instant quiet without request, the delicious food appeared from nowhere, stunning Talks and simple fun and laughter . The day flew by leaving me feeling so inspired, young and optimistic. We do have people who care and will make a difference.” – Suzanne Robertson

“I enjoyed the day very much as it was not something I had experienced the like of before. I appreciated all the hard work it took to put on the event and that as a student I got such a good discount so thanks for that!” – Jemma

“An amazing experience to have so many interesting people with fascinating ideas together on one day – uplifting and inspiring.” – Cathie

“The whole event was a class act.   Superbly planned and executed. Great timing, brilliant and varied the speakers, great choice of entertainment and selection of videos.  Can’t fault anything.  Food was lovely, and how nice to not have to wait in queues!  Sheldon did a great job in prepping the audience which meant the event ran smoothly and to time. Everyone knew what they had to do to make the day a success, right down to aiming for zero waste.  The tone was set at the beginning of the day, and it continued right til the end.  Awesome.  An absolute credit to you and your team Sheldon.” – Angela

“The speakers were inspiring, the artists were very entertaining and it was great to network with so many like minded people wanting to make the world a better place one idea at a time. We’ll be back next year :-)” – Dave

“Awesome day, great speakers. Came away educated, enlightened and entertained.” – John Bowden

“Fantastic..inspiring…emotional…it all happened at TEDx Tauranga 2015.  I am already counting down to TEDx Tauranga 2016.” – Sonia

“Congratulations Sheldon and team for yet another day of awesomeness with not only inspirational, motivational, and captivating speakers, but first-rate entertainment, the interactive drumming coming as a huge surprise!” – Jill Nutsford

“Thoroughly enjoyed myself ….excellent event. ….definitely be back again next year.” – Andy Collins

“The best day I have spent for some years !! So well organised and run to perfection. I never saw a hickup all day! My brain tingled with things to think about and I hope I will be able to re see each of the presentations in the near future on line.” – Tricia

“Loved every component of participating in TEDx Tauranga. AWESOMENESS.” – Marie Hutchison

 

TEDxTauranga 2014 Reactions

Speaker Reactions

“Thank you for the opportunity to speak, it was a truly inspiration experience, and great to meet your amazing crew. Awesome job pulling it all together!”
– Nicole Masters, 2014 TEDxTauranga Speaker

“I commend you and am so grateful to you for your courage and vision… You’re definitely making a difference in our community and in the world, thank you.”
– Dr. Liza Schneider, 2014 TEDxTauranga Speaker

“Congratulations on managing such an awesome event. Everyone I spoke to really enjoyed the TEDx event – me too! I felt honored to be one of your speakers.”
– Dr. Rodney Ford, 2014 TEDxTauranga Speaker

“Wahoo! Loved the TEDx experience! Inspiring and mind blowing. Great job crew. Thanks for the invite!!!!!”
– Nicole Masters, 2014 TEDxTauranga Speaker

Sponsor Reactions

“What a great experience and event – well done! I thoroughly enjoyed the day/night and just wanted to commend you and your team for a fantastic TEDx show where all of the speakers and performers lived up to their billing.”
– Tait Grindley, General Manager at New Zealand Institute of Management Inc.

“As a firm we want to engage with our clients at a deeper level than as a simple service provider. Part of that engagement is the exchange of ideas and interests. By sponsoring TEDx we demonstrated to our clients that as a firm we value the power of ideas to make a difference. As an event it also gave us multiple opportunities to Network with many people on the day between speakers. There was a real buzz in the breaks and striking up a conversation was dead easy. We would definitely recommend sponsoring the event to any business that wants to make a difference and be associated with a diverse audience of all ages , views and backgrounds. The experience at the event was outstanding. It was a very professional event of high quality. A visitor from London said that it was better than a TEDx event she had been to in New York.”
– Mackenzie & Elvin – Platinum Sponsor

“Tedx Tauranga was a well organised professional event with many thought provoking speakers. As an organisation SmartGrowth values the same ideas as TEDx and aligns with new and innovative approaches to growth and planning. Highly recommend to be part of as a sponsor.”
– Justine Brennan, SmartGrowth Implementation Manager

Audience Reactions

“What a fantastic event!!… It was well run; with great speakers and good catering but most of all was the atmosphere and the buzz in the air to be in a room with 500 plus creative, interesting and thinking people. Can’t wait until next year.”
– Bernie van der Lee

“Thank you for a wonderful day yesterday, loved it, speakers were awesome.”
– Sharon Lambert

“Sheldon was funny and so full of passion. Great range of well prepared thought provoking speakers
Entertainment of a high standard. Venue was great and plenty of parking always a bonus. The folk foods and presentation were awesome & quantities seemed spot on.”
– Carla Beazley

“Well done, you carried the day in an easy going and entertaining way. I enjoyed the stimulation of different perspectives – putting a bit of music in there helped too.”
– Dave Collins, Service Supervisor at Komatsu, Auckland

“The venue was fantastic and getting a good seat was not too difficult. There was the free shopping experience – great giveaways – and the chance to rub shoulders with people before the show got under way. The event started on time – always a plus for punctual me – and your introduction was informative, fun and….. quirky. From the first speaker to the last and including the video talks, the material was always of at least decent acceptable, sometimes superb and occasionally, totally sooooo inspiring. Fantastic, that us GFs were well catered for.”
– Murray Maunder

“We had fun, met people, ate delicious food, heard some fantastic ideas from our people that were definitely worth sharing. Robyn and I will definitely plan TedxTauranga 2015 into our diaries and tell lots of our friends to give it a go.”
– Robyn Maunder

“TEDxTauranga was a dynamic mixture of real time speakers, new ideas, innovative music, lots of passion and an opportunity to meet great people and discover new adventures for both the body and the mind. The speakers were interesting and committed and for most of them this was a great place to get their message out and get reactions. The day made a difference in all the lives of those present I believe. It did in mine and I am looking forward to working with several presenters and several attendees on new ideas and campaigns.”
– Roberta Budvietas, Business Mentor at BUDZ Business Services

“We had a great time with several speakers of direct interest to family and it was particularly satisfying to watch their enthusiasm for all things grow. Lots of buzz all the way home to Hamilton and we are going to have TED video nights once a week.”
– Nigel Byron

“#TEDxTauranga amazing today! Learnt what a gluten is”
– Jim Grafas ‏‪@jimgrafas, via Twitter

“Wonderful ‪#tedxtauranga event well done ‪@SheldonNesdale !! Looking forward to the next one! “
– Tim Nesdale ‏‪@Nez99, via Twitter

“Thanks to ‪#tedxtauranga. A cool ocean breeze of brain food.”
Trent Yeo ‏‪@wherestrentnow, via Twitter

“Thank you ‪#TEDxTauranga for new ideas and making me question those I had….. I will never think of CAT in the same way again.”
– Louise Miller ‏‪@louise_miller44, via Twitter

“Finishing up at # tedxtauranga so much fun!!”
– Sarah-Hope ‏‪@Hopey11, via Twitter

“TEDx was an amazing heartening positive informative day, a much needed antidote to the Fear based NEWS, which seldom features the people taking us to a positive future. The group of speakers and entertainers we had in Tauranga this weekend form part of that positive growing movement. Thanks for bringing TED to Tauranga and including Local issues too.”
– Kyle Ashley, via Facebook

“A huge thank you to everyone who worked on, and in this event. It was a huge success. Sheldon and team… I laughed. I danced. I learnt. I had fun. I was inspired. I didn’t cry… Until the very end…when you got teary eyed thanking people. I’d like to add to that… And thank your wife for sharing you with all of us. She must be an incredible woman! PUCKER up guys and I look forward to seeing you next year at TEDx Tauranga.”
– Rachelle Sutton, via Facebook

“Thanks for a very enjoyable day, left feeling very inspired can’t wait til next year!”
-‪ Sarah Raman, via Facebook

“Sheldon you should be soooo proud of yourself and the team it took to put it together. Without doubt the best day of the year for me so far. A magic mix of information, inspiration, and an overwhelming feeling of kindred spirits there throughout the day. I spoke to so many people I’d never met before.
The mix of speakers covered all bases and I found that even if I had a preconceived idea about whether this or that person would be interesting to me, they actually were, because of the way they presented it and their obvious passion about their topic.”
– Steph Holloway, via Facebook

“TEDx was an amazing heartening positive informative day, a much needed antidote to the Fear based NEWS, which seldom features the people taking us to a positive future. The group of speakers and entertainers we had in Tauranga this weekend form part of that positive growing movement. Thanks for bringing TED to Tauranga and including Local issues too.”
– Kyle Ashley, via Facebook

“TEDxTauranga – Thank you for a great day of “Info-tainment”! I left feeling inspired and energised, with new ideas and some new friends too. Well done to the team for such a great programme and well executed event. Looking forward to next year already.”
– Pip Loader, via Facebook

“Really enjoyed attending this event yesterday!! All you organisers did such a FANTASTIC job of putting on a very inspiring thought provoking, high-energy event! Looking forward to the next one!!”
– Lorna Kennedy, via Facebook

“Beyond fabulous day, thank you so much. Astounded the way the stories all interconnected on a similar level. Such powerful, thought provoking speakers, original, beautiful music. Loved the ‘shopping on us’ isle, felt like a celeb being able to choose bits and pieces to pop in my bag. Great food, great company, 10/10 to every single person on the team that brought us TEDxTauranga!!! Already looking forward to next year.”
– Su-an McMahon, via Facebook

“TEDx allows people with a passion for bringing about positive change to a planet that has separated itself from the natural world, to share their solutions. Sheldon Nesdale, who I would vote for Mayor in a heartbeat and his team of Ted-X disciples, gave us all in the audience, cool kai for thought. It was served up by beautiful minds and beautiful music and it came gift wrapped in a whole lot of love.”
– Tommy Kapai, Bay Of Plenty Times

“Changing the world involves spreading ideas locally. TEDxTauranga connects you to that change. Bringing inspiring people to a stage and an audience to whom you’ll find an instant connection.”
– Isaac Tanner- Dempsey

“Absolutely LOVED the entire afternoon/evening. The time flew by as we, the audience, were whisked from interesting topic’s to relevant research to new thoughts and ideas. For anyone interested in an injection of inspiration, ‘feel good’ factor, and debate I recommend you participate in next year’s event.”
– Jess Somerville, Community Relations Representative at Trustpower

“TEDx was amazing! Well done, it was a treat for the mind and soul!”
– Tania Gaborit

“TED is one of the few events that features speakers talking about a diverse range of topics. It’s not the theme of the event that attracts people, it’s the philosophy and the common ideals of the participants that make it such an inspiring experience. And you get to meet lots of new people! TEDx Tauranga was no exception, a fantastically well organised event, very polished speakers and some fascinating topics. Well done team!”
– Ben Rickard, via Facebook

“It was a fantastic event. Sheldon was such a warm host, the speakers and singers were inspirational and it made you feel good. Thanks so much to Sheldon and his team of volunteers for giving back in the Bay.”
– Cherie Hawkins, via Facebook

“What a wonderful event!”
– Kathlene Cook, Community Relations Representative at Trustpower

“The TEDx event in Tauranga was a huge hit. A diverse range of local and international speakers shared a variety of topics. There was and even some singing and dancing…Plans are already underway for a bigger and better event next year.”
– TaurangaTech

“I had so much fun, both photographing and listening. Count me in for next year, I’d be honoured to be back!!”
– Little Miss Rose (Official event photographer)

“Awesome, awesome, awesome…Beautifully done. Interesting, with no boring bits. Fabulous mix of speakers and the whole thing just looked polished and professional.”
– Steph Holloway

“Was pretty excited coming up to Taurangas Tedx talks Saturday just passed. Walked away feeling it was one of the most inpiring things I have ever done. Stuck in an arena for 8 hours and lots of breaks with 500 other people being inspired. Wicked!
– Helen Copplestone

“In a nutshell….. I FREAKIN’ LOVED IT!!!!!!!!!!! I had bought a ticket for my 23 year old daughter as a Christmas present last year, and she said it was the best Christmas present she has ever had! The entire time, I didn’t get bored or fidgety once. I felt so great being in a huge room with 500 other people who love to learn, and think, and make a difference. The vibe was just amazing!
The whole day was a feast for my mind, my ears, my taste buds.”
– Genevieve White

“Fab event luved it! We were able to meet the speakers, so they became ‘real’. We were a part of an energy-filled space that seemed to just magnify after every speaker.”
– Angie Davies

“Positive awakening to see so many ‘open minded’ people in one place – they all brought a great vibe to the room. Of course the MC did a sterling job too.”
– Annabel Davies

2013

“Participating in the first TEDx Tauranga was an honour. Being an avid online TED talk watcher, it had never occurred to me that I might have something TED-worthy to talk about. I love learning about new ideas and perspectives and so it was interesting to change my perspective on my own experience. I was definitely inspired and humbled by my fellow speakers and walked away with some serious food for thought. The deconstructed format of the evening fostered interaction between attendees and speakers which made it relaxed and enjoyable and a perfect forum to meet new people.”
– Charlotte Yates

“My partner, Lockie Martin, and I attended the Tedx, last night.  It was great!  Well done on getting some interesting and inspiring speakers!”
– Carolyn Mooney

“Thank you for organising a fantastic event.  I can’t wait for the next talk.”
– Ingrid Booysen

“What a positive experience the first TEDx Tauranga has been. As one of the group that gathered around Sheldon to make the event happen  here I can honestly say that it has been a wonderful  journey. It is also one that I want to continue for as long as I can perform a useful role as part of the fantastic TEDx Tauranga team. If I could find an adjective to describe the experience it would be” invigorating”. I liken it to something I did in April a couple of years ago when I jumped from the back of a yacht into the chilled waters of  Milford Sound – your body is shocked into life , your heart skips a beat and your mind is attuned to the whole experience. Ideas are powerful and story telling is powerful as we learned last night especially from Tommy Kapai. Ideas and storytelling – inspiring us to make ourselves, this community and its people truly “alive” .
– 
Marcus Wilkins 

“It was a great night, good range of people, plenty of energy, positive, great start.”
Greg Sowter

“Congratulations on a very successful event. It was a pleasure to be at Tauranga’s first Tedx”
– Lipika Sen

“Sheldon, you and the team around you are stars. TEDx Tauranga was inspiring, the venue and all of the fiddly eventy bits that often go haywire were perfect and if you don’t end up with at least 1500 people at the next one (and July 2014 is WAY too far off by the way so please find an earlier date) then I will be amazed. Thank you for a wonderful evening.”
Brett Roberts

“What a great evening it was, I am really impressed by all the collaboration and project managing to pull off a fantastic event for Tauranga.  I thoroughly enjoyed the speakers, however, I especially enjoyed the networking and meeting a bunch of really awesome people.”
– Ellyn Brunskill

“I really thought it was well organised, a great success and the branding was spot on! Good line up of talks too! I am super stoked that this event was in TGA. Keep up the good work! – Rogier Simons It was a good night out and an excellent effort first round. Food and refreshments were great – of the quality I’d expect coupled with TED event.”
– Scott Crowley

“If you want to grow free range kids – feed them a daily dose of Ted-utainment”
– Tommy Kapai

I was very lucky to be permitted to watch this round of TEDX, especially when I learn’t that there were 100’s if not 1000’s of disappointed people that missed out. My being there was at the last minute and was due to the kindness of the organisers permitting me to slip in. Nik Gregg my brother was talking on behalf of Sustainability options which we jointly founded about a year earlier.  I had never heard of TEDX until 2 weeks earlier when Nik said it was suggested he audition for.  The experience was amazing, listening to such interesting talks, on a wide variety of subjects, from people that could deliver so well. I think the most important thing was these talk lifted your soul, gave hope, were inspirational. I came back vowing  to listen to more. I search the internet the next morning to see what was available. Wow the positivity that is going on in the world is huge. There is even Ted Talks for kids, I have now introduced a Ted Talk to my kids at least once a week. It shows us that there is never doom, just possibilities. TED Talks is uplifting. Thanks you Sheldon & team for bringing TED to Tauranga and letting me see.
– Phil Gregg