We are super stoked to announce our line-up of speakers for TEDxTauranga 2014! Hooray!


Puawai Cairns1. Puawai Cairns

Talk Title: Forgotten grandfathers: Newly discovered stories from the Maori men of World War I.

Puawai is a Curator at Te Papa Tongarewa. Let her take you on a journey discovering the motivations and emotions of the Maori Contingent at Gallipoli as their stories are told through their families.


Ben Warren2. Ben Warren

Talk Title: Modern lives are longer lives? Why that might NOT be true for you.

Through the story of his own journey to health, former professional golfer, nutritional and health expert Ben will help us discover why, as a society, we aren’t living longer, healthier lives.and what exactly we can do about this.


Ian McLean headshot3. Dr Ian G. McLean

Talk Title: Love your children? Keep their enemies close.

From the wilds of Canada, through warzones in the middle east to small town New Zealand, Biologist Dr. Ian G. McLean explains how our ability to adapt our behaviour to whatever threatens us will allow us to survive in the face of adversity.


Marty Hoffart4. Marty Hoffart

Talk Title: Still a clean, green New Zealand? Three opportunities to rescue our slipping image.

Do you know how many discarded tyres there are in the landscape of NZ? What happens to your old TV when it goes to the dump? Marty is co-founder and trustee of The Environmental Education for Resource Sustainability Trust (EERST), Chair of the Community Recycling Network (CRN) and is the director of a Tauranga based waste minimisation consultancy Waste Watchers Ltd. His ideas on waste minimisation will challenge your perception of how we deal with waste in New Zealand.


Rodney Ford5. Dr. Rodney Ford

Talk Title: Daily bread: Can ANY human body handle gluten?

Gluten – friend or foe? Will Dr. Rodney Ford, MB. BS. MD. FRACP, and a pioneer in the field of paediatric food allergies, convince you that nobody is equipped to digest gluten? Through decades of research, Dr. Ford believes that abundant health can be achieved by anyone who eats the appropriate foods.


Vikki Kelly6. Vikki Kelly

Talk Title: The three second kiss: Why our future depends on it.

Mindfulness is available to us all. We are losing our ability to relate to one another but with a few simple tools we can reverse this process– Let’s PUCKER up with development coach Vikki Kelly to rediscover this lost art and improve our relationships with each other.


James Ross7. James Ross

Talk Title: Learning differently: What if words in every book leaped up and came to life?

How do you go from school drop-out to finding power in seeing words in three dimensions? James Ross is passionate about showing people how dyslexia can be nurtured by teaching 3D learning.


Liza Schneider8. Dr. Liza Schneider

Talk Title: Sustainable healthcare for our pets: Why the answer is not in the bag.

Dr. Liza Schneider is a holistic vet. She works hard to help in the pursuit of happier, healthier lives for our pets. Could we learn from these principles and apply them in our own lives?


Nicole Masters9. Nicole Masters

Talk Title: Down and Dirty: A pile of reasons to fall in love with soil.

Are you a “germaphobe”? Why not let Agroecologist, Nicole Masters, explain how deeply microbes affect everything about us and why taking action to save the health of our soil offers a wide range of benefits not only to the environment but to society as a whole.

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