Disruption, Innovation, Spin-offs. 3 ways NZ'ers make dreams real

Sir Ray Avery, a leading New Zealand scientist, innovator and inventor.

Avery’s inventions include:
Acuset IV Flow Controller: A device that facilitates the safe administration of potent IV drugs

Lifepod infant incubator: A high-tech low-cost incubator that uses patentable technology to reduce the mortality rates associated with upper respiratory tract infections of premature babies

Proteinforte: An amino acid based functional food used for the treatment and prevention of protein-energy malnutrition


Our cultural identity as New Zealanders. Our Kiwi-Tanga

He toa taku tini taku toa
Ehara te toa taki tahi
Mine is not the strength of one but the strength of many

Ellis Bryers is the director of Mihi Engagement. A business that designs and delivers training in Maori cultural awareness.

Ellis’s vision is of a nation where Maori cultural practices are understood and utilised daily by both Maori and non-Maori in a way that unifies our nation and builds our cultural identity as New Zealanders.



How to turn skin cells into brain cells 

Associate Professor Bronwen Connor is head of the Neural Reprogramming and Repair Lab at the University of Auckland.

Her research is in the identification and development of new treatment strategies to prevent or repair brain cell loss in neurological diseases or following brain injury, with particular focus on the potential use of stem cell therapy and gene delivery techniques.

Recently, Bronwen’s research has focused on developing a technology known as direct cell reprogramming.
This allows her to generate brain stem cells directly from human skin, providing a unique ability to obtain human brain cells from patients with neurological disease for both research and clinical application.



Do you always read the label? When diagnosis can suppress recovery

An aspiring entrepreneur with a unique perspective, and a touching story.

Jason will share with you the cost he paid to be “normal” and the tool which helped him begin his path to self acceptance.

The true greatness of a story’s hero is not the goals they achieve but the struggles they overcome.



Should you fit in or stand out? Finding your authentic voice 

Harold Hillman is a leadership coach, radio commentator, author and managing director of Sigmoid Curve Consulting Group, based in Auckland.

Raised and educated in the U.S. and a New Zealand citizen since 2008, Hillman coaches business leaders and executive teams to be more purposeful about leadership.

A clinical psychologist in his early career, Hillman developed a passion for leadership development while teaching at the United States Air Force Academy.

He authored The Impostor Syndrome, which was Whitcoulls’ business book of the year in 2013.Hillman’s second book, Fitting In, Standing Out, will be published by Penguin Random House in August.



Using human rights law to protect New Zealand’s natural environment

Catherine Iorns is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Law at Victoria University of Wellington, where she researches, writes and teaches on environmental law, human rights, and statutory interpretation
Ms Iorns is also a national board member of Amnesty International Aotearoa New Zealand, of 350 Aotearoa, and of Environment and Conservation Organisations of New Zealand.

She is a member of the ILA Committee on the Implementation of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, a member of the IUCN Commission on Environmental Law, and she holds an LLM from Yale University.



How to create a workforce that can answer ungoogleable questions

Stephen Lethbridge is Principal of Taupaki School in the north west of Auckland. He is all about learning and growing leaders of the future.

He is currently thinking about robotics, arduino, design thinking, maker spaces in school, BYOD, and e-learning where the e stands for effective.Stephen has presented at workshops and keynotes across New Zealand and Australia and has just been invited to attend Tim O’Reilly’s FOO camp in the United States.

He is a connected and future focused education leader who is all about fostering curiosity and creativity in our children.



The pollination puzzle. Unexpected alternatives to honey bees

After an initial career in conservation, David headed to Princeton University on a Fulbright Award in 2005 to begin his PhD. It was during his doctorate that he got hooked on pollination, with a focus on native New Zealand plants.

As a scientist with Plant & Food Research he now studies the pollination of economically important crops, bringing an ecologist’s perspective to production systems.

He leads a government and industry funded programme to develop alternative pollination systems and spends considerable time pondering the complexities of avocado pollination and dreaming up new ways to house bumblebees.


The 600 million year old technology beneath our feet

Michael received his Diploma in Agricultural Engineering (Dipl. Ing agr) in 1993 from Georg August University, Göttingen, Germany, and his Doctorate in Agriculture in 1997 from University of Kassel, Kassel, Germany.

He was working as assistant professor in the field of land utilisation of organic waste-to-land, on organic (and conventional) managed farms until 2006.

Michael was a senior scientist at SCION, Rotorua, New Zealand and the Technical Manager of the New Zealand Land Treatment Collective until 2009. He developed industrial vermicomposting technologies for primary industries and municipal organic wastes in New Zealand. In 2015 the 4 vermicomposting operations diverted 150,000 tonnes of organic wastes from landfills.

Michael is responsible for research and developing of future technologies for utilisation of organic wastes.



Fart free: Why good digestion is essential

Rachael has a diploma in Nutritional Medicine from the University of West London.

Through discovering nutritional interventions, she overcame health issues and infertility to have 4 amazing children.

Rachael has a passion for empowering people to understand what is going on in their bodies and loves piecing together the many parts of the puzzle in a memorable and easy to understand way.
She believes digestion is the key to optimal health and being fart free for life!



The Battle of Gate Pa Told With Sand

Marcus Winter has been likened to a sorcerer conjuring mystical apparitions out of thin air. His work is extraordinary. It blurs the lines between conventional painting, street art and theatrical performance.

He creates live artworks by placing sand on a lightbox, and manipulates sand to create images that morph into amazing stories.

His work is visually mesmerising, creatively fresh and evokes emotion.



Leaving New Zealand in 1996 to go on his big OE, John returned to New Zealand with an exciting idea – to set up an interactive percussion business for the corporate events industry. In 2003 Rhythm Interactive was born, and it has grown to become one of the most innovative, interactive, and entertaining team building shows for the conference and events market in New Zealand.

Since then, John has travelled throughout Australasia and Asia performing for thousands of people of all ages. In 2009, the show won the category of Best Nationwide Corporate Entertainment at the Corporate Events Guide People’s Choice Awards.



Phil and Tilley started writing music together in the autumn of 2012 surrounded by the New Forest, an ancient woodland situated on the southern coast of England, an inspiration for these lifelong friends.

Phil and Tilley play a blend of alternative acoustic/folk music, with influences from artists such as Xavier Rudd, Ben Harper and John Martyn. They incorporate their own ideas, using a slide guitar, the more traditional acoustic guitar and an unusual, fold-up-for-travel, upright bass, to create a sound that is uniquely their own.



Lipika and Prabhjyot are contemporary international artists and conceptualists, whose landmark steel and acrylic kinetic sculpture, the 6 meter tall “The Firkee Wala – In My Heart Of Eternal Childhood” can be seen spinning and twirling with the winds at the Puke Ariki Museum sea-front, New Plymouth.

Creating multi-dimensional works that include sculpture, acrylic on canvas, digital drawings, words, sound, music and film, they have also won several awards for their virals/ animation films. Their works have been showcased amongst the country’s best at national art shows, including the NZ Sculpture on Shore 10th Biennale, Auckland 2014, the National Fieldays No. 8 Wire Art Awards 2014, Waikato Museum and the “Making Sense” exhibition 2015, Whakatane Museum.

At TEDxTauranga, the artists intrigue us with a peep into their immensely popular signature series of curious multi-media, experiential works – “The Tricky Box”.


Emcee and licence holder for TEDxTauranga.

Over 1 million views on a TEDxTauranga Talk

In 2021 Angela Loucks Alexander spoke on Escaping the Hidden Prison of Auditory Processing Disorder. If your auditory system works like a computer, your ears are the hardware and your brain is theRead more

Latest News Jan 2023

Date – Saturday 16th September 2023 Venue – Bay Arena, Mount Maunganui We’re taking speaker applications and nominations now. We're looking for ideas worth spreading -  New twists on old /Read more

Latest News Dec 2022

After our small 2021 event which provided a unique opportunity to be in the intimate, stunning surroundings of the UoW,  the team has decided to go BIG in 2023.  The venue is secured and we’reRead more

Our final talk is here!

Kia ora koutou! Dr Sandra Clair’s talk is here for your viewing (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JMuVP6EDdDw). Her game-changing perspective on how Aotearoa could provide an integrated healthcareRead more

We’ve got more talks!

Kia ora koutou! Another week – more recordings! How sweet! We are excited to share Meng Foon’s talk with you (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FMVcHOJ0sik) and Angela Loucks Alexander’s talkRead more

TEDxTauranga 2021 speaker videos

We know it’s been a minute since we posted an update. We have some exciting news – some of the recordings are up on YouTube. Check them out and be sure to share it around: Vitale LafaeleRead more

A recount of TEDxTauranga 2021 – RE:Imagine

by Carly Shorter After a long wait, the big day finally arrived. TEDxTauranga has transformed the auditorium of the University of Waikato’s Tauranga campus. With the bright red X standing tall asRead more

Matt Watkins – TEDxTauranga 2021 Speaker

Let’s welcome Matt – another innovative speaker joining our distinguished group! Matt Watkins is the founder of One Earth Technologies, a nascent startup combining 3D printing and recycled materiRead more

Akash Dutta – TEDxTauranga 2021 Entertainer

Aside from all the speakers, we are as excited for the entertainment for our evening – Akash Dutta! Akash is a jazz pianist/composer based in Wellington. He is currently in his first year ofRead more

Meng Foon – TEDxTauranga 2021 Speaker

Made in Hong Kong – born in Gisborne – working for Aotearoa Meng Foon was born in Tairāwhiti to working class migrant parents but soon immersed himself in a community that didn’t look or soundRead more

Dr. Angela Loucks Alexander – TEDxTauranga 2021 Speaker

Our next speaker is as excited as we are for her to be speaking at TEDxTauranga 2021! Dr. Angela Loucks Alexander, Audiologist, has spent 15 years specializing in diagnosing and treating AuditoryRead more

Vitale Lafaele – TEDxTauranga 2021 Speaker

We are thrilled to announce Vitale Lafaele as another speaker at TEDxTauranga 2021! Vitale served in the NZ Army for seven years and the Tamaki Makaurau Police for 30. He rose through the ranks toRead more

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