TEDxTauranga News

1 – The Beginning

Hello, my name is Claire Piper and I’ll be your tour guide for this trip through TEDxTauranga 2017.

This is a long article, so I’m going to sum things up right away by telling you two things:

I’m the sort of person who is way too busy to go to things like this. The sort of person who uses the word busy a lot. I default to wearing cynicism like a protective cloak, and can isolate myself in a place I never really chose as my hometown. I’m one of those people who works hard at self-improvement. I don’t need more new ideas and to meet more people – I spend most of my days trying to deal with the ideas and people I already have and know. I’m a real barrel of fluffy ducks. Let’s hang out some time!

TEDxTauranga 2017 taught me that giants walk among us. A random person walking down Devonport Road can teach me about the sort of strength, compassion, and insight that I could spend my life searching for the world over. My people are right here. My fears and weaknesses are welcome. My busyness, stresses, and eye-rolling are only symptoms of forgetfulness. I forget that I am connected to you, and that there is always a way through. If I don’t practice connecting to this town and its people, I can forget that I am powerful beyond measure to do something right now, with what I already have. I have nothing to prove and nothing to achieve outside of providing a home for your story through my simple presence and receptivity.

Connection must be practiced to stay alive. TEDxTauranga reminded me that I’m at home.

2 – The Live Agenda


Speaker 1 – Mike Seawright

Mike is used to being asked what it’s like to work in a warzone. Through ReliefAid, he and his team face unthinkable risks to channel humanitarian aid to families in the middle of warzones.

He can’t describe what it’s like to know that you provided the warring parties with GPS coordinates of your hospital and feel their shells rain down on you anyway.

He certainly can’t describe what it’s like to dedicate your life to protecting Miriam, an 11 year old resident of Aleppo City in Syria who needed a warm jacket to survive a freezing winter without shelter. To describe what it’s like to get Miriam the jacket, and find her body a year later as the siege of Aleppo descended away.

The only thing Mike can do is ask his people, the people of Tauranga, if they can imagine what they’d do to protect their children if war was raging on the street outside. As he describes the panic of a parent protecting their child during war, a Tauranga newborn stirs in the row behind me.

We know what love for our family is and what we would do to help them if they need us. These people who suffer on the front lines of war, are just like us, and they need us to help them.


Speaker 2 – Claire Baker

There’s something about being in a hall of 800 people all lifting their bits in unison. You know, the bits, those nether regions you instinctively contract as freezing cold water creeps above your knees. You’re doing it right now, I know you are.

These bits are the pelvic floor and Claire told us that 1 in 8 of us have problems with it. It’s common to pee a little bit when you’re playing netball, it’s common to poo a little bit as you race to get from your car to the bathroom at the end of a workday; it’s even common to feel like parts of your uterus might drop out if you squat too quickly. It’s common, and Claire needs us to know it’s not normal.

Dr Arnold Kegal “discovered” how integral pelvic floor muscles were to overall health and wellbeing in the 1940s, and precious little pelvic floor research has reached the mainstream since.

Any body with a body can experience pelvic floor pain and disfunction, and it’s our squeamishness and shame that compels many of us to accept it as our new normal. It’s common, Claire reminds us, not normal, and it’s time to ask for help.


Speaker 3 – Lynn Berresford

Lynn was told early on in life that she was “gifted”. Mensa says that a gifted person has an IQ of more than 130. Those who claim to have an IQ of more than 200 are definitely making things up. There is a spectrum of neurology, and people all along the spectrum have unique attributes to contribute to society.

Gifted people can display heightened levels of creativity and the ability to receive and process multiple complex concepts at a time. And this can be a burden. For the people who Lynn has helped through her psychology practice, this often manifests as perfectionism and an attraction to extremes. People who are gifted can struggle to articulate the agony that their own unmet expectations create.

I can’t have been the only one in the audience suddenly compelled to tell their friends and family that I am a pain in the butt because I am gifted. Lynn was quick to remind us, however, that gifted is not the same as talented. So I’m just a pain the butt.


Speaker 4 – Mayank Thammalla

I’ll tell you something I’m not proud of – my heart sinks when I hear someone say “climate change refugees” and I want to check Twitter instead. This is one of my coping mechanisms for the panic and helplessness I feel when considering the grim consequences of our collective brutal treatment of our planet. Please don’t make me feel worse about it.

Ok, said Mayank. How about I see your panic, and raise you a solution. How about I, Mayank, take my opportunity to study a Masters of Architecture in New Zealand and come up with an idea. An idea that can save the Maldives and its culture from being destroyed by rising sea waters by 2100.

How about those decommissioned oil rigs littering the Indian Ocean be repurposed and adapted to allow the 130,000 strong population of the Maldives’ capital, Male, to recreate their social, religious, and economic life on these floating islands? Could these floating islands allow traditional coconut timber structures be rediscovered, retain the urban design of Male neighbourhoods, and revitalise the Maldivian island-hopping trade routes?

Why the hell not? More unlikely things have happened. There is still time.


Entertainment 1 – Plum Jam

These musicians from the Tauranga Boys High Class of ’16 delivered the smoothest sounds I’ve heard in a while. A four (usually five) piece ensemble, this jazz/funk outfit had drums, bass, bap-bap-booping vocals, and some freakishly skilful keyboard playing.

They’re off to study music, they’re available for hire, and they’re headed for great things.


Speaker 5 – Sarah Thomson

Sarah learned something at law school that took me many years to figure out – we can do the thing that we wish someone else would do.

In 2015, with a team of lawyers and scientists, Sarah, a University of Waikato student, applied for a judicial review of the way in which the New Zealand government set their emission targets in compliance with the Paris Climate Agreement. Just as Mr Fitzgerald held Prime Minister Muldoon to account for his shoddy decision-making as an elected official in the 1980s, Sarah feels the citizens of New Zealand deserve transparency around their acts, or omissions, in contributing to the global fight against climate change.

I’m a constitutional law nerd (like I said, I’m a real hoot) and the tool of judicial review, a way that allows the court to determine whether a government’s decision is lawful and reasonable, really gets me going. By doing what she wished someone else would do, Sarah has reminded the government, and each of us, that no one person or one country is big enough to be in charge of managing climate change. It takes each of us to act, together.


Speaker 6 – Nick Harvey

Nick points out that asking the right question is more important, and more efficient, than trying to get at the right answer. So let him cut to the chase.

There are three questions that are most important to leaders in businesses, families, and communities; what is the most important thing for a leader to do? Why aren’t I reaching my full potential? And how do I inspire at motivate others?

The answers? The most important thing for a leader to do is to be aware of and bring light to the “unspoken” conversations that dominate a team. Leaders won’t reach their full potential if they will not hold a mirror to their own fears and failings, and question them until those fears and failings lose their power. And the most effective way to inspire and motivate others is through centeredness and calmness; people will trust and follow those whose internal waters run deep.

Nick made us draw a bunch of triangles on a bit of paper, twice, and now we know why we need a leadership coach. You had to be there.


Speaker 7 – Aisha Te Kani

I have two problems at this point. One is that my meager writing talents cannot adequately describe what happened in the Trinity Church as Aisha spoke. The other is that by the end of this talk my tears had gathered in a pool under my spacebar key on my laptop and I think I need to get it checked out.

Aisha was born with club feet and her heart outside of her body. Aisha’s medical history is one of extended hospitalisations, torturous treatments, and unwelcome surprises as the biological implications of her miracle heart made themselves known.

The medical challenges resulting from her heart and club feet inflicted far less pain than the way she was treated by her community. The sneering. The prodding. The wild assumptions. The exclusions. When do our failings of human kindness amount to cruelty? How do we allow beautiful quirks of anatomy to turn into a compulsion to deny the humanity of a person? How have my own failures to be kind contributed to the despair felt by people like Aisha?

Aisha has felt the mud of life – the toxic, sticky, black mud– try to keep her stuck. And she has taken that mud and walked forward with it. Galvanized by her faith, the love of her parents and her brother Joshua, she has walked forward.

The roof of the Trinity Church hall lifted a little as she walked off the stage.


Entertainment 2 – Freddy Matariki Carr

Have you ever seen someone combine rhythmic hoop gymnastics with modern dance? Ok but how about with two hoops? Yeah, but with hoops that glow in the dark? Thought so.

Freddy Matariki Carr is a flow artist and dancer that travels the world drawing inspiration from foreign lands and layering them with a uniquely New Zealand performance. Graceful, soothing, and beautiful.


Speaker 8 – Shelly Davies

Shelly, if you’re still reading this, help me.

Help me write like a reader. Help me be more respectful of this TEDxTauranga audience suffering through this recap by removing the waffly words that make my sentences long and refining my over-zealous use of punctuation that obscures my message. I don’t really know how to use semi colons, but use them I will.

Shelly is waging a war against the formal business voice in writing. She told us that there is a voice in our head that, as our fingers touch the key pads, tells us to mimic authors of articles in academic journals. Which is fine, if we have the skill to always write as authors of articles in academic journals. And we don’t, guys, we don’t.

Plain English is no less professional, legally binding, or credible than traditional formal business writing. In fact because it uses fewer words, quickly informs the reader of the message, and provides them comfort that they understand the message, it may be more professional, credible, and legally persuasive than formal business writing.

Help me, Shelly, I still have three speaker recaps to go!


Speaker 9 – Chris Batershill

As I’ve told you, I’m the sort of person who gets jazzed about judicial reviews. Chris Batershill therefore had a steep road ahead of him to encourage me to think about sea sponges in the middle of a Saturday afternoon.

Chris must be a hill sprinter, because let me tell you what I learned about sea sponges. They’re pretty much as the same as they were 800 million years ago. Sponges are a billion dollar industry. They are wickedly efficient water-filtering machines. Cool. So far, so sciencey.

What is very cool, though, is that sea sponges evolved not by growing legs but by cherry-picking the best chemical properties of the bugs and organisms floating around them in the water. This means they are now tiny chemical weapons living in the ocean, using their ridiculously powerful arsenal to sense and neutralise cells that may impede their ability to grow and survive.

What becomes verrrry cool is when you think of people like Chris hanging around Dunedin sewers, harvesting the special sea sponges who love Dunedin (only Dunedin) sewers, and using those natural chemical weapons to sense and neutralise cancer cells in humans.

Fine, I’m into sea sponges now.


Speaker 10 – Mel Lee

Mel, like me, was a baby of the 80s. This means we can track the milestones in our lives so far by what mobile phones we had at each stage. I started with an Alcatel (orange), Mel started with a Nokia (blue), and we were both entirely unable to imagine the sophistication of the iPhone 6 we hold in our hands in 2017.

If the sophistication of computer chips continue to double every eighteen months, can we even fathom our technological lives in twenty or thirty years? Mel says that by 2049, $1000 will buy us a computer that has the intellectual power of all human brains combined. There is no reason to believe this won’t happen.

Indeed, the speed of artificial intelligence development is as exponential as those computer chips. Mel is looking forward to a future in which her fridge pours her wine and she has conversations without moving her mouth. I remain perturbed by the complex ethical issues about to face the human race as machines become smarter than us and believe that those developing these technologies must have reference to the social sciences.

If the machines stick to just pouring wine, though, it’s going to be cool.


Speaker 11 –  Debra Lampshire

Debra is a mental health specialist who helps people who hear voices that others don’t. And that’s all that I’m able to clearly describe to you about her talk.

What’s going to be harder is to describe the bravery and generosity Debra gifted us by sharing her experience of living with voices others can’t hear. As her voice shook and heart broke, Debra stepped us through her relationship with people she can’t see but who impact her every living moment.

These people are obsessed with her. They promise her safety, comfort, and redemption while telling her she’s unattractive, unlovable, and alone. They are her protectors when the stress and pain of life become unbearable, but that protection turns as quickly into isolation from all that is lovely in life.

Debra’s reality isn’t visible to us, so can leave her exposed to being labelled as “crazy”. When will we accept that others have realities that are different to ours? Why are the spaces between our respective realities so quickly filled with fear instead of curiosity?

The final heartbreak was Debra thanking us for listening to her. Debra, thank you.


Entertainment 3 – Toka Tu

Haka fusion combines the immense power of Māori kapahaka with the buoyancy of hip hop. Toka Tu will lead the New Zealand pop culture renaissance if New Zealand pop culture knows what’s good for it.

We need a modern interpretation of a unique Aotearoa music and dance culture, and Toka Tu’s athleticism, story-telling, and wild poi work are the best example I’ve seen. What a joyous note to walk out on.

3 – The Supporting Acts

The TED Talks

Were chosen by Year 13s at Otumoetai College were shown between sessions on the big screen and are well worth a review:

The Food

Indonesian beef curry or rich lentils and pumpkin, the catering team looked like an orchestra playing in perfect unison as they delivered nourishment into our bellies. Brownies, slices, and fresh bananas kept the energy levels high, and the reusable plates thanks to the Plate Exchange made sure those waste bins sat empty.

The People

The TEDxTauranga volunteer team contributed over 6,000 collective hours to putting this community event on. The impact this year’s session had on me reaffirmed my gratitude for the service of these people. What an asset for a town like ours.

Thank you.

– Claire Piper

 

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Just 7 days until TEDxTauranga!

Thank you to all those who have got themselves tickets already, now it’s time for the rest of you to take action and buy your tickets to TEDxTauranga 2017:

  • When?: Saturday 7 October 2017, 10am to 6pm
  • Where?: Holy Trinity Church, 215 Devonport Rd, Tauranga
  • Cost?: $99 per person (discounted student tickets are sold out, there are a few discounted senior tickets left)

We’ve got an action packed line-up of speakers for you (10!), + 3 entertainment acts + glorious food all day + a room packed of people as interesting as you are.

I encourage you to ring/text your friends and get them to join you, but don’t be afraid to come solo too, I guarantee that you’ll make new friends.

Consider getting a “pay it forward” ticket for $198 if you can afford it. That’s 1 ticket for you and 1 ticket for someone chosen by our partner charities: Bellyful, Avalon and Young Innovator Awards.

Got questions? Find the answers on our Frequently Asked Questions page like:

  • What’s the schedule for the day?
  • Food?
  • Coffee?
  • Ticket refunds?
  • Seating?
  • Can I bring my kids?
  • Where shall I park?

Have you seen our 60 second promo video?

See you soon!

– Sheldon

 

 

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Yay! 4 More Speakers Announced For TEDxTauranga 2017!

September 19, 2017

Hooray! 4 more (of our 10) speakers for TEDxTauranga 2017. 4 More Speakers for TEDxTauranga 2017 7. Chris Battershill From below the Antarctic sea ice to sewage outfalls, Chris Battersill deep dives into the biodiversity discussion that is so relevant to our own Bay of Plenty coast line. Chris Battershill became the inaugural Professor and Chair […]

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Heard About Our “Pay-it-Forward” Tickets?

September 12, 2017

Because TEDxTauranga is a premium event our ticket price is out of reach for some people. That sucks because we are all about diversity and we don’t want price to be a barrier to stop people enjoying our event with us. That’s why we are offering “Pay it forward” tickets (an idea we stole from […]

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Yay! 3 More Speakers Announced For TEDxTauranga 2017!

September 8, 2017

Hooray! 3 more (of our 10) speakers for TEDxTauranga 2017. 3 More Speakers for TEDxTauranga 2017 4. Mel Lee In the future, my workout shirt will have a mind of it’s own; I feel sorry for that thing! Mel’s upbeat perspective on the future of artificial intelligence will have you chuckling …and leave you thinking. […]

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The First 3 Speakers For TEDxTauranga 2017 Announced…

August 31, 2017

Tickets for TEDxTauranga 2017 go on sale tomorrow, yay! In the meantime, it’s our pleasure to announce the first three (of our 10) speakers for TEDxTauranga 2017: First 3 Speakers for TEDxTauranga 2017 1. Mike Seawright Crossing no man’s land – Mike Seawright left the corporate world for conflict zones and found humanity at its […]

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TEDxTauranga Tickets On Sale: Fri 1 Sep 2017

August 17, 2017

Just 15 days until tickets go on sale for TEDxTauranga 2017! Quick Facts About TEDxTauranga 2017: When?: Saturday 7 October 2017, 10am to 6pm Where?: Holy Trinity Church, 215 Devonport Rd, Tauranga What?: 10 live speakers on stage + 3 entertainment acts + glorious food all day Cost?: $100 per person (discounts available for students […]

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TEDxTauranga Ticket Update

June 7, 2017

Dear All Welcome to our TEDxTauranga ticket update. Just a reminder, the date of TEDxTauranga has been set to 7th October 2017. This year at a new venue, the Holy Trinity Church, near Tauranga’s central business district. We are sure this venue will provide a prime focus for the event, excellent facilities and a great […]

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Save the date for TEDxTauranga 2017: Saturday 7 October 2017

May 3, 2017

Our team of 24 volunteers are hard at work on TEDxTauranga 2017. We’ve already considered 86 potential potential speakers and we’ll be working hard at selecting our final 10 over the next few months. 3 things I need your help with today: Save the TEDxTauranga date in your calendar: 10am to 7pm Saturday 7 October 2017 Join […]

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A Recount of TEDxTauranga 2016: What fits your future?

November 22, 2016

It started with a shady looking character wondering onto stage… he’s our stand-in MC for the day? He clears the stage for our mihi from Pahu Akuhata, our respected local Kaumatua from Ngati Ranginui and Kapahaka performance from Arataki School. The bright smiling faces and thumping feet build energy in the room and we’re all […]

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What Have We Got Planned for TEDxTauranga 2016?

August 12, 2016

TEDxTauranga 2016 is fast approaching. For those of you who have tickets already we’ll see you next Saturday! For those who haven’t had a chance to get your tickets yet head to Eventfinda where you can buy online, or find out how to buy tickets over the phone or in person. 9:00am Arrive early, grab […]

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Talk Teaser – Michael Hershman

July 26, 2016

Reports of drug cheating splash across our headlines every week. Systemic in Russia, crossing disciplines, its presence is felt throughout sport. Anti-Corruption pioneer Michael Hershman will shine a light into the dark corners of this world wide practice.

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Introducing Joshua Konowe and Armon Tamatea

June 27, 2016

It’s time to announce our next two speakers! One is a highly successful and awarded entrepreneur coming all the way from New York and the second is both a clinical psychologist and a senior lecturer in psychology at the University of Waikato. Get your tickets now for TEDxTauranga 2016 through Eventfinda. Joshua Konowe TEDxTauranga 2016 […]

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Introducing Our Next Two Speakers

June 25, 2016

The TEDxTauranga 2016 volunteer team is proud to announce our next two speakers for this years event on the 20th August. Get your tickets now through Eventfinda. Mike and Sharon Barton TEDxTauranga 2016 Speakers Firstly we have Mike and Sharon who are heavily involved in the science and policy driving protection of Lake Taupo’s water […]

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TEDxTauranga 2016 On Sale Now!

May 10, 2016

  We are very pleased to announce that tickets for TEDxTauranga 2016 are now on sale via the Eventfinda website. You can also purchase tickets by phoning 0800 BUY TIX (289 849) or visiting an Eventfinda ticketing outlet. Head to tedxtauranga.com/news for all the latest details on TEDxTauranga 2016. We look forward to seeing you on the 20th […]

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TICKETS ON SALE TUESDAY!

May 5, 2016

TEDxTauranga 2016: Tickets on sale Tuesday WE KNOW THE DATE WE KNOW TWO OF THE SPEAKERS AND NOW WE KNOW WHEN THE TICKETS ARE ON SALE This Tuesday, at 9am, tickets for TEDxTauranga 2016 officially go on sale. The TEDxTauranga volunteer team is excited to bring you 10 live speakers, 3 TED videos, live entertainment […]

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This Year TEDxTauranga is Bringing the World to You!

April 29, 2016

This Year TEDxTauranga is Bringing the World to You! We at TEDxTauranga are absolutely thrilled to announce Michael Hershman as our second speaker who will be live on stage on the 20th August. Michael Hershman, based in Washington D.C., is an internationally recognised expert on matters relating to transparency, accountability and corruption. Michael has also been recognised […]

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First Speaker Announcement for TEDxTauranga 2016

April 20, 2016

First Speaker Announcement for TEDxTauranga 2016 We are excited to announce the first of our speakers for TEDxTauranga 2016:- Bryan Winters Bryan Winters has survived several Information Technology revolutions in his thirty years in the industry around the world. With experience ranging from the once largest company on the planet to being self employed, he […]

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NEWSFLASH – AUGUST 20th 2016

April 13, 2016

NEWSFLASH – AUGUST 20th 2016 What’s special about August 20th? It’s the new date for TEDxTauranga! The team have been working feverishly to bring you a better than ever TEDxTauranga! What’s up next? April 19th we’ll be announcing the first three of our speakers for 2016. Tickets go on sale 10 May so mark the […]

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TEDxTauranga 2016: Speakers Update

February 24, 2016

TEDxTauranga2016: Speakers Update Nominations for Speakers for TEDxTauranga 2016 have now closed and we are well into meeting and interviewing speakers for the event. The quality of nominations this year has blown us away and it has generated some keen discussions on who should be progressed to the next stage. Our “speakers team” have been […]

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If you were invited on stage for TEDxTauranga 2016, what idea would you share?

December 18, 2015

If you were invited on stage for TEDxTauranga 2016, what idea would you share? If not you, then who do you know that has an idea worth spreading? Nominate a speaker for TEDxTauranga 2015 or, Apply to Speak yourself! Who are we looking for? Someone who can tell us an idea worth spreading Someone who […]

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Stephen Lethbridge + John Boone + Phil & Tilley: Last 3 Videos From TEDxTauranga 2015 Now Online

November 28, 2015

Good news! I just updated our video page with the last 3 videos from TEDxTauranga 2015! Stephen Lethbridge: “How to create a workforce that can answer ungoogleable questions” Watch on our video page Watch straight from YouTube John Boone: “Can 1000 people who just met, make music together?” Watch on our video page Watch straight from […]

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Jason Edgecombe + Michael Quintern: 2 More Videos From TEDxTauranga 2015 Now Online

November 21, 2015

Good news! I just updated our video page with another 2 videos from TEDxTauranga 2015! Jason Edgecombe: “Do you always read the label? When diagnosis can suppress recovery” Watch on our video page Watch straight from YouTube Michael Quintern: “The 600 million year old technology beneath our feet” Watch on our video page Watch straight […]

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Who Would Make A Great Speaker for TEDxTauranga 2016?

November 18, 2015

Nominations/Applications are now open for speakers for TEDxTauranga 2016! We are looking for speakers who are either based in the Bay of Plenty or have close ties to our region. Who should we talk to next? Nominate a speaker for TEDxTauranga 2015 or, Apply to Speak yourself!   Who are we looking for? Someone who […]

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Sir Ray Avery + Catherine Iorns: 2 More Videos From TEDxTauranga 2015 Now Online

November 14, 2015

Good news! I just updated our video page with another 2 videos from TEDxTauranga 2015! Sir Ray Avery: “Disruption, Innovation, Spin-offs. 3 reasons New Zealanders are better at turning dreams into realities” Watch on our video page Watch straight from YouTube Catherine Iorns: “How to use human rights law to protect New Zealand’s natural environment” […]

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Rachel van der Gugten + Marcus Winter: 2 More Videos From TEDxTauranga 2015 Now Online

November 7, 2015

Good news! I just updated our video page with another 2 videos from TEDxTauranga 2015! Rachel van der Gugten: “Fart free for life: Why good digestion is essential” Watch on our video page Watch straight from YouTube Marcus Winter: “The Battle of Gate Pa, told in sand” Watch on our video page Watch straight from […]

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Bronwen Connor + Harold Hillman: Another 2 Videos From TEDxTauranga 2015 Now Online

October 31, 2015

Good news! I just updated our video page with another 2 videos from TEDxTauranga 2015! Bronwen Connor: “How to turn skin cells into brain cells” Watch on our video page Watch straight from YouTube Harold Hillman: “Should you fit in or stand out? Finding your authentic voice” Watch on our video page Watch straight from […]

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First 2 Videos From TEDxTauranga 2015 Now Online: Ellis Bryers + David Pattemore

October 19, 2015

Good news! I just updated our video page with the first 2 videos from TEDxTauranga 2015! Ellis Bryers: “Our cultural identity as New Zealanders. Our Kiwi-Tanga” Watch on our video page Watch straight from YouTube David Pattemore: “The pollination puzzle. Unexpected alternatives to honey bees” Watch on our video page Watch straight from YouTube Also in that […]

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A Recount of TEDxTauranga 2015: Think, Thrive, Transform

July 26, 2015

A sold out crowd. 1010 lanyards collected. 1010 faces turned towards the big screen. We were ready for TEDxTauranga to begin. I found myself sitting next to one of last year’s speaker’s who was able to describe how charged the speakers will be feeling and how many weeks and months of polishing had gone into […]

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A Few Hours Left To Get Your Ticket For TEDxTauranga (10am to 7pm Saturday 25 July 2015)

July 24, 2015

We have about 70 tickets left (out of 1,000) so this is your last chance to get your ticket for TEDxTauranga (if you haven’t already). (If you have your tickets, that’s great, but don’t just sit there, spread the word for us!) Do the people in the collage below from our 2014 event look happy? You […]

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“What Did TEDxTauranga Do For You?” Interview with Heather Vail

July 18, 2015

We are mere days away from TEDxTauranga 2015! Click here to grab a ticket before they disappear. Today we speak to a previous attendee about why you should come! Interview with Heather Vail Q: “Who are you and what keeps you busy?” I’m Heather Vail – an educator, family member, someone who is curious about […]

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If You’re Interested in Big and Important Ideas, You’re Going to Want to See This

July 4, 2015

Today we are 3 weeks away from our community’s opportunity to think, thrive, and transform at TEDxTauranga on 25 July 2015. This event links Tauranga to the global phenomenon of TED where ‘ideas worth spreading’ unite people around in the world through inspiring stories. TEDxTauranga will feature 10 speakers on stage with 3 live entertainment acts. (And we’ve […]

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How would you explain TED, TEDx, TEDxTauranga to someone?

June 26, 2015

Did you know that I struggle explaining TED, TEDx and TEDxTauranga to brand new people? It’s pretty easy when they’ve heard of TED Talks or watched a few talks from TED.com, because I can just say “Well, watching those videos is great, but it’s even better to watch them live, right in front of you […]

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“What Did TEDxTauranga Do For You?” Interview with Jason Whitelaw

June 19, 2015

In the lead up to TEDxTauranga 2015, we talk to some of last year’s attendees to find out why you should come. Get the full run down of the TEDxTauranga 2015 event here. Interview with Jason Whitelaw (Tauranga) Q. Who are you, and what keeps you busy? I’m Jason, my business partner and I run […]

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Speakers Announced for TEDxTauranga 2015 (25 July)

May 25, 2015

Great news! For TEDxTauranga 2015 (25 July) we will have the following 10 speakers live on stage. (Got your tickets yet? Buy Your Tickets For TEDxTauranga Now) In alphabetical order, they are: 1. Sir Ray Avery Sir Ray Avery, a leading New Zealand scientist, innovator and inventor. Avery’s inventions include: Acuset IV Flow Controller: A device […]

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Have you watched the video of reactions to last years TEDxTauranga?

April 25, 2015

Hi, my name is Roberta, and it has been a great privilege working with the team putting together the 2015 event. Volunteers are so amazing and the passion for TEDxTauranga make this one of the most exciting groups I have ever worked with. I’m going to ask you to do one thing today: Just put TEDxTauranga […]

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Second Speaker Announced for TEDxTauranga: Find Out How To Turn Skin Cells into Brain Cells with Professor Bronwen Connor

April 21, 2015

The future of medicine has reached new heights with scientists now able to take mature human skin cells and “reprogram” them back to stem cells to replace tissue lost through disease or injury. Photo Credit: Fiona Goodall, East & Bays Courier This is Associate Professor of Neuroscience at the University of Auckland, Bronwen Connor. Bronwen has […]

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First Speaker Announced For TEDxTauranga: Disruptor, Inventor, Innovator, Sir Ray Avery

April 15, 2015

Photo Credit: Newstalk ZB This is Sir Ray Avery, a leading New Zealand scientist, innovator and inventor. And we are confident that he will challenge you and prompt you to Think, Thrive and Transform when you see him live on stage during TEDxTauranga on 25th July 2015. You might be interested in his TEDxAuckland talk in 2010: […]

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4 TED.com Videos That Amazed Me This Week And Stretched My Mind

February 13, 2015

I’ve watched over 1000 TED.com videos, but I watched 4 in a row this week that amazed me! I could actually feel them reconfiguring my brain 🙂 Here’s a 5 minute video summary of my favourite bits: Want to watch the full videos? Enjoy! Sheldon Nesdale Lead Organiser of TEDxTauranga

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98 Reasons Why The Nominations For Speaking At TEDxTauranga 2015 Have Now Closed

January 30, 2015

Good news, we have closed nominations for speakers for TEDxTauranga 2015! It’s good news because we’ve had 98 nominations to work through this year which is awesome! There are 5 stages in our speaker selection process: Nomination Phone Interview Face-to-Face interview (which we call “Meet & Greet”) Practice Talk (where our semi-finalists present their 15 minute talks to us […]

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Hooray! Another Video From TEDxTauranga 2014: Dr. Rodney Ford

September 26, 2014

I just updated our video page with the 9th (and final) video from TEDxTauranga 2014. Dr. Rodney Ford: Daily Bread: Can ANY human body handle gluten? Watch on our video page Watch straight from YouTube Yay! In other news, I have assembled my team for TEDxTauranga 2015. I have 32 amazing volunteers with me this […]

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2 More Videos From TEDxTauranga 2014: Nicole Masters + James Ross

September 15, 2014

I just updated our video page with another 2 videos from TEDxTauranga 2014. Nicole Masters: Down and Dirty; a pile of reasons to fall in love with soil Watch on our video page Watch straight from YouTube James A. Ross: Learning Differently: What if words in every book leaped up and came to life? Watch […]

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2 More Videos From TEDxTauranga 2014: Vikki Kelly + Dr. Liza Schneider

September 4, 2014

I just updated our video page with another 2 videos from TEDxTauranga 2014. Vikki Kelly: The three second kiss – why our future depends on it Watch on our video page Watch straight from YouTube Dr. Liza Schneider: Sustainable healthcare for our pets- why the answer is not in the bag Watch on our video […]

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Reactions to TEDxTauranga 2014

August 25, 2014

Below is a list of testimonials & reactions that we’ve collected over the last 5 weeks since TEDxTauranga (you can add your own to the comment section at the bottom). 4 things for you to do next: Note the date for TEDxTauranga if you haven’t already: Saturday 25 July 2015 Volunteer to join the 2015 […]

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TEDxAuckland 2014: 18 Hours of Awesomeness

August 18, 2014

TEDxAuckland ran from 10am to 6.00pm on Saturday 16 Aug 2014: 8.0 hours of awesomeness.   But my day started at 6am because I drove up from Tauranga for it, and got back home at midnight. I’m still counting the 5 hours driving because those were awesome too. I was either talking to my car buddies […]

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2 More Videos From TEDxTauranga 2014: Puawai Cairns + Dr. Ian G. McLean

August 18, 2014

I just updated our video page with another 2 videos from TEDxTauranga 2014. Dr. Ian G. McLean: Love your children? Keep their enemies close Watch on our video page Watch straight from YouTube Puawai Cairns: Forgotten grandfathers: Newly discovered stories from the Maori men of World War I Watch on our video page Watch straight […]

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First 2 Videos From TEDxTauranga 2014 Now Online: Ben Warren + Marty Hoffart

August 6, 2014

I just updated our video page with the first 2 videos from TEDxTauranga 2014 (+ the 3 official TED videos we played). Ben Warren: Modern lives are longer lives? Why that might NOT be true for you Watch on our video page Watch straight from YouTube Marty Hoffart: Still a Clean, Green New Zealand? Three […]

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Can you help put together a TEDx event in Hamilton or Rotorua?

July 25, 2014

Hi! During TEDxTauranga on Saturday I talked to several people from Hamilton that were interested in putting a team together to make a TEDx event in Hamilton. I also talked to a few people from Rotorua who wanted a TEDx event for Rotorua. To help get both of these events started, I’ve arranged a meeting in each […]

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TEDxTauranga 2014: How did the 2nd TEDx event in Tauranga go?

July 21, 2014

Well, well, well, what can I say about yesterday’s TEDx Tauranga Event?  Nothing other than AWESOME would be the only answer!! I know that we organisers had one heck of a great time seeing 9 months of work come to fabulous fruition, and it looked to me like the audience had a great time too?  […]

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Our Speakers Announced: 9 Great Reasons To Join Us For TEDxTauranga

July 7, 2014

We are super stoked to announce our line-up of speakers for TEDxTauranga 2014! Hooray!   1. 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 […]

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TED Talk: George Takei: Why I love a country that once betrayed me

July 7, 2014

When he was a child, George Takei and his family were forced into an internment camp for Japanese-Americans, as a “security” measure during World War II. 70 years later, Takei looks back at how the camp shaped his surprising, personal definition of patriotism and democracy. http://www.ted.com/talks/george_takei_why_i_love_a_country_that_once_betrayed_me Recommended for you by Elyse Wyatt

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TED Talk: Bill Gates, Melinda Gates: Why giving away our wealth has been the most satisfying thing we’ve done

June 23, 2014

In 1993, Bill and Melinda Gates took a walk on the beach and made a big decision: to give their Microsoft wealth back to society. In conversation with Chris Anderson, the couple talks about their work at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, as well as their marriage, their children, their failures and the satisfaction […]

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TED Talk: Parul Sehgal: An ode to envy

June 16, 2014

What is jealousy? What drives it, and why do we secretly love it? No study has ever been able to capture its “loneliness, longevity, grim thrill” — that is, says Parul Sehgal, except for fiction. In an eloquent meditation she scours pages from literature to show how jealousy is not so different from a quest […]

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TED Talk: Michel Laberge: How synchronized hammer strikes could generate nuclear fusion

June 9, 2014

Our energy future depends on nuclear fusion, says Michel Laberge. The plasma physicist runs a small company with a big idea for a new type of nuclear reactor that could produce clean, cheap energy. His secret recipe? High speeds, scorching temperatures and crushing pressure. In this hopeful talk, he explains how nuclear fusion might be […]

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TED Talk: Bastian Schaefer: A 3D-printed jumbo jet?

June 2, 2014

Designer Bastian Schaefer shows off a speculative design for the future of jet planes, with a skeleton inspired by strong, flexible, natural forms and by the needs of the world’s, ahem, growing population. Imagine an airplane that’s full of light and space — and built up from generative parts in a 3D printer. http://www.ted.com/talks/bastian_schaefer_a_3d_printed_jumbo_jet Recommended […]

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TED Talk: Mark Ronson: How sampling transformed music

May 26, 2014

Sampling isn’t about “hijacking nostalgia wholesale,” says Mark Ronson. It’s about inserting yourself into the narrative of a song while also pushing that story forward. In this mind-blowingly original talk, watch the DJ scramble 15 TED Talks into an audio-visual omelette, and trace the evolution of “La Di Da Di,” Doug E. Fresh and Slick […]

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Quick Update on the Speakers for TEDxTauranga 2014

May 22, 2014

Oooo I’m so excited! I just had to give you this quick update on our speakers. Firstly, did you know there are 23 in our organising team now? We are all un-paid volunteers and we all have to juggle our day-jobs, family commitments and somehow find the time to work on our list of a thousand […]

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TED Talk: Simon Sinek: How great leaders inspire action

May 19, 2014

Simon Sinek has a simple but powerful model for inspirational leadership all starting with a golden circle and the question “Why?” His examples include Apple, Martin Luther King, and the Wright brothers … (Filmed at TEDxPugetSound.)  http://www.ted.com/talks/simon_sinek_how_great_leaders_inspire_action Recommended for you by Saraniyaa Sukumaar

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TED Talk: Manu Prakash: A 50-cent microscope that folds like origami

May 12, 2014

Perhaps you’ve punched out a paper doll or folded an origami swan? TED Fellow Manu Prakash and his team have created a microscope made of paper that’s just as easy to fold and use. A sparkling demo that shows how this invention could revolutionize healthcare in developing countries … and turn almost anything into a […]

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TED Talk: Michael Norton: How To Buy Happiness

May 5, 2014

At TEDxCambridge, Michael Norton shares fascinating research on how money can, indeed buy happiness — when you don’t spend it on yourself. Listen for surprising data on the many ways pro-social spending can benefit you, your work, and (of course) other people. (Filmed at TEDxCambridge.) http://www.ted.com/talks/michael_norton_how_to_buy_happiness Recommended for you by Ellyn Geismann-Brunskill

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TED Talk: Shawn Achor: The happy secret to better work

April 28, 2014

We believe that we should work to be happy, but could that be backwards? In this fast-moving and entertaining talk, psychologist Shawn Achor argues that actually happiness inspires productivity. (Filmed at TEDxBloomington.) http://www.ted.com/talks/shawn_achor_the_happy_secret_to_better_work Recommended for you by Charlotte Yates

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TED Talk: Amanda Palmer: The art of asking

April 21, 2014

Don’t make people pay for music, says Amanda Palmer: Let them. In a passionate talk that begins in her days as a street performer (drop a dollar in the hat for the Eight-Foot Bride!), she examines the new relationship between artist and fan. https://www.ted.com/talks/amanda_palmer_the_art_of_asking Recommended for you by Ana Lucia Dias Vieira-Gall

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TED Talk: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: The danger of a single story

April 14, 2014

Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice — and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding. https://www.ted.com/talks/chimamanda_adichie_the_danger_of_a_single_story Recommended for you by Ana Lucia Dias Vieira-Gall

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In The News: Looking for inspiring Bay speakers (Bay of Plenty Times)

April 9, 2014

[9 Apr 2014] Bay of Plenty Times: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/bay-of-plenty-times/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503347&objectid=11235243 Preparation for TEDxTauranga on July 19 is well under way, says organiser and marketing coach Sheldon Nesdale. But, despite getting plenty of speaker suggestions from around New Zealand, the organisers are still seeking inspiring speakers who have made Tauranga their home. “We want to hear those untold […]

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TED Talk: Lisa Kristine: Photos that bear witness to modern slavery

April 7, 2014

For the past two years, photographer Lisa Kristine has traveled the world, documenting the unbearably harsh realities of modern-day slavery. She shares hauntingly beautiful images — miners in the Congo, brick layers in Nepal — illuminating the plight of the 27 million souls enslaved worldwide. (Filmed at TEDxMaui) https://www.ted.com/talks/lisa_kristine_glimpses_of_modern_day_slavery Recommended for you by Sachiko Kodaira […]

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Tickets Will Go On Sale 12noon Monday 12 May 2014

April 2, 2014

Sales of “early-bird” tickets finished today. You will not be able to purchase tickets until 12noon Monday 12 May 2014. If you’re receiving this message via email, stay subscribed and I’ll email you when tickets go live. Until then, you can help in 2 ways: 1. Spread The Word: Who else can you introduce to […]

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TED Talk: Edward Snowden: Here’s how we take back the Internet

March 31, 2014

Appearing by telepresence robot, Edward Snowden speaks at TED2014 about surveillance and Internet freedom. The right to data privacy, he suggests, is not a partisan issue, but requires a fundamental rethink of the role of the internet in our lives — and the laws that protect it. “Your rights matter,” he says, “because you never […]

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TED Talk: Amy Cuddy: Your body language shapes who you are

March 24, 2014

Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows how “power posing” — standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident — can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain, and might even have an impact on our […]

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TED Talk: Yann Dall’Aglio: Love — you’re doing it wrong

March 17, 2014

In this delightful talk, philosopher Yann Dall’Aglio explores the universal search for tenderness and connection in a world that’s ever more focused on the individual. As it turns out, it’s easier than you think. A wise and witty reflection on the state of love in the modern age. (Filmed at TEDxParis.) http://www.ted.com/talks/yann_dall_aglio_love_you_re_doing_it_wrong Recommended for you […]

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TED Talk: Aparna Rao: Art that craves your attention

March 3, 2014

In this charming talk, artist Aparna Rao shows us her latest work: cool, cartoony sculptures (with neat robotic tricks underneath them) that play with your perception — and crave your attention. Take a few minutes to simply be delighted. http://www.ted.com/talks/aparna_rao_art_that_craves_your_attention Recommended for you by Sheldon  Nesdale

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TED Talk: McKenna Pope: Want to be an activist? Start with your toys

February 24, 2014

McKenna Pope’s younger brother loved to cook, but he worried about using an Easy-Bake Oven — because it was a toy for girls. So at age 13, Pope started an online petition for the American toy company Hasbro to change the pink-and-purple color scheme on the classic toy and incorporate boys into its TV marketing. […]

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TED Talk: Anant Agarwal: Why massive open online courses (still) matter

February 17, 2014

2013 was a year of hype for MOOCs (massive open online courses). Great big numbers and great big hopes were followed by some disappointing first results. But the head of edX, Anant Agarwal, makes the case that MOOCs still matter — as a way to share high-level learning widely and supplement (but perhaps not replace) […]

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Who Should Speak At TEDxTauranga This Year?

February 5, 2014

You’ve watched a few TED videos now so you know what it takes, right? Who do you know that we should get up on stage for this years TEDxTauranga? They might live in Tauranga, or elsewhere in New Zealand, or even overseas. The first step is for my team to meet with them in person […]

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TED Talk: Steve Jurvetson: Model rocketry

November 11, 2013

I just came across this old (Mar 2007) TED talk by the “scary-smart” Steve Jurvetson. It’s amazing how much wow-factor he got across in just 3 minutes: Watch the video on TED.com

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Good News: Just got our official TEDxTauranga 2014 licence from TED.com! Yay!

October 23, 2013
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Audience Member Reactions to TEDxTauranga 2013

August 9, 2013

Here’s a collection of feedback about TEDxTauranga which was held on Tuesday 30 July 2013 (if you’ve got something to add, do so in the comments section below): “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 […]

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All 6 Videos from TEDxTauranga 2013

August 9, 2013

Did you miss out on TEDxTauranga, 30 July 2013? Did you attend, but want to relive the evening? Then I have great news for you because here are the videos of each of the 6 speakers on the night: (See this playlist on YouTube) Speaker #1: Dean Parchomchuk & Charlotte Yates: “Tokelau, Bringing Solar Power […]

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TEDxTauranga 2013: How last night went

July 31, 2013

Just a quick note to let you know how it went last night. I was the emcee for the event and I started the night with 5 promises (and at the end of the night I checked with the audience if I had kept them): You will hear new ideas [achieved!] You will meet new […]

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Speakers Announced For TEDxTauranga 2013

July 23, 2013

For TEDxTauranga, 30 July 2013 we will have 4 live speakers and 2 pre-recorded TED talks. 1. Dean Parchomchuk & Charlotte Yates You’ll hear their amazing story of how they changed the lives of the people on a small tropical island of Tokelau by replacing their crippling dependency on diesel generated electricity with solar power. 2. Peter […]

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TEDxTauranga, 30 July 2013 is SOLD OUT!

July 21, 2013

That’s right, tickets to TEDxTauranga 30 July 2013 have SOLD OUT! Did you get a ticket? If so, my team and I look forward to meeting you in 9 days time! Did you miss out on a ticket? I’m so sorry! You can follow our Twitter for live reports during the event 6pm – 9.30pm Tue 30 […]

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Progress Update: Wed 16 July 2013

July 16, 2013

Just 2 weeks until TEDxTauranga! It’s going to be awesome! Good news, we’ve made room in our schedule for a 4th live speaker! So the evening will be made up of 4 live speakers + 2 pre-recorded talks plus 3 sessions for mixing and mingling with other Tedsters like you that love hearing ideas worth […]

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Weekly TED Talk: Ron Finley: A guerilla gardener in South Central LA

July 8, 2013

Suggested by Kimberley Cleland

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Progress Update: Wed 3 July 2013

July 3, 2013

Less than 4 weeks until TEDxTauranga and we are so pumped and excited! Just last night, half of the TEDxTauranga organising team met with half of our potential speakers. It was fantastic hearing their amazing stories face-to-face. We’d love you to hear them all but we have the difficult task of choosing just 3 speakers […]

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Weekly TED Talk: Dr. Pawan Agrawal – Mumbai Dabbawalas

July 1, 2013

Suggested by Paramjeet Kaur Mundae

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Progress Update: Mon 24 June 2013

June 24, 2013

Wow, things are going to move quickly now! Licence?: Yes! We have our official TEDx licence. Date?: Yes! We have the date: Tuesday 30 July 2013, 7pm – 9.30pm (drinks and nibbles from 6pm). Team?: Yes! We have the team: 14 of us meeting every Tuesday morning Speakers?: We have a list of 40 potential […]

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Weekly TED Talk: Dan Pink: The puzzle of motivation

June 17, 2013

Suggested by Tina Jennen

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