Attendees who register early for TEDxChristchurch 2019 could win a luxury night at Eco Villa!

We’re encouraging all ticket holders to register early on Saturday, 24 August, from 2–5pm at the Christchurch Town Hall.

Just head through the main doors and upstairs to the early registration desk in the Limes Room, where you can also pick up your TEDxChristchurch goodies—including any shiny merch you ordered—and then head back downstairs to get a sneak peek at all the awesome activations ahead of the crowd!

And the best part: you’ll go in the draw to win a luxurious night at Eco Villa, a sustainable, boutique oasis in the heart of Christchurch, and one of our awesome TEDxChristchurch 2019 partners!

The Eco Villa luxury night is valued up to $520 and includes:

  • a room of your choice, for two adults or up to a family of four

  • a delicious, organic plant-based breakfast

  • a romantic, herbal bath package in their private, outdoor baths

About Eco Villa:
Rated one of the best places to stay in New Zealand by the Lonely Planet, the Eco Villa is a new boutique accommodation offering individually crafted rooms, a delicious sustainable breakfast, fully-equipped guest kitchen, an edible garden and private outdoor baths; all right in the heart of Christchurch. Eco Villa is locally owned and operated by hosts who are passionate about Christchurch and the rebuild; they they aim to create a social environment where you can chat to guests in our inviting shared spaces or relax in the peace and comfort of your room. It’s the perfect place to meet like-minded travellers and get your sustainable imagination brewing!

The winner will be announced live on stage—make sure you're registered early on Saturday and ready to go for TEDxChristchurch 2019: Tūrangawaewae—A Place of Belonging on Sunday!

Terms & conditions:

The Eco Villa luxury night package is for 12 months, excluding dates between 30 November 2019 to 30 March 2020. Winner must be at least 18 years old and have a valid ID and credit card, which will be held on file for security. This prize is not redeemable for cash. Once booked, the night is non-refundable and no date changes are allowed.

Gwen Hooper
Geospatial pioneer Orbica supports TEDxChristchurch 2019: Tūrangawaewae

Tūrangawaewae—A Place of Belonging is the theme for the tenth anniversary of TEDxChristchurch, and we couldn’t think of a company doing more to help people learn about the geographical nature of Ōtautahi, Christchurch, than our newest Silver Partner, Orbica.

Orbica was founded in 2017, when founder and CEO Kurt Janssen was convinced there were better ways to do things in the geospatial industry, exciting technology frontiers to be explored and a myriad of location data-inspired solutions just waiting to be discovered.

Since then, the company has grown quickly off of a stellar reputation for delivering innovative and value-driven solutions, with projects that pioneer geospatial artificial intelligence (GeoAI), develop unique data visualisation solutions and enable organisations to gain near real-time visibility of their data—all through geography and the power of location data.

This year, they’ve developed a special walking tour of significant local sites, with support from TEDxChristchurch’s Cultural Partner, Matapopore, Gold Partner Christchurch City Council, as well as event partners SCAPE Public Art.

We are so excited to collaborate with them and look forward to building upon this relationship in the years to come.

Gwen Hooper
The George and Hotel Montreal join TEDxChristchurch as Silver Partner

Over the past ten years, TEDxChristchurch has built a reputation for designing our events around our attendee experience. Like TEDxChristchurch, our newest Silver Partners The George and Hotel Montreal strive to provide the absolute best experience for their guests.

The George is a luxury boutique hotel in the heart of Christchurch, and the essence of supreme comfort which is renowned for offering a personalised stay and attentive staff. Its rooms overlook picturesque Hagley Park and Avon River, just steps from the cultural precinct and key attractions and their staff ensure impeccable service in an intimate ambience.

Hotel Montreal offers equal parts sophistication and relaxation. Unique in design and beautifully finished, it offers luxury accommodation that is the perfect mix of refined elegance and modern sophistication. Contemporary art, delicious food and wine, all carefully orchestrated to provide a remarkable setting

We couldn’t be more delighted to welcome them as Silver Partners for our special milestone event, TEDxChristchurch 2019: Tūrangawaewae—A Place of Belonging and look forward to offering this year’s out-of-town attendees an exclusive offer for their accommodation needs.

Hotel Montreal offers equal parts sophistication and relaxation. Unique in design and beautifully finished, it offers luxury accommodation that is the perfect mix of refined elegance and modern sophistication. Contemporary art, delicious food and wine, all carefully orchestrated to provide a remarkable setting

We couldn’t be more delighted to welcome them as Silver Partners for our special milestone event, TEDxChristchurch 2019: Tūrangawaewae—A Place of Belonging and look forward to offering this year’s out-of-town attendees an exclusive offer for their accommodation needs.

Gwen Hooper
Christchurch City Council returns as Gold Parter for TEDxChristchurch 2019 and TEDxYouth@Christchurch
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TEDxChristchurch is honoured to welcome Christchurch City Council back as a returning Gold Partner for both our tenth anniversary milestone event, TEDxChristchurch 2019: Tūrangawaewae—A Place of Belonging and the largest ever New Zealand TEDxYouth event to date, TEDxYouth@Christchurch 2019.

 Since the first post-quake TEDxChristchurch in 2011, we’ve been grateful to receive support and encouragement from Council. Our partnership with Christchurch City Council is a significant factor in allowing us to deliver the calibre of event our attendees have come to expect.

 While we’re an apolitical organisation, we are always open to conversations, connections, and relationships that help our political leaders embrace ideas worth spreading and greatly appreciate the support from Christchurch City Council in supporting our teams to create events that allow space for important and often difficult conversations to be had.  These conversations help shape our very lives and those of the next generations who will call Ōtautahi their tūrangawaewae—their place of belonging.

We look forward to continuing this relationship into the future and supporting the Christchurch City Council in making Christchurch the vibrant city we know it to be.

Gwen Hooper
Australian Blogger Constance Hall, My Fathers Barbers' Matt Brown kick off TEDxChristchurch’s stellar 2019 lineup

Key Points

  • TEDxChristchurch and TEDxYouth@Christchurch 2019: Tūrangawaewae to be held Saturday 24 August and Sunday 25 August at the Christchurch Town Hall

  • First wave of speakers announced

  • Early bird tickets for both events expire Friday, 12 July


9 July, 2019, Christchurch, New ZealandConstance Hall: You’ll know her as the Australian blogger and Dancing With The Stars finalist whose often-viral Facebook posts are read by 1.5 million of her “Queens” around the world. 

Her books— Like a Queen and Still a Queen—give frank and soul-baring glimpses into the trials and tribulations she’s experienced as a mother of seven, wife, and social media sensation in a world that often labels women as used goods and failures. 

Matt Brown: You’ll recognise him as the Christchurch-based, internationally acclaimed barber and hair artist, author, and father of three who founded the hugely-successful My Fathers Barbers as a safe space for men to speak openly and without judgement.

Both of them have built incredible engagement within communities of their own gender in the hopes of promoting the same values for all genders: compassion, acceptance, vulnerability and healing. 

Both of them want to end to toxic masculinity, domestic violence, and sexual abuse.

And both of them are confirmed to take the stage at the much-anticipated TEDxChristchurch 2019: Tūrangawaewae event this August.

This year, the event’s organising team has joined forces with TEDxYouth@Christchurch to take over the Christchurch Town Hall for two events on 24-25 August. Over 40 speakers and performers will deliver powerful, uplifting, and emotional talks to 2,400 people across both events.

“If there was ever a year to travel to Ōtautahi for TEDxChristchurch, this is it,” says event curator and licensee Kaila Colbin. “Tūrangawaewae has been two years in the making. We’ve gone all in to make this year our most high-calibre and captivating experience ever.”

Included in the first batch of speaker announcements are two from overseas: David Clifford, a California-based educator who specialises in designing accessible, equitable learning environments at Stanford’s d.school, and Joshua Chu-Tan, a postdoctoral fellow and lecturer with a focus on age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the leading cause of blindness in the developed world.

From closer to home, the speaker lineup includes Aucklander and award-winning performance poet Carrie Rudzinski; New Zealand scientist and biochemist Dr Susan Kessans, who is working on what we’ll eventually eat on Mars; and the Southern Cross Irish Dancers.

Christchurch’s own born-and-raised radio and television journalist Jack Tame is the event’s master of ceremonies.

At the TEDxYouth@Christchurch event on Saturday, 24 August, attendees 25 and under will hear from the talented comedian, poet and 2019 Billy T Award nominee Ray Shipley; the young entrepreneur and Crimson Education co-founder Jamie Beaton; and Kirstie Amadio, the founder and CEO of Recovered Living, an online provider of treatment and support for eating disorders.

More speaker announcements for both events are still to come over the next month.

The events’ Tūrangawaewae theme has been woven into everything from the content of the talks to the catering to the visual identity, which has resulted in a beautiful tukutuku panel borne from the collaboration between Creative Partner Strategy Design and Cultural Partner Matapopore.

Early bird tickets are selling fast—$37.50 for the youth event on Saturday and $169 for TEDxChristchurch event on Sunday—and prices increase on Friday 12 July, when general admission tickets are released. Tickets are available at www.tedxchristchurch.com, www.tedxyouthchristchurch.com and through Eventbrite.com

Thanks to partners like Computer Concepts Limited, Davis Ogilvie, Hamilton Jet, Orbica, Environment Canterbury and Go Media, both events are set to be spectacular; tickets include all catering for the events, including a steady flow of barista coffee from Hummingbird throughout the day. Also included in tickets to Sunday’s event is the afterparty and the world-famous-in-Christchurch goody bag.

Gwen Hooper