TEDxChristchurch and TEDxYouth@Christchurch, together for the first time

Almost 2,500 attendees will celebrate a special tenth edition of TEDxChristchurch this August, over two events at the Christchurch Town Hall.

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Key Points

·         TEDxChristchurch and TEDxYouth@Christchurch have partnered to host two events across 24-25 August at Christchurch Town Hall.

·         Milestone event to showcase 20 speakers and performers, as well as previous TEDxChristchurch speaker alumni.

·         Youth event will feature half day event with 12 speakers and performers.

·         Organisers are working with Cultural Partner Matapopore on the special theme for this milestone event: Tūrangawaewae. “Tūrangawaewae” means “standing place” or “place of belonging.”

Christchurch, New Zealand—After two years of smaller, more intimate events, the TEDxChristchurch and TEDxYouth@Christchurch teams are gearing up to bring not just one, but two days of ideas worth spreading to the Christchurch Town Hall.

On Saturday, 24 August, a special half-day youth event—curated and produced by youth, specifically for youth—will feature 12 speakers and performers at the James Hay Theatre. The organising team, spearheaded by TEDxYouth@Christchurch licensee and curator Hannah Hudson, also hosted the successful TEDxYouth@AvonRiver event in 2018.

On Sunday, 25 August, the tenth edition of TEDxChristchurch will be a full-day event in the Douglas Lilburn Auditorium, showcasing a lineup of 20 carefully curated speakers and performers to an audience of 1700.

Together with the wisdom of local mana whenua, the TEDxChristchurch and TEDxYouth@Christchurch organising teams are exploring the events’ most inclusive theme ever, Tūrangawaewae: A place to stand.

“For nine years, we have opened every TEDxChristchurch with a mihi, delivered by mana whenua, to acknowledge and show our respect to the traditional people of this land,” says TEDxChristchurch licensee and curator Kaila Colbin.

“Now, for our tenth edition of TEDxChristchurch, we are honoured to progress our journey towards bicultural practice, by partnering with Matapopore to integrate tikanga Māori into the heart of our event.”

The word “tūrangawaewae” literally means standing place (tūranga), feet (waewae), and in the Māori worldview, is a powerful concept relating to the sense of identity we gain from having a place we call home. For Ngāi Tūāhuriri, tūrangawaewae is about whakapapa (kinship) and the importance of being able to connect to one’s ancestral land and sites of cultural significance.

“Matapopore has broken new ground as a first for indigenous cultures, to significantly transform the way Ōtautahi Christchurch has been rebuilt physically and ensure traditional values are woven into its urban environment,” says Matapopore Trustee says Matapopore Trustee Lynne Harata-Te Aika. “Our partnership with TEDxChristchurch is a further step to invite the community to experience the significance of these values and aspirations.”

“The TEDxChristchurch team puts a huge significance on the importance of storytelling and curating great content, similar to our historical tradition of passing on knowledge orally, from expert to learner, from adult to child. We appreciate the work they are doing to help the greater community understand the importance of Tūrangawaewae and have enjoyed working with them to develop the theme and design of their tenth event.”

Matapopore’s cultural advisers were engaged for the theme design of the event, with a customised tukutuku panel designed by Kaitiaki Studios artist Morgan Mathews-Hale and approved by Matapopore included in the final theme branding.

“Tūrangawaewae is represented here as a contemporary version of a tukutuku panel, including the acknowledgement of Ngāi Tūāhuriri as tangata whenua,” says Mathews-Hale.

“The design’s contemporary koru forms represent Ngā Tangata (our people) and the aramoana (waves) representing the various bodies of water that sustain our takiwā (region). There is a specific importance of wai (water) to Tūrangawaewae in the sustainability of our outer world, our environment, and our inner world, wai and its mauri (life force),” she explains.

“The purapura whetū (stars) above are a representation of that ‘inner’ sense of Tūrangawaewae and our individual direction and aspirations. This particular whetū depicts Matariki, our winter star, and is a direct reference to Ngāi Tūāhuriri, alongside Maukatere (Mount Grey).”

Thanks to partners like Matapopore Charitable Trust, Strategy Creative, Computer Concepts Limited, Davis Ogilvie, Hamilton Jet, Go Media, the tenth edition of TEDxChristchurch 2019 will be a spectacular example of what makes Ōtautahi Christchurch so unique, featuring special audience activations, interactive art installations, a pop-up bookstore from Scorpio Books, and more. The TEDxChristchurch commitment to locally sourced, sustainable, delicious food is also as strong as ever, with refreshments for both events encompassing offerings from renowned local chefs Richard Till, Dan Shanks, and the Vbase team, and Sunday’s event lunch features a special hāngi from local hāngi master Grenville Pitama. The catering, as well as free barista coffee from Hummingbird coffee, is included in every ticket sale. 

Tickets are available from www.tedxchristchurch.com, www.tedxyouthchristchurch.com, and Eventbrite.

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/TEDxChCh

Instagram: www.instagram.com/TEDxChristchurch

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/TEDxChCh

 

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Background:

About TEDx, x = independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, often in the form of short talks delivered by leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED conferences, including our annual gathering in Vancouver, as well as TEDWomen, intimate TED Salons and thousands of independently organized TEDx events around the world. Videos of these talks are made available, free, on TED.com and  other platforms. Audio versions of the talks from TED2019 will also be published to TED's podcast TED Talks Daily, available on Apple Podcasts and all other podcast platforms.

TED's open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include TED.com, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; TEDx, which licenses thousands of individuals and groups to host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities; the Audacious Project, which surfaces and funds critical ideas that have the potential to impact millions of lives; TEDSummit, which gathers the most engaged members of the global TED community for brainstorms, discussions, performances, workshops and an eclectic program of mainstage talks; and the educational initiative TED-Ed. TED also has a library of original podcasts, including The TED Interview with Chris Anderson, Sincerely, X, and one of Apple Podcasts’ most downloaded new shows of 2018, WorkLife with Adam Grant.

Follow TED on Twitter at http://twitter.com/TEDTalks, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TED, on Instagram at https://instagram.com/ted and on Snapchat at tedtalkshq.

 

About Matapopore Charitable Trust

Matapopore is the mana whenua voice in recovery and is responsible for ensuring Ngāi Tūāhuriri/Ngāi Tahu values, aspirations and narratives are realised within the recovery of Christchurch. Matapopore do this by bringing together teams of Ngāi Tūāhuriri and Ngāi Tahu experts in natural heritage, mahinga kai, te reo Maori, whakapapa, urban design, art, architecture, landscape architecture, weaving and traditional arts to work alongside central and local government.The Matapopore design teams provide advice and interpretation on the Ngāi Tūāhuriri/Ngāi Tahu historical narratives and, key kaupapa and values such as whakapapa, mahinga kai, manaakitanga, mana motuhake and ture wairua to achieve design outcomes which meet the Ngāi Tahu objectives of the Recovery Plan and are ultimately more meaningful and respectful of the history and cultural landscape in which the projects are located. Visit https://matapopore.co.nz/ for more information.

Gwen Hooper