Matapopore Charitable Trust joins TEDxChristchurch and TEDxYouth@Christchurch as Cultural Partner

TEDxChristchurch and TEDxYouth@Christchurch are delighted to be collaborating with Matapopore Charitable Trust as Cultural Partner for the TEDxChristchurch 2019 Tūrangawaewae events across 24–25 August 2019. TEDx events bring together local, national and global thinkers and doers with the purpose of ideas worth spreading. 

We anticipate over 1800 attendees during the course of the weekend at the Christchurch Town Hall and surrounds. For many Cantabrians, this will be their first visit to the newly re-opened Town Hall. As such, we are excited to place the concept of tūrangawaewae—a place where one has rights of residence and belonging through kinship and whakapapa—at the heart of our programme.

The value of Matapopore and its placemaking work in and around Christchurch Town Hall, Tūranga and Victoria Square/Market Place will be of significant interest to our attendees. In partnership with Orbica and SCAPE Public Art, Matapopore have brought their walking tour to life, offering attendees a chance to learn about the innovative ways cultural heritage and identity is embedded and celebrated in Christchurch’s CBD. This will provide greater visibility to the unique cultural narratives and values of Ngāi Tūāhuriri and Ngāi Tahu and is one of the truly inspiring and significant outcomes in the recovery of greater Christchurch.

Gwen Hooper