Ladi6 Takes the Stage with Julian Arahanga at TEDxChristchurch

“Modern miracle worker” Dr Swee Tan, YouTube sensation Finnian Galbraith, and tap-dancing duo The Sintes Brothers join a world-class selection of speakers and performers on 3 October.

Key Points

·       Second wave of speakers announced for TEDxChristchurch 2015: ‘Think Again’

·       Strong youth representation on stage

·       Youth and Stall memberships sold out; remaining memberships selling fast

·       TEDxChristchurch Village to include display vehicles from EVolocity, TEDx Bookstore from Scorpio Books, tech demos from HIT Lab, and more

Christchurch, New Zealand – She is best known for her music, with Platinum-selling hits such as “Like Water.” But at TEDxChristchurch, Ladi6 won’t just be singing; she’ll be joining producer and director Julian Arahanga to share the story of the acclaimed TV show Songs from the Inside.

Ladi6 and Julian are just two of the more than 20 extraordinary individuals set to take the stage at TEDxChristchurch on Saturday, 3 October. Already announced are former deputy domestic policy adviser to President Clinton, Eric Liu; a co-founder of Tesla Motors, Ian Wright; journalist Rod Oram; musician Jason Kerrison; comedian Michele A’Court, and right-to-die advocate Matt Vickers.

Over 1,000 eager thinkers have already snapped up memberships to the one-day event. While Youth and Stall memberships are sold out, there are some Dress and Grand memberships remaining. Donor memberships are also available, offering the exclusive opportunity to meet the speakers before the event.

Today’s speaker announcement includes a number of additional luminaries. Dr Swee Tan has been called a “modern miracle worker” for his revolutionary treatment of strawberry birthmarks, with significant implications for cancer research. Frances Valintine is the founder of The Mind Lab, which is transforming the way teachers approach education in the digital age. Carolina Izzo is a conservator who has been entrusted with the care and restoration of some of the world’s most precious artifacts – including our very own Isaac Theatre Royal. Professor Max Suckling is an expert on insect ecology. And Craig Jarvis is an architectural designer pushing the boundaries of sustainable living.

There will be strong youth representation on stage as well. 15-year-old Finnian Galbraith shot to fame in July when a video he posted about the pronunciation of Māori words went viral. And 11-year-old Analise Twemlow, who suffers from Tourette’s Syndrome, will be joined by her mother Robyn Twemlow to talk about the disability.

North Canterbury duo The Sintes Brothers will make you think again about tap dancing, and the whole show will be opened by pan-tribal kapa haka group Te Pao a Tahu.

Thanks to partners like Meridian Energy, Davis Ogilvie, Christchurch City Council, and the US Embassy, the TEDxChristchurch Village will be a feast for the senses, featuring display vehicles from EVolocity, the TEDx Bookstore from Scorpio Books, tech demos from HIT Lab, and more. The TEDxChristchurch commitment to local, sustainable, organic and delicious food is also as strong as ever; lunch includes offerings from renowned chefs Richard Till, Jonny Schwass, and Alesha Jean Bilbrough-Collins. The catering, as well as free barista coffee from Hummingbird and Coffee Worx, the event afterparty and the world-famous-in-Christchurch goody bag, are included in every event membership. Memberships are available at and through

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Tesla Motors Co-Founder Ian Wright Among High-Profile Speakers At TEDxChristchurch In October

Key Points

·       TEDxChristchurch 2015: ‘Think Again’ to be held Saturday 3 October 2015

·       First wave of speakers announced

·       Now back in Central City

·       Event memberships available now

·       Youth memberships sold out

Christchurch, New Zealand – The former Deputy Domestic Policy Adviser to President Clinton, Eric Liu. A co-founder of Tesla Motors, Ian Wright. Journalist Rod Oram, musician Jason Kerrison, comedienne Michele A’Court, and right-to-die advocate Matt Vickers. These are just some of the immensely talented speakers and perfomers set to grace the stage as part of a wildly eclectic line-up at TEDxChristchurch 2015: Think Again.

Additional speakers and performers will be revealed over the coming weeks.

Now in its sixth year, the popular event has moved back into Central City. TEDx Village will take up The Press carpark and extend down Gloucester Street, with main stage content in the Isaac Theatre Royal.

“This is the most ambitious event we’ve ever done,” says Curator Kaila Colbin. “Our team has been taking the theme, Think Again, to heart, and looking at every single aspect of TEDxChristchurch to see how it can be bigger, bolder, different… better.”

Eric Liu is just one of the outstanding additions to the programme, thanks to support from the US Embassy. Formerly deputy domestic policy adviser and speechwriter for President Clinton, Liu founded and now heads Citizen University (, dedicated to helping ordinary people better understand how power works – thereby becoming more powerful citizens.

Also coming to New Zealand specifically for TEDxChristchurch is Ian Wright. The Northland native co-founded Tesla Motors, which now sports a market cap of over US$30 billion and is famous worlwide for its high-end electric cars. After leaving Tesla in 2005, he started Wrightspeed (, aimed at revolutionising transport by providing electric drive trains for industrial fleets.

Electric vehicles won’t just appear on Wright’s slides, though. Attendees will get to explore creations from the EVolocity programme (, in which high school students build electric bikes with support from polytechnic tutors, EVolocity facilitators and volunteers from the engineering community. Meridian Energy will also be onsite with its electric vehicle charging station.

The Think Again theme has permeated everything from the content of the talks to the catering to the visual identity, which Creative Partner Strategy Design and Advertising has interpreted as “changing your angle”.

The theme has also influenced the process for attending. Unlike in previous years, there is no application form. Event memberships cost $139 and include all catering for the day including free barista coffee from Hummingbird and Coffee Worx. Also included is the event afterparty and the world-famous-in-Christchurch goody bag. Memberships are available at and through

General admission memberships are selling fast, and while the discount programme for youth attendees is back thanks to support from the Wayne Francis Community Trust, it is so popular that it has already sold out.

“It’s going to be a spectacular day,” says Colbin. “The speakers, the performers, the food, the displays… I can’t wait.”

Gwen Hooper