CCC Supporting TEDxChristchurch as 2018 Gold Partner

TEDxChristchurch is delighted to welcome Christchurch City Council as a returning partner for our 2018 event, The Campfire.

Since the first post-quake TEDxChristchurch in 2011, we’ve been gratified to receive support and encouragement from Council. While we’re an apolitical organisation, we are always open to conversations, connections, and relationships that help our political leaders embrace ideas worth spreading.

Our partnership with CCC is a significant factor in allowing us to deliver the calibre of event our attendees have come to expect. We look forward to continuing this relationship into the future.

Gwen Hooper
Bringing back the woolly mammoth. TEDxChristchurch 2016: 360º is bringing the past to the present.

You don’t need a ticket to Jurassic Park to experience a bygone time. This year TEDxChristchurch is transporting attendees to the past to make a difference for the future. From the resurrection of species to the revival of discarded wind turbines for playgrounds to the restoration of New Zealand’s bird population, TEDxChristchurch 2016 has it all, minus the dinosaurs.

Today, TEDxChristchurch announced the next four speakers in the 2016 lineup: Dr. Amy Fletcher, Jos de Krieger, Sophie Rea and Grant Ryan.

We’re taught that extinction is forever – but scientists today are proving otherwise. Dr Amy Fletcher, associate professor in political science at the University of Canterbury is looking into the big questions around “bringing back” extinct species. As just one example, we’ve nearly completed sequencing the woolly mammoth genome and it is only a matter of time before scientists have the ability to “revive” extinct species, including the giant sloth, the saber-toothed tiger and New Zealand’s own giant moa.  

Dr Fletcher’s research and teaching, focused on life sciences and biotechnology, have helped shaped our understanding of wildlife, nature, animals, the role humankind has to play with de-extinction and whether we should be raising creatures of the Ice Age back from the dead. Are we overstepping stepping the field of science? What will become of our conservation efforts if we know there’s a backhand solution? And how far will resurrection go before we’re in the realm of dark arts?

Aiming to intervene before de-extinction becomes necessary, the ‘addicted inventor’ Grant Ryan is putting his energy into helping make New Zealand predator-free with The Cacophony Project. The creator of Eurekster, YikeBike and PurePods is harnessing yet more Kiwi ingenuity, using artificial intelligence and big data to eliminate pests and restore New Zealand’s bird population to its former glory. As James Cook’s botanist Joseph Banks explained, the singing of the birds ashore was the “most melodious wild musick [he’d] ever heard… the most tuneable silver sound imaginable.” Ryan is inventing new ways to bring back that soundtrack.

Further improving the quality of our environment, Netherlands-based Jos de Krieger and the team from Superuse Studios cleverly manipulate the disused into the useful, leaving nothing to spare. One of the team’s most publicised projects turned recycled wind turbine blades into a children’s playground. Five discarded rotor blades were cut up and into parts to serve as tunnels, towers, bridges, hills, ramps and slides. de Krieger and his team have reused other locally sourced ‘waste’: PVC cable reels into multipurpose storage, airplane seatbelts into fashion accessories – even a whole house made entirely of “waste” materials. de Krieger and his partners are pushing the boundaries of design and building methods while promoting the idea that sustainability, functionality and creativity all go hand in hand.

Finally, slam poet Sophie Rea is an up-and-comer to listen to. Taking out first place in the Christchurch Poetry Slam competition and the Rising Voices National Slam, Sophie will win your heart over as she did ours at TEDxYouth@AvonRiver in 2015. One of TEDxChristchurch’s youngest performers, Sophie reminds us that everyone has a story, and she conveys her message with power and conviction. Her words are beautiful to listen to while holding deep meaning and important lessons for society.  

Following the highly successful return to the CBD last year, TEDxChristchurch 2016: 360º will take place on 29 October at TEDxChristchurch Village, encompassing the iconic Isaac Theatre Royal and surrounding area. This year, the Village expands to include the new Centre for Music and Arts, The Piano, around the corner.

Youth memberships sold out within days but General Memberships are still available. The all-day event costs $189.00, which alongside the inspiring talks includes delicious food, the famous goodie bag, entertainment, free espresso all day, and more.

The non-profit event is choreographed by a dedicated team of more than 40 local volunteers. 

Seamus Dunn
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

Gwen Hooper2015, Think Again
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