Man speaking on stage at TEDxTauranga

What happens when you bring over 700 people, life-changing stories and live entertainment together in one room?

Inspiration, education and fascination are just a few things that come out of such an event, and TEDxTauranga 2019 sure did not disappoint.

Ideas Worth Spreading

TED is a non-profit devoted to the philosophy of 'ideas worth spreading' through short, powerful talks. What began in 1984 as talks coverings topics related to 'Technology, Entertainment and Design' soon expanded with its growing popularity to cover a wide range of ideas, from science and business to global issues. TEDx events allow independent organisers to expand the name and concept with talks in their local area.

TEDxTauranga has been running since 2014 and has continued to bring more and more people from our community through the doors; spreading ideas, sparking conversations and creating connections.

The event, which is organised by unpaid volunteers, takes around 12 months to produce, with a collective 10,000 hours donated to make it all happen.

Some highlights from the day included hearing 12-year-old entomologist Olly Hills' experience writing a field guide to New Zealand cicadas, David Downs' surprisingly humorous battle with cancer, and Danielle Appleton’s eye-opening talk on the future of the dairy industry here in New Zealand. 

Audience in Holy Trinity Church for TEDxTauranga

Spectacular Stories Told

TECT Trustee Tina Jennen says TECT were delighted to be a funder of the event which brought our community together to learn and grow.

“TEDxTauranga is a pivotal event in Tauranga’s event calendar. This year the event was bigger than ever, with hundreds in our community enjoying all that was to be discovered through the unique experiences and ideas shared by an amazing line-up of speakers. It was truly a day not to be missed – there were tears, laughter, and complete silence in awe of some of the spectacular stories told.”

Sheldon Nesdale, licensee holder for TEDxTauranga, says he and the team of volunteers are extremely grateful for TECT’s support.

“We couldn’t have done it without TECT’s generous support. It ensured the event could run smoothly in a venue that could hold the increased capacity of people attending. More and more people wanted to be part of this incredible day, and we were so pleased we could make that happen!”

To learn more about TEDxTauranga, check out www.tedxtauranga.com.


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