TEDx Tauranga a huge success

The TEDx event in Tauranga was a huge hit with participants as record numbers attended the series of seminars at the ASB Arena last weekend.  A diverse range of local and international speakers shared a variety of topics, including the potential of microscopes made from paper, the effects of soil on human health and solutions to reduce New Zealand’s growing mountains of waste, waste that could be recycled and yet is currently sent to landfill.  There was and even some singing and dancing from NZ’s Got Talent runner up Calista and entertainer Alice Sea.

One of the most engaging talks was from Puawai Cairns, a curator at the Te Papa museum in Wellington.  A member of a local Tauranga iwi, she researched the histories of a number of local Maori who fought in World War One, using social media to contact their descendants and learn more about their lives.  She even passed on new information about the soldiers to their families.

Kyle Ashley’s comment on the Tedx Facebook page is indicative of the mood of participants: “TEDx was an amazing, heartening, positive informative day, a much needed antidote to the fear based NEWS, which seldom features the people taking us to a positive future. The group of speakers and entertainers we had in Tauranga this weekend form part of that positive growing movement . Thanks for bringing TED to Tauranga and including local issues too.”

Plans are already underway for a bigger and better event next year. Stay tuned and keep in touch via https://www.facebook.com/TEDxTauranga.