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TedxAuckland Adds To Its Impressive Line-Up of Speakers


For Immediate Release Friday, 21 June 2013 Auckland, New Zealand

TedxAuckland Adds To Its Impressive
Line-Up of Speakers

TEDxAuckland is dedicated to showcasing the most interesting talent New Zealand has to offer and is pleased to announce four more inspirational individuals who will take to the stage at this year’s event.

Newly announced speakers include former New Zealand Prime Minister and Administrator of the UNDP, Helen Clark; founder of depression charity Live More Awesome and author of A Bit Mental, Jimi Hunt; local food advocate, social entrepreneur and founder of Ooooby, Pete Russell; and highly awarded professor and director of the Centre for Brain Research at the University of Auckland, Richard Faull.

These inspiring individuals will present their ideas alongside Mayor of Otorohanga and motorcycle enthusiast Dale Williams; iconic New Zealand furniture and lighting designer, David Trubridge; poet, teaching artist and creative entrepreneur, Grace Taylor; sustainability specialist and co-founder of ecostore, Malcolm Rands; chef and award-winning author Robert Oliver; award-winning documentary director of Finding Mercy, Robyn Paterson; and educator, entrepreneur and founder of the Hika programs Sophie Tauwehe Tamati.

“TEDx is mainly about two things - ideas and inspiration. With this in mind, TEDxAuckland is focused on bringing together the best talent to inspire attendees with tales of innovation, success and passion. Each of the eleven speakers announced so far have a great story to tell and I’m certain the audience will be buzzing after hearing their talks,” says Elliott Blade, event organiser.

TEDxAuckland will take place on Saturday, 3 August in the Aotea Centre. A wide range of speakers are set to take part in the full day event. A complete speaker line up will be announced in July.

TEDxAuckland is proudly supported by Principal Partner New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE), New Zealand’s international business development agency. NZTE helps New Zealand businesses grow bigger, better, and faster in international markets.

The New Zealand Herald, Telecom NZ and AUT University are Supporting Partners.

Loop, Scoop Media, Idealog Magazine, Flitter and The Goat Farm are TEDxAuckland Event Partners.

Tickets are now available for purchase from The Edge for $70-90 + booking fee.

For more information about this year’s speakers and all other updates visit


Event Information:
Date: Saturday, 3 August 2012
Venue: Aotea Centre


About TEDx,
x = independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 29 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Long Beach, California, along with the TEDActive simulcast in Palm Springs; the annual TEDGlobal conference is held each summer in Edinburgh, Scotland.

TED's media initiatives include, where new TEDTalks are posted daily, the recently launched TED-Ed platform for students and educators, the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide, and TEDBooks, short e-books by speakers that elaborate on a single idea originally presented on TED's stage. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action; TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to host local, self-organized events around the world, and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities. Follow TED on Twitter or on Facebook.

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