TEDxKa¯ piti speaker line-up named

Eleven different thought-provoking topics to emerge

Rosalie Willis






The speakers for Ka¯piti and Horowhenua’s first TEDxKa¯piti have been announced with a vast array of topics being covered in the 11 talks. Taking place on June 25 at Te Raukura ki Ka¯piti, the event is an independently run TED event, with the Ka¯piti event being organised by Lorraine Hamilton and Anna Colville Smith. While some topics cover straightforward ideas such as music, climate change and mental health, the talks are designed to spark thought that brings new perspectives, deep ponderings and inspires change in the speaker, audience and community. TEDxKa¯ piti licensee, organiser and Paraparaumu local Lorraine Hamilton said the organising group received more than 40 speaker nominations for the selection committee to review. “We are feeling proud about speaker line-up,” she said. “Thank you to everyone who bravely put themselves or someone else forward with an idea worth spreading. “The organising group was blown away by the response and it gives us great inspiration to see what might emerge out of this event this year.” The theme for this TEDx event is emerge, which means come to light, to move out or away from something and to become apparent, or even this prominent. It means new ideas, invites a distinction from our neighbours in Wellington and offers a focus on the resilience seen in many areas since Covid-19. The event will be MC-ed by experienced MC and Ka¯piti local Matt Gifford. With speakers talking for between nine and 18 minutes, the talks are orientated to be about the ideas not about the speaker, with the speaker presenting “ideas worth sharing”. The full-day event is being held in the Sir Jon Trimmer Theatre at Te Raukura ki Ka¯piti on June TEDxKa¯ piti speakers 25. ■ AJ Crawshaw — on turning shared information into music ■ Monique Davidson — on how leadership isn’t necessarily about age or experience ■ Anthony, Caleb & Brendan Hazel — on how small deeds are complete rubbish ■ Nadine Anne Hura — on the dual crises of climate and mental health ■ Sharlene Maoate-Davis — on why we all have some sacred healing work to do, and how we can do it ■ Jack Penman — on realising it’s the different people who will make a difference in the world, and how we can support them ■ Amy Skipper — on why children should speak when spoken to ■ Tainui Stephens — on perceptions of truth, and how science and art are the foundations of new truths to ensure our survival ■ Philip Sue — on how learning can be anyone’s superpower ■ Hohepa Thompson — on what means to be a risk-taker and provocateur ■ Jared Tuoro — on why we need death in order to have a life it a