Kia ora! Welcome to TEDxHastingsSt

Hawke’s Bay TEDx Event, TEDxHastingsSt, was held in Havelock North, Hastings, and Napier with a Salon event also in Taradale. 

The 2018 event focused on visions for a more culturally vibrant Hawke’s Bay. In 2019, the theme looked more practically at how to achieve that inspiring vision. And TEDxHastingsSt  2020 began to apply the vision.

After a year full of uncertainty, TEDxHastingsSt 2020’s theme of Celebrate the Journey encouraged us all to renew our long-term vision as we look to the future. It is easy to celebrate the beginning or end of something, but celebrating the journey itself is often forgotten.

All events organized by the devoted volunteer team at TEDxHastingsSt with support from their sponsors and key partners. These volunteers included Kev Carter, Dennis Draeger, Beth Elstone, Paula McSporran, and Clare Shirkey.

You may see summaries for our events below:




Thank you, and celebrate the journey!

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What is TED and TEDx?

What is TED?

TED is a nonpartisan nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. 

What is TEDx?

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxHastingsSt, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxHastingsSt event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.

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What attendees have said

These testimonials are from the anonymous surveys we sent out after each of our three events.

I loved it! Well run, great speakers and right here in Hawke’s Bay. Felt inspired and fulfilled when I left. I especially liked how the speakers hung around in the foyer so we got to mingle and talk to them casually 🙂

Attendee, July 2018

The chance to meet and hear challenging presentations by excellent speakers and then to discuss and meet with local people who are concerned is a movement which meets the needs of our time.

Attendee, November 2018

It was so inspiring! And since it is quite a small venue it was very a personal, relaxed atmosphere. Lots of questions going back and forth between speakers and audience. Big plus: speakers based or grown up in Hawke’s Bay.

Attendee, July 2018

Great selection of speakers and a current topic of “culture” was perfect.

Attendee, July 2018

It was a well organised event with a wide range of speakers dealing with relevant topics and good business ideals.

Attendee, July 2018

Great event, fantastic local support from sponsors, excellent speakers, great variety and stunning powhiri.

Attendee, August 2019

It was great. I didn’t know what to expect but it delivered a diverse but balanced and stimulating afternoon.

Attendee, August 2019

It was well organized, the speakers were really excellent and people attending all interesting people to connect with. It was a source of inspiration.

Attendee, August 2019

This was the first time I’ve attended a TEDx, do follow various you tube TEDx topics and found the event brilliantly organised and loved the format with plenty of time to network.

Attendee, August 2019

Great to support local people. Interesting & thought provoking. You only have to make that one connection/hear that one thing that resonates to make it worthwhile.

Attendee, August 2019

A precious opportunity for individuals in our local community to find their voice and present vital issues to a world audience.

Attendee, August 2019

Best small TEDx in the country. Great experience. Will definitely be back!!!

Attendee, September 2020

We attended your TEDx happening on Saturday. Loved it. Not quite sure prior, but very impressed on the day. Great venue, interesting speakers covering a range, very well compered and an impressive ending. Good food and wine too. Also very impressed with your history of the event.So a fine day, thank you!

Attendee, September 2020

Loved the format, venue and speakers. The speakers got better and better and the event progressed. I was very inspired! Well done running such a smart event.

Attendee, September 2020

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Previous Events (2018 & 2019)

During the first event, attendees were invited to write or draw their inspiration from the event. These creations were collected and used to create the quilt seen above.

Below are a few selected talks given at previous events.

TEDxHastingsSt 2018: Chellie Spiller

Chellie Spiller bridges the gap between the ancient Polynesian art of Wayfinding and modern theories of leadership.

TEDxHastingsSt 2018: Zaheer Ali

Zaheer Ali spoke about how Agile processes can be adapted to any organizational system (beyond tech) and even in our personal lives.

TEDxHastingsSt 2019: Chris Heath

Chris illustrates the unseen connections between the things you can see. Is the world around us really as simple as it first appears?

TEDxHastingsSt 2019: Lani Morris

Specializing in organizational behaviour, Napier native Lani Morris then present the Map of Meaning: a visualization to help us create work worth doing, a life worth living, and organisations worth having.

TEDxHastingsSt 2020: Bhavna Nagar

Bhavna, a clinical psychologist, speaks from her own personal journey with self-abusive thoughts. She explains how to parent your own inner critic to become successful and happy at the same time.

TEDxHastingsSt 2020: Jules Congalton

The energy landscape will change significantly in the near future as exciting and promising new technologies are constantly emerging. These changes could make a profound difference for our society. How can these innovations improve society by tackling energy issues that play a crucial role in people’s lives?

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