Audience Member Reactions to TEDxTauranga 2013

Here’s a collection of feedback about TEDxTauranga which was held on Tuesday 30 July 2013 (if you’ve got something to add, do so in the comments section below):

“Participating in the first TEDx Tauranga was an honour. Being an avid online TED talk watcher, it had never occurred to me that I might have something TED-worthy to talk about. I love learning about new ideas and perspectives and so it was interesting to change my perspective on my own experience. I was definitely inspired and humbled by my fellow speakers and walked away with some serious food for thought. The deconstructed format of the evening fostered interaction between attendees and speakers which made it relaxed and enjoyable and a perfect forum to meet new people.”
– Charlotte Yates

“My partner, Lockie Martin, and I attended the Tedx, last night.  It was great!  Well done on getting some interesting and inspiring speakers!”
– Carolyn Mooney

“Thank you for organising a fantastic event.  I can’t wait for the next talk.”
– Ingrid Booysen

“What a positive experience the first TEDx Tauranga has been. As one of the group that gathered around Sheldon to make the event happen  here I can honestly say that it has been a wonderful  journey. It is also one that I want to continue for as long as I can perform a useful role as part of the fantastic TEDx Tauranga team. If I could find an adjective to describe the experience it would be” invigorating”. I liken it to something I did in April a couple of years ago when I jumped from the back of a yacht into the chilled waters of  Milford Sound – your body is shocked into life , your heart skips a beat and your mind is attuned to the whole experience. Ideas are powerful and story telling is powerful as we learned last night especially from Tommy Kapai. Ideas and storytelling – inspiring us to make ourselves, this community and its people truly “alive” .
Marcus Wilkins 

“It was a great night, good range of people, plenty of energy, positive, great start.”
Greg Sowter

“Congratulations on a very successful event. It was a pleasure to be at Tauranga’s first Tedx”
– Lipika Sen

“Sheldon, you and the team around you are stars. TEDx Tauranga was inspiring, the venue and all of the fiddly eventy bits that often go haywire were perfect and if you don’t end up with at least 1500 people at the next one (and July 2014 is WAY too far off by the way so please find an earlier date) then I will be amazed. Thank you for a wonderful evening.”
Brett Roberts

“What a great evening it was, I am really impressed by all the collaboration and project managing to pull off a fantastic event for Tauranga.  I thoroughly enjoyed the speakers, however, I especially enjoyed the networking and meeting a bunch of really awesome people.”
– Ellyn Brunskill

“I really thought it was well organised, a great success and the branding was spot on! Good line up of talks too! I am super stoked that this event was in TGA. Keep up the good work! – Rogier Simons It was a good night out and an excellent effort first round. Food and refreshments were great – of the quality I’d expect coupled with TED event.”
– Scott Crowley

“If you want to grow free range kids – feed them a daily dose of Ted-utainment”
– Tommy Kapai

I was very lucky to be permitted to watch this round of TEDX, especially when I learn’t that there were 100’s if not 1000’s of disappointed people that missed out. My being there was at the last minute and was due to the kindness of the organisers permitting me to slip in. Nik Gregg my brother was talking on behalf of Sustainability options which we jointly founded about a year earlier.  I had never heard of TEDX until 2 weeks earlier when Nik said it was suggested he audition for.  The experience was amazing, listening to such interesting talks, on a wide variety of subjects, from people that could deliver so well. I think the most important thing was these talk lifted your soul, gave hope, were inspirational. I came back vowing  to listen to more. I search the internet the next morning to see what was available. Wow the positivity that is going on in the world is huge. There is even Ted Talks for kids, I have now introduced a Ted Talk to my kids at least once a week. It shows us that there is never doom, just possibilities. TED Talks is uplifting. Thanks you Sheldon & team for bringing TED to Tauranga and letting me see.
– Phil Gregg

All 6 Videos from TEDxTauranga 2013

Did you miss out on TEDxTauranga, 30 July 2013?

Did you attend, but want to relive the evening?

Then I have great news for you because here are the videos of each of the 6 speakers on the night:

(See this playlist on YouTube)

Speaker #1: Dean Parchomchuk & Charlotte Yates: “Tokelau, Bringing Solar Power to a Nation”

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Watch video on YouTube

Speaker #2: Hans Rosling: “The Magic Washing Machine” [VIDEO we played]

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Watch video on YouTube

Speaker #3: Peter Blakeway: “Should We Eat Our Pets?”

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Watch video on YouTube

Speaker #4: Nik Gregg: “Compassionate Business”

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Watch video on YouTube

Speaker #5: Joseph Kim: “The Family I Lost in North Korea. And the Family I Gained” [VIDEO we played]

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Watch video on YouTube

Speaker #6: Tommy Wilson: “Edu-tainment is the Silver Lining of the Long White Cloud”

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Watch video on YouTube

What do you think?

Share your reaction on our blog post or on our Facebook page.

TEDxTauranga 2013: How last night went

sheldon.nesdaleJust a quick note to let you know how it went last night.

I was the emcee for the event and I started the night with 5 promises (and at the end of the night I checked with the audience if I had kept them):

  1. You will hear new ideas [achieved!]
  2. You will meet new people [achieved!]
  3. You will cry at least once [achieved!]
  4. You will laugh at least twice [achieved!]
  5. You will clap until your hands are raw [achieved!]

Recently I’ve come to realise that with events like this, that 1/3 of the value of attending is the content and 2/3rds the people that you meet before, during and after. So I made sure to include at least 4 minutes of time between talks so everyone could meet new people.

We had 6 talks (4 live speakers + 2 videos):

#1: Dean Parchomchuk & Charlotte Yates “Tokelau: Bringing Solar Power to a Nation”

#2Hans Rosling “The Magic Washing Machine” [VIDEO] 

#3: Peter Blakeway “Should we eat our pets?”

#4: Nik Gregg “Compassionate business”

#5Joseph Kim “The family I lost in North Korea. And the family I gained” [VIDEO]

#6: Tommy Wilson “Edu-tainment is the silver lining of the long white cloud”

For our live speakers, we hope to have videos to share with you in a couple of weeks.

Photos are coming soon (hopefully in a few days).

And we’ve started talking about the next one, penciled in for July 2014 (for up to 1000 people).

Would you like to help with the next one?  I’m looking for help in 3 ways:

  1. Yes, I can help with sponsorship
  2. Yes, I know of someone that would make a great speaker for next time
  3. Yes, I would like to volunteer to help organise the next one


Sheldon Nesdale
Head Organiser of / Tuesday 30 July 2013

“Ideas worth spreading”
Phone: (07) 575 8799

Mobile: 021 128 5046
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 call TEDx (place), where x=independently organized TED event. At our TEDx (place) 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.

Speakers Announced For TEDxTauranga 2013

For TEDxTauranga, 30 July 2013 we will have 4 live speakers and 2 pre-recorded TED talks.

parchomchuk-family1. Dean Parchomchuk & Charlotte Yates

You’ll hear their amazing story of how they changed the lives of the people on a small tropical island of Tokelau by replacing their crippling dependency on diesel generated electricity with solar power.

Peter Blakeway2. Peter Blakeway

There are few people in this world more passionate about food. You’ll hear his amazing perspective on the choices we make when we put food in our mouths. You will think differently after this talk.


tommy-kapai3. Tommy Kapai

You’ll hear the amazing story of his life and, in particular, his startling, bold, global vision for preventing crime through story telling.



nik.gregg4. Nik Gregg

Want to live in a world served by compassionate business for the common good of humanity for the benefit of future generations? Good. We do too. Nik will show us the way.




Your emcee for the evening will be Sheldon Nesdale, the licence holder for TEDxTauranga.

TEDxTauranga, 30 July 2013 is SOLD OUT!

That’s right, tickets to TEDxTauranga 30 July 2013 have SOLD OUT!

Did you get a ticket? If so, my team and I look forward to meeting you in 9 days time!

Did you miss out on a ticket? I’m so sorry!

  1. You can follow our Twitter for live reports during the event 6pm – 9.30pm Tue 30 Jul 2013 (Hash Tag #TEDxTauranga)
  2. We are recording the talks and will put them up on YouTube in August

5 Things You Need To Know:

  1. Tickets: Have you joined the TEDxTauranga tribe? If so, you will be first in line for tickets to the next TEDxTauranga, yay!
  2. Community: Join us on Facebook to be part of this community. Contribute to discussions, start discussions of your own, ask questions, answer questions, share your favourite TED talks
  3. Sponsorship: We need sponsorship to keep our ticket prices down. Who do you know that we could send our sponsorship pack to? Let me know.
  4. Volunteers: Would you like to join our team to organise and run the next TEDxTauranga event? Reach out to me
  5. Speakers: Who do you know that would make a great TEDxTauranga speaker? You can nominate them here


Sheldon Nesdale
Head Organiser of / Tuesday 30 July 2013

“Ideas worth spreading”
Phone: (07) 575 8799

Mobile: 021 128 5046

Progress Update: Wed 16 July 2013

Just 2 weeks until TEDxTauranga! It’s going to be awesome!

Good news, we’ve made room in our schedule for a 4th live speaker!

So the evening will be made up of 4 live speakers + 2 pre-recorded talks plus 3 sessions for mixing and mingling with other Tedsters like you that love hearing ideas worth spreading.


The last batch of invites for tickets goes out on Thursday morning so if you haven’t already, filled in the application form to get tickets to TEDxTauranga right now. This is your last chance!

Oh yea, one more thing: The organising team have been talking about the next TEDx event which might be as early as November 2013 (another 100 person event) + we are looking at July 2014 for a really big one (up to 1000 people).

Wouldn’t it be great if you could say “Yes, I went to the very first TEDxTauranga where it all started”?


Sheldon Nesdale
Head Organiser of / Tuesday 30 July 2013

“Ideas worth spreading”
Phone: (07) 575 8799

Mobile: 021 128 5046

Progress Update: Wed 3 July 2013

Less than 4 weeks until TEDxTauranga and we are so pumped and excited!

Just last night, half of the TEDxTauranga organising team met with half of our potential speakers.

It was fantastic hearing their amazing stories face-to-face.

We’d love you to hear them all but we have the difficult task of choosing just 3 speakers for TEDxTauranga.

So hard in fact, we are desperately trying to find room in our schedule for 1 more live speaker.

We will have one more evening for potential speakers next week to find 1 more speaker and a few back-ups.

In the meantime you can check our speakers pageto see who we have locked in so far.

Just a reminder, if you haven’t filled in the application form to get tickets to TEDxTauranga, do that today.

Progress Update: Mon 24 June 2013

Wow, things are going to move quickly now!

Licence?: Yes! We have our official TEDx licence.

Date?: Yes! We have the date: Tuesday 30 July 2013, 7pm – 9.30pm (drinks and nibbles from 6pm).

Team?: Yes! We have the team: 14 of us meeting every Tuesday morning

Speakers?: We have a list of 40 potential speakers to work through in the next couple of weeks. We will have 3 lives speakers on the day (+ 2 videos)

Venue?: Still to be finalised

Tickets?: There will be 100 tickets for sale (price to be finalised)

How you can help?

  • Help spread the word through Facebook:
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  • Let me know how else you’d like to help (I need more organisers for my team, sponsorship, resources, advertising & marketing)

Sheldon Nesdale
Head Organiser of / Tuesday 30 July 2013
“Ideas worth spreading”

Phone: (07) 575 8799
Mobile: 021 128 5046

Have you heard about It’s a massive (and growing) collection of inspiring talks.
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Quick Facts About TEDxTauranga:
  • When?: Tuesday 30 July 2013 7pm – 9.30pm (drinks and nibbles from 6pm)
  • Where?: Either Baycourt Theatre, or TECT arena BayPark
  • How many people?: 3 live speakers + 2 pre-recorded talks and 100 in the audience
  • For profit or Non-profit?: This event is Non-profit. The organisers are all volunteers
  • Ticket Price? About $60-$100 depending on sponsorship
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  1. Note the date in your diary: 7pm to 9.30pm Tuesday 30 July (drinks and nibbles from 6pm) and plan to attend
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