TEDxTauranga Speakers 2014

For TEDxTauranga 2014 (19 July) we had the following 9 live speakers and 2 entertainers (enjoyed by an audience of 505).

Puawai Cairns

Puawai Cairns, Tauranga/Wellington

1. Puawai Cairns

Talk Title: Forgotten grandfathers: Newly discovered stories from the Maori men of World War I.

Puawai is a Curator at Te Papa Tongarewa. She took us on a journey discovering the motivations and emotions of the Maori Contingent at Gallipoli, and what she discovered with the help of social media.

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Ben Warren

Ben Warren, Havelock North

2. Ben Warren

Talk Title: Modern lives are longer lives? Why that might NOT be true for you.

Through the story of his own journey to health, former professional golfer, nutritional and health expert Ben helped us discover why, as a society, we aren’t living longer, healthier lives and what exactly we could do about this.

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Dr. Ian McLean

Dr. Ian McLean, Tauranga

3. Dr Ian G. McLean

Talk Title: Love your children? Keep their enemies close.

From the wilds of Canada, through warzones in the middle east to small town New Zealand, Biologist Dr. Ian G. McLean explained how our ability to adapt our behaviour to whatever threatens us will allow us to survive in the face of adversity.

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Marty Hoffart

Marty Hoffart, Tauranga

4. Marty Hoffart

Talk Title: Still a clean, green New Zealand? Three opportunities to rescue our slipping image.

Do you know how many discarded tyres there are in the landscape of NZ? What happens to your old TV when it goes to the dump? Marty is co-founder and trustee of The Environmental Education for Resource Sustainability Trust (EERST), Chair of the Community Recycling Network (CRN) and is the director of a Tauranga based waste minimisation consultancy Waste Watchers Ltd. His ideas on waste minimisation challenged our perceptions of how we deal with waste in New Zealand.

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Dr. Rodney Ford

Dr. Rodney Ford, Christchurch

5. Dr. Rodney Ford

Talk Title: Daily bread: Can ANY human body handle gluten?

Gluten – friend or foe? Did Dr. Rodney Ford, MB. BS. MD. FRACP, and a pioneer in the field of paediatric food allergies, convince us that nobody is equipped to digest gluten? Through decades of research, Dr. Ford believes that abundant health can be achieved by anyone who eats the appropriate foods.

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Vikki Kelly

Vikki Kelly, Auckland

6. Vikki Kelly

Talk Title: The three second kiss: Why our future depends on it.

Mindfulness is available to us all. We are losing our ability to relate to one another but with a few simple tools we learnt to reverse this process– We PUCKERED up with development coach Vikki Kelly to rediscover this lost art and improve our relationships with each other.

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James Ross

James Ross, Tauranga

7. James Ross

Talk Title: Learning differently: What if words in every book leaped up and came to life?

How do you go from school drop-out to finding power in seeing words in three dimensions? James Ross is passionate about showing people how dyslexia can be nurtured by teaching 3D learning.

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Dr. Liza Schneider

Dr. Liza Schneider, Tauranga

8. Dr. Liza Schneider

Talk Title: Sustainable healthcare for our pets: Why the answer is not in the bag.

Dr. Liza Schneider is a holistic vet. She works hard to help in the pursuit of happier, healthier lives for our pets. Could we learn from these principles and apply them in our own lives?

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Nicole Masters

Nicole Masters, Napier

9. Nicole Masters

Talk Title: Down and Dirty: A pile of reasons to fall in love with soil.

Are you a “germaphobe”? We let Agroecologist, Nicole Masters, explain how deeply microbes affect everything about us and learnt why taking action to save the health of our soil offers a wide range of benefits not only to the environment but to society as a whole.

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Alice Sea

Alice Sea

Entertainer – Alice Sea + Aaron Saxon

Composer and multi-instrumentalist, Alice Sea has been sweeping her sound waves across our shores since 2008. She used an array of instruments when performing including the didgeridoo, tin whistles, djembe, finger harp, guitar, blues harp, ukulele, flute, vocals & synth.




Entertainer – Calista

15-year-old Tauranga singer Calista reached the semi finals in NZ’s Got Talent last year. She has a huge future ahead and wowed the audience with her extreme talent.


Sheldon Nesdale

Sheldon Nesdale


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