Sponsors 2015

TEDxTauranga is bringing speakers to our city that will make you Think, Thrive and Transform. To deliver the best new ideas we have partnered with some great organisations that thrive on the same principles. Our sponsors assist us financially or with their specialist services so we can deliver you TEDxTauranga 2015.


Tauranga City Council

Platinum Sponsor
Tauranga City Council, made up of staff and elected members, work to provide services and facilities for the benefit of the citizens of Tauranga.

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Bay of Plenty Polytechnic

Platinum Sponsor
The Bay of Plenty Polytechnic Te Kuratini o Poike is committed to providing a dynamic learning experience for its students to achieve their education goals. A government owned and funded public regional institute of technology, BOP Polytechnic has two campuses in Tauranga and two other training facilities in the Bay.

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Platinum Sponsor
Ignition co-working space breaks the barriers of the traditional work space and is home to Tauranga’s growing community of entrepreneurs, self-employed, startups, contractors, professionals, business visitors and more.

Ignition says:
“We’re supporters of TEDxTauranga because the event will stimulate innovation, which is the key that will transform Tauranga into a high productivity economy that is globally competitive within its market niches”



Mackenzie Elvin

Platinum Sponsor
Mackenzie Elvin is a legal firm specialising in out-of-the-box solutions and innovative commercial thinking. We’re all about people and what they need. Mackenzie Elvin has a great team of specialists across a variety of areas who work together to provide solutions for you as an individual.

Mackenzie Elvin says:
“Mackenzie Elvin has always been a big supporter of TEDx. The sharing of ideas and new concepts is exciting and switches people on to new possibilities. We love being part of that process.”


D & B Construction

Platinum Sponsor
Operating since 2007, D & B Construction offer services ranging from new residential buildings and alterations to commercial projects, watertight remediation and project management. As Qualified Builders they work alongside clients with their architectural partners to meet the client’s requirements.

D & B Construction says:
“D&B Construction are proud to sponsor TEDxTauranga 2015. This is a positive event for Tauranga and a wonderful opportunity for members of our community to come together to learn, laugh, be inspired and entertained. We all know what’s it like in business and life when we are hit by a ‘light bulb’ moment (sure to happen during TEDx in July), it’s important for D&B Construction to facilitate those moments during the planning and building phases for our clients. Our innovative and alternative thinking towards construction consistently results in highly detailed projects that exceed our client expectations.
We are delighted to be platinum sponsors of this year’s TEDx event and look forward to our involvement on the 25th July 2015, keep an eye out for the quick build as you arrive at the ASB Arena.”

Bay of Plenty Times

Platinum Media Partner


Platinum Media Partner
Eventfinda is New Zealand’s largest and most comprehensive discovery resource for events and live entertainment. Every month, hundreds of thousands of Kiwis count on Eventfinda to find out “what’s on” across dozens of categories including Concerts, Performing Arts, Sports, Exhibitions, Workshops and Education. With 6000 upcoming events listed at any given time, there’s something for everyone.

Eventfinda says:
“TEDx and Eventfinda share a commitment to technological and personal creativity, to innovation, and to the spirit of discovery and sharing. We’re proud to partner with TEDxTauranga to help bring the message to our shared audience, encourage collaboration and generate new ideas worth spreading.”


Platinum Media Partner
ZM is your station with the best music, biggest celebs and the hottest concerts!

Stay up to date with ZM at ZMonline.com or listen anywhere on iHeartRadio.co.nz! You can now also find Fletch, Vaughan & Megan on ZM between 6-10am! Make sure you tune in for the latest and a bit of a laugh!

NZME says:
“NZME Radio is delighted to continue our association with TEDx for another year. The chance to work with a team of people delivering a thought provoking and inspiring event here in Tauranga is awesome. We’re stoked to continue working with TEDx and we can’t wait to hear the talks in 2015!!”


Young Read Woudberg

GoldPlus Sponsor
Trust YRW for highly professional accountancy support – as well as for expertise in business development, new business establishment and information technology.

Young Read Woudberg says:

“YRW is committed to helping Tauranga businesses prosper so when staff and clients started discussing and sharing TED talks it was only logical for us to get behind TEDx Tauranga. We are looking forward to hearing from some interesting speakers at this year’s event.”

Kirk Roberts NZ

GoldPlus Sponsor
Kirk Roberts Consulting Engineers provides expertise across structural, civil, fire and geotechnical engineering. The company has offices in Auckland, Tauranga and Christchurch.

Damian McMillan, Director:
“TEDxTauranga and it’s volunteer team makes a positive contribution to Tauranga through bringing people together, stimulating thinking, and most importantly, providing a voice for new ideas. At Kirk Roberts Consulting Engineers, we welcome that level of challenge, and within our own sector, see innovation as a pathway for better, cost efficient and exciting buildings.”


GoldPlus Sponsor
Seeka has applied its orcharding, processing and logistics expertise to an expanding range of fresh produce including new gold kiwifruit varieties, kiwiberry, avocados and specialist organic produce. Whilst Seeka’s origins are in the Western Bay of Plenty, the company now operates across kiwifruit growing regions of the North Island, and sells growers produce into Australia and other international markets.

Seeka says:
“We look forward to the inspiration the TEDXTauranga event will provide our community.”



Gold Sponsor
Comvita (NZX:CVT) is a global natural health company committed to the development of innovative products, backed by ongoing investment in scientific research. We are the world leaders in Manuka (leptospermum) honey and fresh-picked Olive Leaf Extract, which are at the core of the Comvita product range.

Brett Hewlett, CEO says:
“We hold innovation and idea generation high at Comvita so we are proud to be again supporting this TEDxTaurang event. This is a fantastic local initiative, a full day of topics that will inspire, delight and no doubt surprise.”


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Gold Sponsor


GBS Services

Event Partner

Geoff and his team are scaffolding specialists that service the Tauranga area. They build scaffolding for residential properties and small commercial buildings to provide access for painters, roofers and other tradespeople, for maintenance and repair work. Safety and quality are top priority (they go hand-in-hand). This ensures everybody that utilities they scaffolding gets home safe to their families every night.

Website: GBSScaffolding.co.nz / Mobile: 021 237 2575 / Email: gbsservices@orcon.net.nz

Geoff says:

“A good friend of mine in the TEDxTauranga team (Rick Peers), told me about this project and I got caught up in his enthusiasm and passion. I’m excited to be able to help this worthy cause in this small way.”


Event Partner

House Couture

Event Partner


Event Partner

We are the passionate home of gourmet food, innovative recipes, cooking tips and meal ideas.
At House Couture we transform empty spaces into warm and inviting homes. We ‘fashion’ your interiors with the best of local and international furniture and accessories ensuring your property stands out from the rest.

We would also like to thank:

  • Budz Business Services: For organising 4000 business card sized flyers + magnets for our cars. Thanks Roberta Budvietas!
  • Sign Creations: For creating our wonderful signs displayed around town. Thanks Angela, Zita and team!
  • Commercial Signs, Signage & Design: For modifying our billboard skin and putting it up outside Nosh Food Market near the Bayfair overpass.  Thanks Lyndon!
  • Pixemate: For installing digital signage in the Tauranga City Library to play TED videos. Thanks Steven Vincent!

Partner with us

Sponsors of TEDxTauranga are innovative, leading organisations which are seen as forward-thinking organisations. If your organisation is dynamic with a community focus, we’d love to hear from you.

Please give Ciska Vogelzang, Head of TEDxTauranga Sponsorship Team a ring on 0274 208125 to discuss what sponsorship opportunities may be available to you.

Thank you.