TEDxChristchurch 2015: Think Again was a stunning, one-day event like no other in Christchurch! At TEDxChristchurch, curious, open, passionate people came together to be intrigued, inspired, provoked and uplifted. Set against the stunning backdrop of the Isaac Theatre Royal, Saturday 3 October was a feast for the mind and the heart.

This year's event featured the former deputy domestic policy adviser to President Clinton, Eric Liu. A co-founder of Tesla Motors, Ian Wright. Journalist Rod Oram, musician Jason Kerrison, comedian Michele A’Court, and right-to-die advocate Matt Vickers. These are just some of the immensely talented speakers and perfomers that graced the stage as part of a wildly eclectic line-up at TEDxChristchurch 2015: Think Again.

Meanwhile, she is best known for her music, with Platinum-selling hits such as “Like Water.” But at TEDxChristchurch, Ladi6 wasn't just singing; she was joined by producer and director Julian Arahanga to share the story of the acclaimed TV show Songs from the Inside.

Dr Swee Tan has been called a “modern miracle worker” for his revolutionary treatment of strawberry birthmarks, with significant implications for cancer research. Carolina Izzo is a conservator who has been entrusted with the care and restoration of some of the world’s most precious artifacts – including our very own Isaac Theatre Royal. Professor Max Suckling is an expert on insect ecology. And Craig Jarvis is an architectural designer pushing the boundaries of sustainable living.

There was s strong youth representation on stage as well. 15-year-old Finnian Galbraith shot to fame in July when a video he posted about the pronunciation of Māori words went viral. And 11-year-old Analise Twemlow, who suffers from Tourette’s Syndrome, was joined by her mother Robyn Twemlow to talk about the disability.

North Canterbury duo The Sintes Brothers made you think again about tap dancing, and the whole show was opened by a pan-tribal kapa haka group Te Pao a Tahu.

In our sixth year, we moved back to the Central City. TEDx Village took up The Press carpark and extend down Gloucester Street, with main stage content in the Isaac Theatre Royal.

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TEDxChristchurch is an independent event operated under license from TED. The first Christchurch TEDx event was TEDxChCh in October 2010. In May 2011 the team held the first TEDxEQChCh, focused on the future of post-quake Christchurch; 2012 saw TEDxEQChCh again focused on our post-quake context. In 2013, we returned to our roots with TEDxChristchurch.

TEDxChristchurch brings together leading local, national and global thinkers and doers for a day like no other:

  • To encourage wonder and exploration
  • To connect possibility with practicality
  • To serve as a bridge between Christchurch and the world
  • To provoke, remind, delight, uplift, inform, and inspire.

TEDxChristchurch and all TEDx events are entirely non-profit.


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 TEDxChristchurch, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxChristchurch 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.


TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California in 1984, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani,Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The annual TED Conference takes place in Long Beach, California, with simulcast in Palm Springs; TEDGlobal is held each year in Oxford, UK. TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TEDTalks are posted daily, and the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action; TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to host local, self-organized events around the world, and the TEDFellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.