Key Points

  • Second wave of speakers announced for TEDxChristchurch 2015: ‘Think Again’
  • Strong youth representation on stage
  • Youth and Stall memberships sold out; remaining memberships selling fast
  • TEDxChristchurch Village to include display vehicles from EVolocity, TEDx Bookstore from Scorpio Books, tech demos from HIT Lab, and more

Christchurch, New Zealand – She is best known for her music, with Platinum-selling hits such as “Like Water.” But at TEDxChristchurch, Ladi6 won’t just be singing; she’ll be joining producer and director Julian Arahanga to share the story of the acclaimed TV show Songs from the Inside.

Ladi6 and Julian are just two of the more than 20 extraordinary individuals set to take the stage at TEDxChristchurch on Saturday, 3 October. Already announced are 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.

Over 1,000 eager thinkers have already snapped up memberships to the one-day event. While Youth and Stall memberships are sold out, there are some Dress and Grand memberships remaining. Donor memberships are also available, offering the exclusive opportunity to meet the speakers before the event.

Today’s speaker announcement includes a number of additional luminaries. Dr Swee Tan has been called a “modern miracle worker” for his revolutionary treatment of strawberry birthmarks, with significant implications for cancer research. Frances Valintine is the founder of The Mind Lab, which is transforming the way teachers approach education in the digital age. 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 will be 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, will be joined by her mother Robyn Twemlow to talk about the disability.

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

Thanks to partners like Meridian Energy, Davis Ogilvie, Christchurch City Council, and the US Embassy, the TEDxChristchurch Village will be a feast for the senses, featuring display vehicles from EVolocity, the TEDx Bookstore from Scorpio Books, tech demos from HIT Lab, and more. The TEDxChristchurch commitment to local, sustainable, organic and delicious food is also as strong as ever; lunch includes offerings from renowned chefs Richard Till, Jonny Schwass, and Alesha Jean Bilbrough-Collins. The catering, as well as free barista coffee from Hummingbird and Coffee Worx, the event afterparty and the world-famous-in-Christchurch goody bag, are included in every event membership, which are available at and through 


The following speakers are mentioned above:

Ladi6 and Julian Arahanga
Born and raised in Raetihi at the base of his ancestral mountain Ruapehu, Julian Arahanga has been involved with film from an early age, working as a grip, camera assistant and lighting technician, and landing roles in Once Were Warriors and The Matrix. His production company, Awa Films, has produced docu-drama and TV series for Māori Television and created the highly acclaimed reality show Songs from the Inside.

Ladi6 is an award-winning and critically acclaimed musician. In 2011, she won two NZ Music Awards (Best Urban Album and Best Female Artist) and two Pacific Music Awards (Best Pacific Urban Album and Best Female Artist). Her sophomore album, ‘The Liberation Of…’, was certified Gold in New Zealand and won the prestigious Taite Music Prize; its Platinum-selling, Top 10 single ‘Like Water’ was voted by MTV Iggy as the Best Love Song of 2012.

Dr Swee Tan
Dr Tan is the founder and executive director of the Gillies McIndoe Research Institute, and a consultant plastic & cranio-maxillofacial surgeon at Hutt Hospital in Wellington. Originally from Malaysia, he has studied at Melbourne University, Oxford, Boston’s Children’s Hospital, and Harvard Medical School. He is an elected member of 13 national and international professional and scientific societies, the author of over 120 publications in peer-reviewed journals, and the recipient of 24 science prizes and 20 honours and awards.

Frances Valintine
Frances Valintine is an education leader with a focus on creativity, innovation and the alignment between education and industry. She is the founder and Chairperson of The Mind Lab by Unitec, and in 2014 won the best social enterprise award in the Asia Pacific judged by Sir Richard Branson and Steve Wozniak. She also sits on the Education New Zealand and NZ Tech boards and leads the New Zealand ‘Women in Technology’ initiatives.

Carolina Izzo
Carolina Izzo is a Wellington-based conservator originally from Italy; her first projects after receiving her diploma in 1981 were in the earthquake-ravaged area of South Italy. In New Zealand, after six years at Te Papa Tongarewa, she spent three years leading a team of conservators in the conservation and restoration of the heritage items at the Isaac Theatre Royal in post-earthquake Christchurch.

Professor Max Suckling
Professor Max Suckling of the University of Auckland leads a CRI-based biosecurity research group, studying a very wide range of pest and beneficial insects, with a strong chemical ecology focus. They use electrophysiology and behavioural tools to resolve questions about the chemistry of natural signalling products, including insect attractants. The group have been recognised with a range of awards, including New Zealand Innovators (2013) for work on commercialising moth sex pheromones.

Craig Jarvis
Craig Jarvis is an architectural designer with a passion for simplicity and sustainability. He worked in London on heritage-listed buildings in his early career, and spent 13 years in Melbourne running his own commercial building, project management, and architectural design firm. In 2004, Craig moved to Christchurch and bought a piece of bare land by the beach. He has spent the past five years in a 13sqm off-grid tiny house with his two young children.

Finnian Galbraith
15-year-old Finnian Galbraith shot to fame in July when he posted a YouTube video of a speech he prepared for school. Within days, the video had been viewed hundreds of thousands of times, and reported on by outlets as far-flung as The Guardian and the BBC. He lives in Paekakariki, Kapiti, where he is a Year 11 student at Kapiti College.

Robyn and Analise Twemlow
When Analise Twemlow was diagnosed with Tourette’s Syndrome in 2013, her mother Robyn sprang into action, forming the Tourette’s Association New Zealand – of which she is now executive director – and Camp Twitch, a national gathering for Kiwis with Tourette’s. 11-year-old Analise is also a powerful advocate for the rights of people with Tourette’s, speaking at a Grand Round Lecture at Christchurch Public Hospital and appearing on multiple TV programmes.

The Sintes Brothers
What do you think of when you think about tap dancing? These two proudly Kiwi brothers want you to think again! Raised in North Canterbury, Daniel and Matthew Sintes have tap-stepped their way across the globe with a strong focus on bringing this historical art form back to the forefront of entertainment, with their unique style, innovative choreography and modern concepts.

Te Pao a Tahu
Formed in 2013, Te Pao a Tahu is a Christchurch-based kapa haka group, created out of a desire to retain Ngāi Tahu te reo (language), tikanga (practices), and kawa (customs), and to bring together descendants of Tahu Pōtiki. Although the group is pan-tribal, the majority of members have affiliations to Ngāi Tahu. After debuting at the Waitaha Senior Kapa Haka Regionals, Te Pao a Tahu qualified for the national competitions, Te Matatini, in 2015.