Joe Harawira

Joe Harawira (Ngāti Awa, Ngāi Te Rangi) On how constraints can liberate our imagination Joe is a Co-Founder and the Managing Director at Wai Mānuka – New Zealand’s premium, non-alcoholic beverage that infuses mānuka honey with lemon juice and sparkling water. Wai Mānuka was born from a New Year’s Eve idea between lifelong friends, was … Read more

AJ Crawshaw

AJ Crawshaw On turning shared information into music AJ has been working as a full time musician and music educator since 2008. In that time he has held roles right across the industry, including:– A private music tutor and itinerant teacher– A performer– A recording engineer – A promoter– A sound engineer– A producer– And … Read more

Tainui Stephens

Tainui Stephens on perceptions of truth, and how science and art are the foundations of new truths to ensure our survival “Nā Tainui Stephens (Te Rarawa). Our world is comprised of only two elements: things and facts. That’s an apple. The apple is green. Truth is a perspective in accord with those elements. We believe … Read more

The Hazel Brothers

The Hazel Brothers On how small deeds are complete rubbish He uri ratou no ngati Raukawa me ngati Porou ko Raukawa raua ko porouariki nga tupuna anei nga Waste Warriors ko Anthony ratou ko Caleb ko Brendon tenei. Anthony, Caleb, and Brendon Hazel are three young lads from Levin, known as “The Waste Warriors”. Spending … Read more

Nadine Anne Hura

Nadine Anne Hura On the dual crises of climate and mental health Nadine (Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Hine) is a poet, essayist, zine maker and activist-by-stealth. Her writing seeks to harness the power of indigenous storytelling to inspire collective action. Nadine is a regular contributor to The Spinoff, with longform essays appearing in e-Tangata, Pantograph Punch, Newsroom … Read more

Jared Tuoro

Jared Hu Tuoro (Te Whakatōhea, Te Arawa, Ngāpuhi) On why we need death in order to have a life Jared is a former professional rugby player whose life was turned upside down when he suffered a career-ending injury at the age of 22. His whole life had been dedicated to rugby, then in a blink … Read more

Amy Skipper

Amy Skipper on why children should speak when spoken to At 17, Amy is an inspired young woman and has begun to create her version of activism and social action which is so important to her. Throughout her teenage years Amy felt alone as she battled with her mental health. After struggling with anxiety and … Read more

Jack Penman

Jack Penman on realising it’s the different people who will make a difference in the world and how we can support them Jack is the inventor and mastermind behind JackBord – a fun and robust tool that encourages students from all different backgrounds and minorities to engage more with technology and science. He has learnt … Read more

Sharlene Maoate-Davis

Sharlene Maoate-Davis (Taranaki, Te Ātiawa, Ngāti Wehiwehi, Ngāti Huia, Ngāti Toa Rangatira, Kai Tahu) On why we all have some sacred healing work to do, and how we can do it Sharlene has a background as a national speaker, trainer and facilitator of whānau/ family development and wellbeing. Mum to Ria and wife of Kake, … Read more

Phil Sue

TEDx Kapiti speaker Philip Sue

Philip Sue Learning can be Anyone’s Super Power Philip is a Chinese illustrator and artist born and raised in Levin. He describes his work as the depiction of experiences, imagination and emotions through visual storytelling. After graduating with a visual imaging degree from UCOL, Phillip was employed as a graphic designer at Horowhenua District Council … Read more