Speakers TEDxHastingsSt 2019

Our speakers for 2019 come from a range of backgrounds. They will share their ideas about questioning assumptions 10 August, 2019.

Darth Cornelius

Darth Cornelius is a Writer, youtuber and community worker who specializes in indigenous culture, human ecology and socioeconomics. While working with Whaia Te Tika, he used ancestral stories and the knowledge of traditional incantations, to empower young men to take leadership of their own lives. His talk will help us question the assumptions we often make about the power of an individual to affect change at a global scale.


Chris Heath

Chris Heath is a technical writer and illustrator based in Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand. Chris brings clarity to a business’s documentation, making it easier to read – saving their readers’ time.His talk will focus on harmony in design: using geometry to reveal intangible relationships between what we design and the natural world around us. With this perspective, we can question our assumptions about the simplicity of the world around us.


Lani Morris

Lani Morris, grew up in Napier, New Zealand, and then explored the world. Lani has over thirty years experience  as an independent organisational behaviour practitioner. She is wise and passionate about practical ways to increase human empowerment and happiness. The key focus of her work is to help people reclaim power over themselves, their lives and their work. Her talk will help us question our assumptions about the why we do what we do.


Linda Trubridge
Linda Trubridge

Linda’s story is one of the adventures and deep insights she has discovered while living a nomadic lifestyle. This talk will weave together past and present assumptions concerning universal issues of relationships, parenting and learning methods; meaningful ways of embracing the complexities of our twenty-first century. While Linda has explored a life in harmony with nature, the challenges of deep water sailing, and fulfilment of teaching her children to read, she is a dreamer, who fluently expresses herself through words, images and yoga practices. Her talk will help us question our assumptions about our plans for our individual lives.


Russell Booth

Russell is skilled at finding someone’s underlying purpose in life and helping them reflect and answer the question we all have “What’s my why?” He helps clients get the best possible outcomes to make the connections and make sense of their thoughts so they can transform their lives!  Russell has over 25 years experience in career development. His talk will help us question the assumptions we have about the adolescent mind.


Narelle Huata
Narelle Huata

Narelle Huata Ko Kahurangi te maunga; Ko Tukituki rāua Ngaruroro ngā awa; Ko Ngāti Kahungunu raua ko Ngai Tahu nga iwi; Ko Ngāti Mihiroa, Ngāti Hōri, Ngati Hāwea ngā hapū; Ko Mihiroa rāua ko Waipatu ngā marae; Ko Takitimu te waka

Narelle is the CEO at Te Wananga Whare Tapere O Takitimu & The Kahurangi New Zealand Maori Dance Theatre. Using the educational philosophy “from the womb to the tomb”, Narelle will help us question the assumptions we often make about continuing education.


Kahurangi will once again perform a haka powhiri to welcome the event. The Kahurangi Māori Dance Theatre was at the forefront of the renaissance of Māori Performing Arts. Formed in the early 1980’s by Tama Huata and a team who shared his vision to present Māori performing arts in a dynamic and contemporary manner, their touring teams have travelled the world promoting cultural understanding, and inviting audiences to participate in their programmes. Kahurangi is based in Hastings, New Zealand in the territory of the Ngāti Kahungunu tribe on the East Coast of the North Island. Their touring programmes annually incorporate USA, Canada, Asia, India, Australia and New Zealand.