This year, we addressed assumptions. One definition for assumption: a thing that is accepted as true or as certain to happen, without proof. We all have assumptions about the world and about ourselves. They help us make sense of the world, and they help us make decisions and drive our culture.

Assumptions help us stay safe and avoid risk, but they can also cause us to lose out on opportunities. We cannot think outside the box and affect positive change without questioning the assumptions we make. That means we cannot improve our world or ourselves until we question our assumptions. The reason is simple, an assumption that appears true and positive for one person may appear false and negative for another.

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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.

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About TEDx

What is TED & TEDx?

TED is an annual event that brings together the world’s leading thinkers and doers to share ideas that matter in any discipline – technology, entertainment, design, science,  business, development, etc. The talks at the conference, called TED Talks, are then made available to watch for free on the TED website,

In the spirit of “ideas worth spreading” TED has created TEDx, a program of local, self-organised events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience for local communities. At a TEDx event, live speakers spark deep discussion and connections within the local community.

For more information, please take a look at

TEDxHastingsSt 2018

On  7 July 2018, 125 people gathered at MTG Hawkes Bay to listen to 8 Speakers talk on Culture:-organizational culture, personal culture, national culture, Maori culture.

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What attendees have said

I loved it! Well run, great speakers and right here in Hawke’s Bay. Felt inspired and fulfilled when I left. I especially liked how the speakers hung around in the foyer so we got to mingle and talk to them casually 🙂

― Fulfilled Attendee, TEDxHastingsSt July 2018

The chance to meet and hear challenging presentations by excellent speakers and then to discuss and meet with local people who are concerned is a movement which meets the needs of our time.

― Timely Attendee, TEDxHastingsStSalon Nov 2018

Inspirational speakers Good location Great food selection Appreciated and valued the Powhiri process

― Listed Attendee, TEDxHastingsSt 2018

Challenging, intriguing, stimulating, emotional, fascinating, informative, vivid

― Descriptive Attendee, TEDxHastingsSt July 2018

Well organised. Good variety of speakers.

― Organized Attendee, TEDxHastingsSt July 2018

It was so inspiring! And since it is quite a small venue it was very a personal, relaxed atmosphere. Lots of questions going back and forth between speakers and audience. Big plus: speakers based or grown up in Hawke’s Bay.

― Inspired Attendee, TEDxHastingsSt July 2018

It was an amazing experience, and one that people should not miss out on.

― Amazing Attendee, TEDxHastingsSt July 2018

We enjoyed the day very much. Met some very interesting people and heard from some most interesting speakers.

― Interesting Attendee, TEDxHastingsSt July 2018

Great selection of speakers and a current topic of “culture” was perfect.

― Selected Attendee, TEDxHastingsSt July 2018

It was a well organised event with a wide range of speakers dealing with relevant topics and good business ideals.

― Professional Attendee, TEDxHastingsSt July 2018
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