#161 TEDx Nation Branding via Biology

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From Brian Sweeney, producer NZEDGE.COM | 30 August 2013 | #161 | New York

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TEDxAuckland 2013

TEDxAuckland on August 3 was an inspirational event featuring 17 diverse speakers and an audience of 2,500 in the Aotea Center. Videos for the event are being posted on YouTube, here are the first eight. I was invited to speak and presented the NZEDGE story. Please enjoy and share. Congratulations to producers Elliott Blade and Vaughan Davis and team for an outstanding event. See other videos:

Mayor of Otorohanga and motorcycle enthusiast, Dale Williams

Iconic New Zealand furniture and lighting designer, David Trubridge

Former New Zealand Prime Minister and Administrator of the UNDP, Helen Clark

Founder of depression charity Live More Awesome and author of A Bit Mental, Jimi Hunt

Freelance filmmaker and creator of 3D time-lapses of New Zealand landscapes, Joseph Michael

Sustainability specialist, co-founder of ecostore and ‘ecoman’, Malcolm Rands

Chef and award-winning author of Me’a Kai: The Food and Flavours of the South Pacific, Robert Oliver

Professor in Design at AUT and outspoken critic of dehumanised systems of education, Welby Ings

Business / Innovation / Science / Politics & Economics / Society /

Sport / Adrenaline / Taste / Design / Travel / Nature / Film / Arts / Media



New Zealand makes history as first same-sex marriages occur across the country – BBC

New Zealand Government narrowly passes controversial spy bill; 59-61 – Guardian

New Zealand great place for retirees; landscapes, activities, food & wine all drawcards – Market Watch


New Zealand full of ingenuity, not so many cows; Forbes reports Kiwi entrepreneurialism alive and well

Reserve Bank introduces “macro-prudential” tools for banking system; can Australia? – Guardian

Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team uses webcast to call on British construction help – Telegraph

Jeremy Moon, co-founder Icebreaker, reflects on company’s roundabout road to Portland – Oregon Live

McLaren celebrates 50 years with limited run of retro-chic merchandise – New York Daily News

Martin Aircraft given go-ahead to test jetpack manned-flights in New Zealand – ABC News

Graham Ritchie, 48, new strategy chief for Boston-based ad agency Hill Holliday – Adweek

Mark Wilson, CEO Aviva, chasing growth and turning insurer into a profit-maker – Telegraph

Plant and Food Research find most convincing evidence yet of genetic basis to smell – New Scientist

Audette Exel, 50, banker, saves 20,000 from Nepal to Bangladesh with Isis AP profits – Bloomberg


Lydia Ko, amateur golfer, wins Canadian Women’s Open, makes LPGA history Winnipeg Free Press

All Blacks beat Wallabies
27-16 in front of full house in Wellington, retain Bledisloe Cup – Guardian

Emirates Team NZ win Louis Vuitton cup, moving onto America’s Cup in September America’s Cup

Phil Keoghan retraces 1928 Tour de France in homage to Kiwi legend Harry Watson – Franche Compte

Dean Barker, “unflappable” Team NZ skipper, 41, earning fans at the America’s Cup – SF Chronicle

Brendon Hartley, Formula 1 test driver, 23, wins US Grand-Am race; “the kid can drive” – Racin’ Today

All Blacks crush Wallabies in opening Rugby Champ Test, Sydney, 47-29 – Telegraph

Russell Coutts, CEO Oracle Racing, reinventing sailing for an X Games generation – Los Angeles Times
Scott Dixon, 33, most wins in 17-year history of IndyCar; confident ahead of Baltimore – Baltimore Sun

Callum Millward, triathlete, in preparation for Ironman World Champs, Las Vegas – Slowtwitch


Karen Walker casts preschoolers as stars of eyewear campaign; bring “playful optimism”– Style

James Evill, student, designs cast prototype; hopes to do away with bulky, itchy, smelly variety – Dezeen

Peter Gordon’s fusion recipes still resonate; latest Sugar Club incarnation opens, Sky Tower – Irish Times


Auckland’s Sky Tower named one of top ten towers in Asia Pacific by TripAdvisor – Telegraph India

Auckland Airport sends visitors off with fond farewell; engages travellers with Kiwi projections – Jaunted

White Island, Bay of Plenty volcano, erupts; plume of steam rises 2km high – ABC News

Kokako population boosted by sleight of hand, egg swap increases genetic diversity – Scientific American

Waipoua kauri bewitch; “if this is the only thing I see in NZ, the trip will have been worth it” – National Post


Lorde, 16, has mainstream potential, why you should care who this Auckland teenager is – Vulture

Bret McKenzie, 37, plans to pen fairytale comedy musical based on cult film Labyrinth – Daily Mail

Scott Walker’s impressive debut The Frozen Ground “highly watchable” – Film Journal International

Eleanor Catton’s The Luminaries “extraordinary”; establishing own literary traditions – The Scotsman

Fat Freddy’s Drop “spreading their infectious grooves all over the world” – Sydney Morning Herald

Kiri Te Kanawa star-struck on set of Downton Abbey in role as Dame Nellie Melba – Huffington Post

The Almighty Johnsons first wholly-made NZ drama to screen in US; Syfy buys for ‘14 – Variety

New Zealand landscapes play active role in some of country’s best films and television series’ – BBC

Lorde, singer, 16, becomes the first woman to top the Billboard Alt Chart in 17 years – Billboard

Katherine Wiles, soprano, Donna Alvira “sola, sola” in outback Don Giovani tour – The Australian

Rhys Mathewson, comedian, 22, making Edinburgh Fringe debut; not expecting an audience – The List

Clinton Bopp, artist, works on reproducing iconic Venice Beach Doors mural – Los Angeles Times

Lorde,16, “hypnotises” NY fans with “confidence and demeanour well beyond her years” – Billboard

Eleanor Catton, Booker nominee, absolutely arrested by Frame’s Faces in the Water opener – Guardian

Mike Hewson, artist, “XXXXX XX up” with 2000sqm sign on the front of Sydney’s MCA – Brisbane Times

Jackie Bristow, singer-songwriter, packs up her guitar for shows in New Orleans – BayouBuzz

Zoe Bell’s Raze screens at famed Fantasia International Film Festival, Montreal – Montreal Gazette


NZ Post issuing Prince George stamp; first to celebrate a Royal birth – International Business Times

Tauranga cat saved by dog; vet transfuses canine blood in gamble to save feline’s life – Telegraph

Andrew Wood, 26, “stalwart” of Arundel’s annual festival; “invaluable volunteer” – Little Hampton Gazette

Frank Harlow, 100, joins fellow NZ WW2 vets at Australian reunion, Sydney – Sydney Morning Herald

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