Taking the leap on the Pipitea campus

Over 400 Wellingtonians headed to Te Herenga Waka’s Pipitea campus to take part in the TEDx experience in the capital city—the first time this event took place in five years.

A TEDx volunteer holds out a branded lanyard towards the camera, showing the logo
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Alex Matthews, TEDxWellington licensee holder, says his leadership team are extremely proud of what they achieved and the feedback about the full-day experience has been overwhelmingly positive.

“We're very happy with the result, appreciative towards all our amazing stakeholders—like Victoria University of Wellington—who made it possible, and breathing a big sigh of relief that all our hard work paid off.

“More than just doing an event, we rebooted a whole community, created a new and robust volunteer capability, and contributed to the revitalisation of the Wellington events scene.”

Some of those volunteers came from the Wellington School of Business and Government’s MGMT303 Event Management course, as a result of course coordinator Professor Karen Smith’s partnership with the TEDxWellington team.

Her students were given the opportunity to volunteer at the event, with Professor Smith walking the walk volunteering alongside them.

“Students got hands-on experiences and behind-the-scenes insights into what goes into running an event—it was great to be part of the TEDx Wellington team, and have a bit of fun.”

The University was well represented on the day with a 360° camera experience where, with support from two student ambassadors, guests could capture a video showing they take the leap, and with a presence from our Future Students team who showcased our course offerings and answered questions about studying at Te Herenga Waka.

The University gave away five VIP double passes to TEDxWellington. Congratulations to staff members Hai-Yuean, Moss Noanoa, students Danah Bernadeth Mahusay and Tyler Duckworth, and alumna Ashleigh Ropiha.

Now the TEDxWellington team are moving on to complete all the post-event work (referred to by Alex as “the TED-ache”) and get all the videos online of the talks given on the day.

A number of our alumni featured as speakers—you can read the full line-up on the TEDxWellington website—and we’ll share these on university channels as they become available.