TEDx Queenstown speakers announced


Iconic Kiwi artist Dick Frizzell leads a diverse line-up of speakers for next year’s TEDx Queenstown.

An off-shoot of the Californian idea-spreading talks series, the Queenstown event will focus on ‘a sense of place’.

Frizzell, nutritional biochemist Dr Libby Weaver and internet expert Vikram Kumar will explore ideas about ‘who we are, where live and what’s important to us’.

The event’s at Queenstown Memorial Centre on February 22.

Co-curator Trent Yeo says: “Sense of place is about how we choose to define ourselves.

“These speakers will bring us on a journey to explore different aspects of that.”

Yeo says Frizzell represents culture and identity as the creator of numerous Kiwiana icons.

Frizzell brought the Four Square Man to fame and his work is widely recognized as symbols of NZ culture.

Weaver is an authority on health and wellbeing, one of Australasia’s leading nutritional biochemists and holistic health experts.

Weaver’s health books include Rushing Woman’s Syndrome, Real Food Chef, and Beauty from the Inside Out.

Meanwhile, Kumar promises ‘fascinating insights on place in the digital world’.

Chief executive of MEGA.co.nz, Kumar’s is a former Telecom strategist and holds strong views on the internet’s economic, social and cultural opportunities and challenges.

Ziptrek boss Yeo says Queenstown is the perfect setting to explore ‘sense of place’.

“Queenstown is an extraordinary place which has drawn people from all over the world to live and call home.

“It is hence a very fitting stage to explore how we define the meaning of sense of place individually and collectively.”

TED is non-profit organisation devoted to ‘ideas worth spreading’, which began as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago.

TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience.

Ticket sales and additional speakers will be announced in January.