What is a Salon Event?

Salon events are events that keeps a TEDx community engaged between regular TEDx events. It’s a unique kind of gathering that TEDx organisers hold which allows the conversation to continue, in person.


Led by facilitators from our organising team, the TEDxAucklandSalons are based on pre-recorded TED Talks and a live speaker or two to explore a specific theme for discussion. After the talks, you are invited to share in a lively discussion.



Exit through the backyard: Local Systems Redesigned

Join the innovators of Te Henga | Bethells Beach as we go on a journey to redesign and model more sustainable systems for local communities. From food, to community and personal action to global implications that affect us all. We hope ideas sparked at this TEDxSalon will form the basis of community-driven action plans.

The event will focus on working towards creating resilient systems with each other and the Waitakere Ranges Heritage area.

FOOD & DRINK are provided thanks to our lovely hosts! We are putting a bus on from the city. Pick up location is City Works Depot (by the Food Truck Garage), Corner of Wellesley & Nelson St, CBD this Saturday 19th at 4:00pm (Be there at 3:50pm, so we can leave by 4!).

Tickets are $40 for own transport and only $10 more if you are coming in the bus with us from town! It’s going to be a great evening out West! Facebook event link.

BUY TICKETS HERE, only 100 places available so get in quick to secure your spot.

We’re excited to announce our drink and food Partners for TEDxAucklandSalon 2.0 event this Saturday, 19th of September at Te Henga Studios, Bethells Beach.

Hallertau – Try one of Auckland’s locally brewed craft beers. Situated in Riverhead, at the head of the Waitemata Harbour. Hallertau have specialised in their own distinctive beers by taking inspiration from international styles and flavours. We are looking forward to this unique style of beer with a good twist of Kiwi ingenuity.

Lothlorien Winery – Who doesn’t like Feijoa? If it’s in form of wine, even better. Lothlorien is a fully certified organic New Zealand farm based in the North of Auckland. Lothlorien Winery was born in 1993, making award-wining feijoa sparkling wine which will be provided on Saturday.

Pioneer Pies – Where to get a good pie? The question has been answered. Pioneer Pie Co. is a family business, based in Albany Auckland, dedicated to the art of producing highest quality pies. Their award-wining pies are individually hand-crafted using traditional methods and organic ingredients.

Invivo Wines – Invivo is made by two guys who liked New Zealand wine so much they started a company to make some.

Earthbound Honey with local Sourdough Breads, Cheeses and lots of dips!

Andrea Gaia & Friends, cloud9 and 309Zmedia are doing VJ projections and lighting for the evening at the beautiful Te Henga Studios. Artist Peter Brierley-Millman is planning something special to showcase on the night! Music on the night by Jafa Mafia (The Baddest DJ’s bringing Reggae to the world). All of which is going to make for a magical evening!




Brendan has been committed to organic systems approaches to sustainability for 28 years, working across traditional disciplines with commercial organisations, governments, NGO’s as well as tribal groups throughout New Zealand and the Asia Pacific. His practice integrates landscape ecology, redesign and implementation of productive landscapes and the mobilising of communities and organisations.

His company Buy Pure New Zealand is committed to activating a thriving trade community of organic, natural and fair trade brands in Asia Pacific, as well as agriculture reform for the benefit of all New Zealanders. His family run Organic farm, designed on polyculture systems is where they demonstrate and share their passion to develop regional food culture and economic strategies through daily practice and programmes to the community.


Sarah is co-founder of The Vault Retail Concept – one of the first stores in the world to exhibit New Zealand works alongside international design products. Since 1991, The Vault has been showcasing the best of New Zealand’s creative community and supporting local artisans and artists. Their boutique retail outlets have contributed to the phenomenal growth in the quantity and quality of what New Zealand designers and craftspeople are producing.

Sarah feels business people need to help lead the drive for a pollution-free, sustainable world, and ensures the Vault operates as an environmentally conscious and active organisation, insisting on Fair Trade conditions for imported products, selecting products with good eco-credentials (eco-friendly jewellery, recycled / up-cycled or made from the earth), with 75% NZ made, so low carbon miles. They use biodegradable, sustainably grown packaging whenever possible.

Sarah is also very active in her local community, helping to create the Te Henga Bethells Community Hub, the Sustainability Group at the local Primary School and as a busy mother of three, she is now devoting more time to community action on clean energy and reducing unsustainable activity. Sarah is a great example as an ethical entrepreneur, applying the design philosophy that built a successful business which supports a thriving creative industry, to developing innovative community and campaigning strategies in support of a sustainable future.

Pete-for-webPETE RUSSELL

Pete is a local food advocate, social entrepreneur and founder of Ooooby. After seeing first hand the destructive nature of globalised food and the accelerating demand for local alternatives during his time at a multi-million dollar food business, Pete became committed to working in the local food space. Driven by a passion for developing smart systems for food sales and logistics, Out of our own backyards (Ooooby) is the result of his work – a local food operation delivering to hundreds of Auckland doorsteps each week.