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You’ve heard of TED™ Talks, right? We’re kinda the same. Kinda different. Like…

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6 speakers, taking 9 minutes each. Addressing a local, then global audience.

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But… it’s run by volunteers to raise money for nearby goodness. It’s fuelled by love & driven by passion.

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We’re organic. Small. Intimate.

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Speakers are un-coached, talk from the heart, come from experience.

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It’s a little less slick, a little more familiar, a lot more connected.

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4 locations. 4 topics. 4 events. Join us. WaiTalks 2015.

Get tickets for the next Waitalks | View previous events

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Land. The final chapter in WaiTalks 2015.


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Join us for the last installation of WaiTalks Beauty & Inspiration in 2015 – Land. Event 4. Taking place on 8 November. Our whenua is what gives us a sense of place. Come share in the exploration of Land through the minds of our speakers and listeners. Get Tickets. Afternoon tea in the garden. Great company. Incredible speakers. Only $25 a seat.


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Introducing our speakers for Land! Click a speakers image to read a short bio.


Emma Wright
Emma was born in Auckland. Her favorite human is Sai Maa. Her favorite poet is Rudyard Kipling. Her favorite spiritual leader is Eckart Tolle. She loves sunsets, all kinds of Read More
Peter Rees
Peter lived aboard their sail boat, Albacore, for three years with his wife Elaine, when he moved to New Zealand in 2007. In 2010 they moved to Waiheke Island where Read More
Beatle Treadwell
Beatle has lived in Waiheke for 14 years. She lives in Blackpool wither her family; partner Francesca and children Geordie, Isla and extra daughter Shai. Her parents, one of her Read More
Paul Bond
Paul Bond is the 7th child in a family passionate about music and song. He was born in Dublin, Ireland. He moved to New Zealand 24 years ago, he now  Read More
Randall Farrant
Randall Farrant and his family moved to Waiheke Island in 2008 after falling in love with the place whilst on a 3 day holiday.  Being born in the USA to Read More
Tanya Batt
Tanya Batt is a self confessed story-o-phile and frock-o-holic. Hailing from Waiheke Island, Aotearoa, New Zealand she is a South Pacific pirate princess, a black butterfly, a word warbler and Read More

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Laughter. Event 3. Was 28 August.


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Spread the Word about Light on May 30th


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“Wow. Waitalks hits Waiheke hearts with the power of a sacred comet exploding into compassion, love, understanding, forgiveness, laughter, delight, generosity and humility. The audience moved and inspired an amazing tribute to the people of this Island. Cant wait to see more”.

– Stephen Hollins

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“What an uplifting, inspiring community event with such diverse and thought provoking stories about love. The event had a wonderful feel good factor and after arriving in a tired state I left feeling totally energised. Go WaiTalks.”

– Chrisy Macleod, Macleod Agencies

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“I feel like I’ve been taken apart and put back together again”

– James Samuel 

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Light. Event 2. Was May 2015

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As predicted by Stuff.co.nz – “‘Light’ will be the focus of another mind-bending event that is taking the community by storm in a series of fundraisers for three projects.” From loosing a sister to suicide, to the biological and philosophical interconnectivity of light, Event 2 showed Waiheke how delicate, yet resilient life truly is.

Click on a speaker to view his or her bio and hear the talk.


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Emma Wright

Emma was born in Auckland. Her favorite human is Sai Maa. Her favorite poet is Rudyard Kipling. Her favorite spiritual leader is Eckart Tolle.

She loves sunsets, all kinds of books , coffee, movies, fashion, writing postcards, swimming with my children, and any opportunity to write, converse, create and grow.

Emma found out who she was at 37. It all started in front of a mirror uttering the words, Emma I forgive… and a bucket full of tears.

She is the author of one published book. She has sold over 500 paintings to clients all over the world and has been profiled in magazines and newspapers in four different countries. She has been self-employed for over ten years.

“Forgiveness is beautiful. For now, I reckon that’s all you need to know.”

Visit her website!

Peter Rees

Peter lived aboard their sail boat, Albacore, for three years with his wife Elaine, when he moved to New Zealand in 2007.

In 2010 they moved to Waiheke Island where they live with their daughter Eva.

Peter has worked as a professional artist and photographer based in the UK and he ran his own gallery and has taught fine arts and photography. HIs work has included drawing, printmaking, painting and photography.

Peter now concentrates on producing and exhibiting his own work

“The experience of sailing, tramping and being in the landscape is fundamental to the way I approach drawing, painting and photography. The dramatic contrasts in light and atmosphere created in mountain and coastal environments have drawn me to travelling and working in these areas”

Beatle Treadwell

Beatle has lived in Waiheke for 14 years. She lives in Blackpool wither her family; partner Francesca and children Geordie, Isla and extra daughter Shai. Her parents, one of her three brothers and two nieces also live in Waiheke.

She has been a midwife for 20 years, 12 of those spent as midwife in Waiheke. For the last 18 months she has worked with student midwifes in Labor and Birthing Suite as a clinical educator.

Beatle was elected Waiheke Local Board in October 2013. Outside of work and family, her love includes pets, her sailboat, and her

Paul Bond

Paul Bond is the 7th child in a family passionate about music and song. He was born in Dublin, Ireland. He moved to New Zealand 24 years ago, he now  lives on Waiheke with his Partner Premaloka and their 6 children.

Paul has been singing since childhood, both professionally and socially, while Paul performs various musical styles, his true passion is in the ballad tradition.

“The centre of a fulfilling life is a loving family and it all radiates out from there”.

Randall Farrant

Randall Farrant and his family moved to Waiheke Island in 2008 after falling in love with the place whilst on a 3 day holiday.  Being born in the USA to Australian parents, Randall grew up in many places and had a unique childhood that you would not necessarily call the norm.  With a Child Psychiatrist for a father and a psychotherapist for a mother, various Gurus and therapies were common members of his Whanau!  Randall began his vocational life as a teacher for 12 years and then switched gears becoming a chiropractor alongside his wife Sarah.  They gained their degrees from the home of Chiropractic – Palmer College in Davenport Iowa USA and have since been on a journey of discovery exploring the nuances of health, the principles of Vitalism, the power of the chiropractic adjustment and the roller coaster that is being a parent.  They have three children, Anam, Rui and Anais, all of whom were born at home, have never taken medications and are home schooled.  Randall and Sarah run Vital Wellbeing Family Chiropractic in Ostend.

Tanya Batt

Tanya Batt is a self confessed story-o-phile and frock-o-holic. Hailing from Waiheke Island, Aotearoa, New Zealand she is a South Pacific pirate princess, a black butterfly, a word warbler and story stitcher who channelled her childhood propensity for talking and her love of dressing up into a real ‘imaginary job’. Stoires have put food on her table and a roof over her head near a quarter of a centuary enabling her to share her work in over 20 countries. She is a published author and arts educator whose love for the natural world and curiosity for the mysteries of life feed her ever playful repertoire.

Visit her site!

Andy Spence

Andy is sponsored by

Andy’s men’s group call him a love muffin.   Andy understands that all beings want to be loved and therefore it’s easy to be loving to people knowing that everyone wants it.

Andy has been involved in a ‘spiritual’ way of living since his daughter was born in 1977.  He understands that all beings share awareness and this essential connection is the source of true loving.

Andy has taught mindfulness and meditation on the island and has practiced with many renowned teachers over the years.

He now runs his own company producing environmentally friendly weed control products after being a park ranger for 16 years at Whakanewha.

“On our little blue planet in an infinite universe, kindness and compassion are the only logical mind states to aspire to.”

Susi Newborn

Susi is sponsored by

Anoint WaiTalks Sponsor

Daughter of an Argentinean diplomat in London, Susi is one of the founders of Greenpeace.

She bought and named the trawler“Rainbow Warrior” and has campaigned for Friends of the Earth and Oxfam, more recently on climate change and inequality.  She is author of the book  “A bonfire in my mouth” and she is a documentary film-maker.  Her film Kit & Maynie: Tea, Scones and Nuclear Disarmament was nominated for Best Director and Best Documentary at the New Zealand International Documentary Film Festival. She is currently producing the documentary Eighth Colour, about the Inupiat elder William Willoya who co-authored Warriors of the Rainbow, a seminal book of prophecies which inspired her to name the old Scottish trawler the Rainbow Warrior.

As a young woman, Susi turned her back on a lucrative career in publishing to dedicate her life to environmental and human rights activism.  Her current motto is “Still Rainbow, more Warrior!”.

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Love. Event One. Was February 2015


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From the birth of the historical Greenpeace ship that was controversially sunk in the Auckland Harbor, to the lives that have found love in unexpected places through incredibly turbulent times, the speakers for this WaiTalks event look deeply into what it means to love.

Click on a speaker to view his or her bio and hear the talk.




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Nearby Goodness

For the next two years we will be giving to the Happie project – integrating yoga, opera and meditation for all children educated in NZ. The Waiheke Island Steiner School development group – creating a Steiner school for children 6+ on the island… and the wonderful Jassy Dean Trust- taking care of our sick kids.

Have a children’s project, group or an individual who needs a little goodness?
Email us and let’s start talking !



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So sometimes we talk about tricky subjects at Waitalks. If you feel you might need a little help processing what you’ve heard we have some practitioners who can support your mind body and soul on its journey. We all get triggered so these lovely people know what to do…


Helen Elscot. Herbal Health. www.herbalhealthwaiheke.co.nz. herbalhealthwaiheke@gmail.com09 372 2844. 021 54419.

Premaloka Treacy-Bond. Premaloka Yoga.  www.yogaonwaiheke.co.nz. premalokayoga@xtra.co.nz. 0272406245

Tania Aroha-Twentyman. Homeopath. www.holistichomeopathy.co.nz. bestill@slingshot.co.nz.  0276889204.

Randall & Sarah Farrant. Chiropractors. www.vitalwellbeing.com. vitalwellbeing@xtra.co.nz. 09 3725858.

Debra Wallace. Marriage and Family Therapist.  www.PositiveReframe.org.  Debra@positivereframe.org. 09 9507514.

Norma Hernandez. The Work of Byron Katie Facilitator. normaahp@gmail.com. 0221862321.


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Future Speakers.

Show the love! Nominate a Waihekian that you believe has an inspirational and beautiful story to share. They will have to answer either what Laughter (Event 3) or Land (Event 4) means to them. Enter their name below, and your email address so we can contact you to learn why you think your submission should speak at WaiTalks.

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Sponsor a speaker

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Sponsor our nearby goodness network

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Be a Sponsor. Make a difference.

Show the love! Email us to day and see if yellow, green or blue are the colours for you! Without sponsorship our conversations will fade. Give a little and keep us talking.

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Blue Sponsors – funding WaiTalks events

  • Peter Rees Photography WaiTalks Sponsor
  • WR_CMYK_hi_quality
  • Mark Swann DJ WaiTalks Sponsor
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Silent Auction Sponsors

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Event 1. Love

Stay Waiheke
Tanya Batt
Mark & Rowan Somerset
Emma Wright
Michelle Hepburn
Oyster Inn
Frenchot
DJ Mark Swann
Waiheke Soap Company.
Pete Rees Photography

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Event 2. Light

Alice Doig Photography
Amy Crawford – Beauty Spot Waiheke
Anna Reid – Annabella Beauty
Avoca
Charlotte Edwardes – Island Beauty
Debra Wallace
Emma Hughes Photography
Erica Wells – Anoint
Gina – Waiheke Candle Company
Helen Elscot – Herbal Health Waiheke
Ingrid Berzins – Artist
Jules Ardern – Hair on Waiheke
Lisa Garrity – Digital Marketing and Social Media Consultant
Liz Blosch – Island Hampers
Louise Mills – Yoga with Lou
Lyndal Jefferies – rEvolution
Michelle Barber – Waiheke Island Garden Safari
Neal Goshal Yoga
Oyster Inn
Peter Rees Photography
Premaloka Yoga
Steph McKee – Fit Waiheke

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Event 3. Laughter

Event on 28 August. Join in our Nearby Goodness. Become a sponsor.

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