Speakers to give perspective on life in resort

Three speakers with Queenstown connections will join the programme for TEDxQueenstown: Sense of Place, being held in the resort next month.

Broadcaster Andrew Patterson, musician Mathias Lefebvre, known as ''Mathias Piano Man'', and University of Canterbury senior research fellow John Reid have been announced as the latest speakers to put their perspectives on sense of place.

Mr Patterson, a RadioLive correspondent, lived in the resort during the 1990s and believes supporting and growing entrepreneurship and investment in youth builds their connection with their communities and is vital for the future of New Zealand.

Mr Lefebvre is often seen on the shores of Lake Wakatipu playing an old piano and featured in an award-winning image in National Geographic.

He will tell of his journey from being a Belgian masters graduate in humanitarian management to professional busker in the resort.

Mr Reid is a senior research fellow at the University of Canterbury's Ngai Tahu Research Centre, whose work focuses on indigenous ways of knowing and exploring the familial relationship with the land and how to reconnect to live in synchronicity with nature, rather than being a part of the landscape.

TedX is a programme of local, self-organised events, held for the first time in the resort last year.

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

It has grown to support world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives.

Two annual Ted Conferences invite world-leading ''thinkers and doers'' to speak for 18 minutes on a diverse range of subjects.

Queenstown event co-curator Cesar Piotto said the trio would bring valuable local connections to ideas around sense of place in Queenstown.

Other speakers are artist Dick Frizzell, nutritional biochemist Dr Libby Weaver and Mega Ltd chief executive Vikram Kumar.

• TedX Queenstown: Sense of Place is at the Queenstown Memorial Hall on February 22.

Tickets are limited to 100 and go on sale through Ticketek from next Tuesday.

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