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NZ’s finest venues, staff recognised at EVANZ Awards
5 Dec 2022   /

NZ’s finest venues, staff recognised at EVANZ Awards

The best and brightest of New Zealand’s venues and staff have been celebrated at the 2022 EVANZ Awards.


Te Pae wins exceptional Toitū environmental award
28 Nov 2022   /

Te Pae wins exceptional Toitū environmental award

Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre has received the Exceptional achievement in Environmental Management accolade at the at the 2022 Toitū Brighter Future Awards.


Te Pae Christchurch preps for Armageddon
24 Nov 2022  

Te Pae Christchurch preps for Armageddon

Te Pae Christchurch will host the Armageddon Expo from 10-11 December.


Viaduct Events Centre taking bookings for mid-2023
22 Nov 2022  

Viaduct Events Centre taking bookings for mid-2023

Auckland Conventions, Venues and Events has opened bookings for Viaduct Events Centre for events taking place from 27 April 2023.


XPO buys NZ Boat Show, returns it to Auckland Showgrounds
11 Nov 2022   /

XPO buys NZ Boat Show, returns it to Auckland Showgrounds

XPO Exhibitions has acquired the Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show from long-time owner Auckland Water Ski Club.


“Win” for events as court confirms Showgrounds’ lease unlawful, awards XPO’s Spillane costs
19 Oct 2022   /

“Win” for events as court confirms Showgrounds’ lease unlawful, awards XPO’s Spillane costs

Cornwall Park Trust Board acted unlawfully by leasing part of Auckland Showgrounds to a film studio for three months this year, causing some of the country’s largest events to cancel or suffer postponements, according to a ruling from the High Court in Auckland.


BEIA, Te Pae Christchurch appoint managers
18 Oct 2022   /

BEIA, Te Pae Christchurch appoint managers

Business Events Industry Aotearoa and Te Pae owner Ōtākaro appoint new senior managers.


Tākina taps Wētā tourism boss Jake Downing to lead operations
17 Oct 2022   /

Tākina taps Wētā tourism boss Jake Downing to lead operations

Tākina Events has appointed Wētā Workshop head of tourism Jake Downing its new director of museum and commercial services.


Eden Park gears up for 30k fans for Women’s RWC opening
7 Oct 2022   /

Eden Park gears up for 30k fans for Women’s RWC opening

The Women’s Rugby World Cup 2021 will kick off at Auckland’s Eden Park and Whangarei’s Okara Park this weekend.


…while Tākina hits milestone, on track for June 2023 opening
7 Oct 2022  

…while Tākina hits milestone, on track for June 2023 opening

Construction on Wellington’s Tākina convention centre’s façade, the exhibition and plenary spaces on the first floor are both fully complete.


Te Pae opens doors to legal conference
4 Oct 2022   /

Te Pae opens doors to legal conference

Te Pae will host the In-house Lawyers Association of New Zealand annual conference, which begins tomorrow in Christchurch.


Govt pledges $19m for FIFA Women’s World Cup venue upgrades
27 Sep 2022   /

Govt pledges $19m for FIFA Women’s World Cup venue upgrades

The government is investing $18.7m to support upgrades at 30 of the 32 facilities earmarked for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023.


Hamilton’s Claudelands Grandstand venue closed for repairs
22 Sep 2022   /

Hamilton’s Claudelands Grandstand venue closed for repairs

Hamilton’s Claudelands Grandstand is out of action for at least 12 months while remedial works are planned and undertaken to repair borer damage.


NZICC rebuilds sales strength, Te Pae marks 100 events
21 Sep 2022   / /

NZICC rebuilds sales strength, Te Pae marks 100 events

The New Zealand International Convention Centre is ramping up its sales team as it looks to build up bookings ahead of the long-awaited venue’s 2025 opening.


Armageddon hopeful despite Auckland Showgrounds battle
20 Sep 2022  

Armageddon hopeful despite Auckland Showgrounds battle

Organisers of the Armageddon festival are hopeful they will be able to return to Auckland Showgrounds during Labour Weekend in October, despite the venue being closed since the end of June.


Eden Park triple-header could attract 100k
16 Sep 2022   /

Eden Park triple-header could attract 100k

Close to 100,000 people are expected to converge on Eden Park over two days next weekend in a blockbuster triple-headline of sports events.


Tākina chalks up 80+ events in countdown to 2023 opening
7 Sep 2022   /

Tākina chalks up 80+ events in countdown to 2023 opening

More than 80 multi-day conferences are lined up for Wellington’s Tākina, including one event that will take place before its official opening.


Te Pae to host 500+ delegates at finance conference
30 Aug 2022   /

Te Pae to host 500+ delegates at finance conference

More than 500 delegates will converge at Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre next week for the annual Financial Advice New Zealand conference.


Te Pae grows faster than expected, seeks more staff
19 Aug 2022   /

Te Pae grows faster than expected, seeks more staff

Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre says it is growing quicker than expected and is now looking for new staff ahead of schedule.


‘Significant progress’ made improving Tauranga venues – council
10 Aug 2022  

‘Significant progress’ made improving Tauranga venues – council

Tauranga City Council says its Bay Venues network has made ‘significant progress’ to improve customer experience, staffing and operational facilities within its aquatics, sports, community centres and halls, and events.


Te Pae snaps up global event leader
8 Aug 2022   /

Te Pae snaps up global event leader

Nicolette Elia has joined Te Pae Christchurch as director of event services, bringing more than 20 years of experience in the conference, events and exhibitions to her role.


Chamber praises Christchurch stadium decision
15 Jul 2022   /

Chamber praises Christchurch stadium decision

The Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce has praised Christchurch City Council’s decision to continue building the $683m Te Kaha stadium.


Wellington wins MEETINGS 2023
14 Jul 2022   /

Wellington wins MEETINGS 2023

BEIA takes its business events conference to the capital for the first time, helping to showcase the brand new Tākina venue.


Waitangi venue operator wins $30k grant
14 Jul 2022   /

Waitangi venue operator wins $30k grant

Waitangi operator Baylys’ Farm’s wedding and event venue has won a $30,000 grant from Top Energy’s Business Development Fund.


…while poly fest gets a new venue
14 Jul 2022   /

…while poly fest gets a new venue

The 44th TuTagata Polynesian Festival will begin at the TSB Arena in Wellington on 27 July.


NZEA conference speakers, gala event confirmed
8 Jul 2022   /

NZEA conference speakers, gala event confirmed

The New Zealand Events Association’s Eventing the Future 2022 conference has announced the full lineup of speakers for this year’s event at the Napier War Memorial Centre on 26 – 27 July.


One year to go: Tākina counts down to first event
7 Jul 2022   /

One year to go: Tākina counts down to first event

There is just one year to go until Tākina Wellington Convention and Exhibition Centre opens, kicking off with the Festival for The Future in June 2023.


Viaduct Events Centre to return, Team NZ to go
7 Jul 2022   /

Viaduct Events Centre to return, Team NZ to go

Auckland’s Viaduct Events Centre will reopen for events in 2023 following Emirates Team New Zealand’s relocation to Wynyard Quarter.


With new venues launching, an opportunity for local food
28 Jun 2022   /

With new venues launching, an opportunity for local food

Large venues around the country are following the lead of Venues Ōtautahi, which has spent the past two years overhauling its supply chain to support local food producers.


St James sets stage for reopening after $42m works
23 Jun 2022  

St James sets stage for reopening after $42m works

Wellington’s iconic St James Theatre is celebrating its reopening with an orchestral performance this weekend and a range of festivities from 1 – 2 July.


… while Tākina bookings “remarkably healthy” ahead of 2023 opening
16 Jun 2022   /

… while Tākina bookings “remarkably healthy” ahead of 2023 opening

Tākina Wellington Convention Centre has 80 conferences already confirmed or pencilled in as it counts down to its 2023 opening.


Show must go on for troubled Te Kaha stadium – chamber
16 Jun 2022   /

Show must go on for troubled Te Kaha stadium – chamber

The Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce is urging some 2,700 members to submit in favour of the Te Kaha stadium being built in Christchurch.


Te Pae Christchurch wins large medical congress
15 Jun 2022   /

Te Pae Christchurch wins large medical congress

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons has chosen Ōtautahi Christchurch for its Annual Scientific Congress to be held in May 2024 at Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre.


Industry converges on Christchurch for MEETINGS
14 Jun 2022   /

Industry converges on Christchurch for MEETINGS

More than 650 delegates will be heading to Te Pae Christchurch for BEIA’s first MEETINGS in the city in 14 years.


Tākina wins digital preservation conference…
14 Jun 2022   /

Tākina wins digital preservation conference…

Wellington’s Tākina Convention and Exhibition Centre will host the 2025 iPRES 21st International Conference on Digital Presentation.


…while NZICC wins pest conference worth $6.5m
14 Jun 2022   /

…while NZICC wins pest conference worth $6.5m

The New Zealand International Convention Centre will host around 2,500 pest control experts in 2026.


Te Pae nominated for international awards
13 Jun 2022   /

Te Pae nominated for international awards

Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre has been named a finalist in the International Association of Convention Centres Delegate’s choice award and innovation award categories.


Te Pae shows off local cuisine, culture to industry partners
19 May 2022   /

Te Pae shows off local cuisine, culture to industry partners

Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre showcased Canterbury’s food and culture at an opening event for industry partners.


Hamilton’s Founders Theatre to be demolished
27 Apr 2022  

Hamilton’s Founders Theatre to be demolished

Hamilton City Council will demolish the dilapidated Founders Theatre in the central city to make way for a $4m multi-purpose park and community performance space.


Watch: Ōtautahi Christchurch’s conference attraction
26 Apr 2022   /

Watch: Ōtautahi Christchurch’s conference attraction

Why one conference picked Ōtautahi Christchurch for its big event.


Business events industry rallies to protest Auckland Showgrounds “outrage”
6 Apr 2022   /

Business events industry rallies to protest Auckland Showgrounds “outrage”

More than 5000 industry professionals and events stakeholders have signed a petition to save the venue from public closure.


Aotea Centre’s $68m upgrade tipped to attract crowds – mayor
4 Apr 2022  

Aotea Centre’s $68m upgrade tipped to attract crowds – mayor

Auckland’s Aotea Centre has received a $67.5m makeover as part of a four-year project to refurbish the 2000-seat venue.


Watch: The Meaning Of Tākina
24 Mar 2022  

Watch: The Meaning Of Tākina

An evocative film from WellingtonNZ on the meaning of Tākina, the Wellington Convention and Exhibition Centre.


Sky Stadium granted $3m ahead of events resurgence
18 Mar 2022   /

Sky Stadium granted $3m ahead of events resurgence

Wellington City Council and Greater Wellington Regional Council will each provide Sky Stadium with a $1.5m grant to help it get through the current Omicron outbreak and prepare for an events resurgence following the opening of New Zealand borders.


…while Hamilton’s H3 venues brace against Omicron
14 Mar 2022  

…while Hamilton’s H3 venues brace against Omicron

H3 is making preparations to ensure the busy schedule of events across its venues this month is not derailed due to Covid-19 restrictions.


Te Pae installs 1-ton artwork ahead of December opening
4 Nov 2021   /

Te Pae installs 1-ton artwork ahead of December opening

Te Pae convention centre in Christchurch is installing a major piece of artwork ahead of an expected opening before Christmas.


Tākina secures rocks conference worth $3.4m
1 Nov 2021  

Tākina secures rocks conference worth $3.4m

Tākina Wellington Convention & Exhibition Centre has won the right to host the 22nd International Sedimentological Congress in 2026.


Te Papa to jointly operate Tākina convention centre
26 Oct 2021   /

Te Papa to jointly operate Tākina convention centre

Wellington City Council’s new Tākina Convention and Exhibition Centre will be jointly operated by Te Papa, in a move that may see the facility become a spillover venue for the national museum.


Christchurch secures business events, confirms four for 2022-23
6 Oct 2021  

Christchurch secures business events, confirms four for 2022-23

ChristchurchNZ’s Convention Bureau says it has secured nine business events for 2022 to 2027.


Te Pae confirms December delay, strikes environmental ‘gold’
28 Sep 2021  

Te Pae confirms December delay, strikes environmental ‘gold’

Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre has confirmed it will now open in late December rather than October as planned because of Delta lockdown delays.