New Zealand allows gatherings of any size as normality returns

In a threshold moment for New Zealand, gatherings of any size can now take place from next week following its success in eliminating Covid-19.

Conventions and Incentives New Zealand chief executive Lisa Hopkins said the industry is pleased to be accelerating the return back to business, starting with a domestic audience.

“Getting to this level has taken less time than we originally envisaged back in March, and we are now the envy of the world. New Zealand’s team of five million has proved we can unite against this virus, and our industry is committed to keeping New Zealand safe for meetings,” she said.

“We want people to understand business events are the safest type of event you can hold, because they are highly organised and managed by professionals who work under strict codes of practice.

“Our message is it is safe to hold a conference, seminar, workshop, incentive travel event and gala dinner under already-developed and enhanced track, tracing, health and hygiene standards. We will also be working with the broader events sector to develop a voluntary code, to support New Zealand’s efforts in the key area of public health.”

Brett Jeffrey, general manager at Australasian (NZ) Society of Association Executives, says customers can feel confident to move forward with their industry events.

“This is a positive step forward and will go a long way to providing much needed reassurance that planning for association conferences can begin in earnest,” he said.

Arna Wahl Davies, the newly appointed Chair of the CINZ Approved Professional Conference Organisers (PCO) Group, says New Zealand’s business event organisers have led the way “by maintaining the high protocols and processes we had prior to Covid-19”.

“As accredited event professionals, we will be voluntarily working to ensure the highest possible standards of hygiene, tracking and tracing to ensure business events are safe now and in future,” she said.