Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre brought clients, colleagues and suppliers together last week to thank them for their support during the venue’s journey to opening.
“While we have had a difficult start, this wonderful building is an asset for Christchurch which will provide opportunities for people to gather and exchange ideas, to come up with solutions that will better the world we live in, and all the while providing economic benefit for our city for at least the next 50 years,” said general manager Ross Steele.
“We have started that journey now and as we ramp up to capacity, we will see the benefits come to fruition.”
Marking the first dinner in the Centre, the menu was a true taste of the Canterbury region featuring Akaroa Salmon, Pure South Silere lamb and a dessert designed to pay homage to the building’s facade and design inspiration – Canterbury’s braided rivers. Everything was sourced from within 80 kilometres of the Centre.
The evening also acknowledged the Centre’s cultural narrative, with cultural elements including a karakia and blessing of kai, as well as performances of traditional waiata.
Highlighting the local talent on offer in Ōtautahi Christchurch, the evening’s entertainment featured a song written for Te Pae Christchurch by local musicians Dillastrate and a high energy dance performance organised by Epic Entertainment.