Te Pae Christchurch welcomes its first conference

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Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre has officially welcomed its first conference, kick starting a full roster of more than 100 events scheduled for the remainder of the year.

The inaugural conference was the New Zealand Infrastructure Commission, Te Waihanga Looking Ahead Symposium, during which Te Waihanga launched its Infrastructure Strategy 2022-2052.

“It’s wonderful to see the Centre busy and operating as it is meant to be, filled with people connecting face-to-face, sharing knowledge and ideas and engaging in conversations that will have a real impact on our collective future,” Te Pae Christchurch general manager Ross Steele said.

“I could not think of a better way to open our convention account than with the launch of a strategy that will help build a thriving Aotearoa.

“Te Pae Christchurch itself is a crown infrastructure project built to provide economic value to New Zealand and to Ōtautahi Christchurch and with 60 conventions between now and December, along with many other events, we’re excited to get to work and make a difference to our city.”

Te Waihanga event manager Chetana Dahya said it was “really special” to be the very first conference held in Te Pae.

“Te Pae has worked really well for us and our delegates, with plenty of space and great facilities,” she said. “It’s also meant we’ve had a chance to explore the central city.”

Chris Peak, project manager at The Conference Company, worked with Te Waihanga and the Te Pae Christchurch team to deliver the event.

“From a planning process, the experience was seamless, you would not have known it was the first event,” he said. “The catering has been top notch, we’ve been really impressed.”

Of the events planned at Te Pae Christchurch for the remainder of 2022, more than 60 are conferences, including eight international events.

Steele said looking beyond the end of 2022, the centre had a solid pipeline of business moving forward.

“In total, through to October 2024, we have 146 events scheduled,” he said.

“This includes 88 conferences, 23 of which are international.”