Te Pae convention centre juggles bookings ahead of 2021 opening

Christchurch’s new Te Pae convention centre is busy rescheduling events to accommodate the new construction timeline with an opening expected in the second half of 2021.

The Covid pandemic caused a delay in construction of the NZ$475 million project with building company Ōtākaro confirming new finish dates last week.

The venue had been on track to open in October this year until the pandemic struck.

Beyond the extended opening dates, the continuing uncertainty around an opening of international borders has impacted the timing of future events, with Te Pae general manager Ross Steele telling Stuff that they had “already begun working with clients affected by today’s announcement”.

Te Pae currently has 67 confirmed or contracted events locked in and more than 100 events in the pipeline.

“We are committed to working closely with them to ensure they can continue to host their events in Christchurch,” said Steele.