Wellington convention centre announces new operating partnership with Te Papa

Wellington’s soon to open convention centre Tākina and Te Papa Venues have combined under one banner.

Wellington City Council has partnered with Te Papa Tongarewa, the National Museum of New Zealand to operate its new convention centre Tākina, opening mid-2023.

Under a new business unit, Tākina Events, Te Papa will market and operate its existing facilities and Tākina to attract and deliver a wider range of conferences, exhibitions and events.

“The proposed operating model for Tākina is one of partnership and collaboration between the Council, Te Papa and WellingtonNZ,” said Mayor Andy Foster.

“We intend to deliver an authentic Wellington experience, showcasing local produce, providing training and employment for young Wellingtonians adding further vitality to our city.”

Tākina is right across the road from Te Papa and within walking distance to other venues around the city, creating opportunities to deliver unique events on a scale the capital hasn’t seen before.

“We’re excited to be part of this amazing new asset for the city,” said Courtney Johnston, chief executive of Te Papa.

“The business events at Tākina will showcase New Zealand to the world and help grow our own knowledge, and the experience for visitors will be complemented by all we have to offer at Te Papa.”