Wellington secures New Zealand first with digital preservation conference


Wellington has secured a major conference on digital preservation in a New Zealand first.

The iPRES 21st International Conference on Digital Presentation will take place in 2025 at Tākina, Wellington’s new Convention and Exhibition Centre.

The annual event brings hundreds of researchers and practitioners from all over the world to discuss the latest research and practice for protecting and making accessible digital collections.

Wellington is home to the National Library of New Zealand, which led the conference bid, as well as Archives New Zealand, with whom National Library shares a digital preservation programme.

“By hosting iPRES in Wellington we can highlight our digital preservation activities in New Zealand while showing our commitment to being part of the international effort to protect our global digital heritage,” said Andrea Goethals, Programme Director at the National Library of New Zealand.

“We see this as an opportunity for New Zealand organisations to learn from and make connections with the community of international digital preservation experts.”

The bid for the event was supported by Business Events Wellington and Tourism New Zealand’s Business Events team.

The win is just the latest in a series of wins for Tākina, which is on track to open mid-2023.

“We’re already seeing great interest in Tākina, winning conferences that wish to capitalise on the benefits of hosting an event in the capital city, home to many of New Zealand’s national organisations and thought leaders,” said Business Events Wellington Manager Irette Ferreira.

Other recently awarded conferences for Tākina include: The Early Childhood Council Conference in 2023, the Federated Farmers’ Primary Industries Summit & Awards in 2023, and The Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases’ Annual Scientific Meeting in 2024.