Wellington wins Home Economics world congress


Wellington will host the World Congress of the International Federation for Home Economics (IFHE) in 2028, marking the first time the event has been held in New Zealand.

The congress will take place at Tākina Wellington Convention & Exhibition Centre and is expected to attract more than 700 world experts to the city.

Business Events Wellington and Tourism New Zealand Business Events supported the bid, which was led by Sarah Wirth, HoD Technology Samuel Marsden Collegiate School, Vice President IFHE Pacific and Executive Member of the Home Economics and Technology Teachers’ Association of New Zealand.

Wirth says hosting the federation’s world congress will be a great showcase of the New Zealanders who educate individuals and communities on critical issues including sustainable living, health, nutrition, family well-being, and economic empowerment.

“Wellington was chosen as host city for its amazing food and innovation in textiles and sustainable practices, as well as being a safe, walkable city, with great facilities at Tākina,” Wirth said.

“We are excited to present New Zealand as a hub for visionary approaches in Home Economics.

“This Congress will not only showcase our nation’s entrepreneurial spirit and talent but also reaffirm our commitment to global sustainability and inclusive development.”

The event was last held in the Oceania region in 2012, when it took place in Melbourne.

“It’s fantastic to be able to host a world congress of this scale and nature in Wellington, at our new convention centre, Tākina,” said Business Events Wellington manager Irette Ferreira.

“We look forward to welcoming home economists from around the world to share their knowledge and showcase Aotearoa New Zealand’s expertise in 2028.”