May / June 2014 - page 1

It was all downhill for these ‘bikies’
as they headed from Camp Estate to
Larnoch Castle on a recent Dunedin
familiarisation tour. Joining in
the fun were Tim Couch, Dunedin
Venues; Amber Kingsley, The Total
Event and Tonya Jones, IPENZ,
with Geraldine Hutchison, Air
New Zealand hot on their heels.
The new electric bikes were
provided by Green Bikes, based at
Glenfalloch on the Otago Peninsula.
Full story starts page 42. (Photo
Tourism Dunedin)
Wellington City Council was briefed by
Mayor Celia Wade-Brown on the proposal
on May 20. The proposed conference facility
with capacity for 2500 delegates would be
the third largest facility in the country, while
the adjoining 165 bed, five star hotel would
be managed by a major international chain.
‘This conference centre and hotel will
put us ahead of Christchurch and Auckland
developments, with no need for a casino,’
...continued on page 40
says Wade-Brown.
As reported in Meeting Newz in March,
Council has been negotiating for the past
12 months with a consortium of local and
national interests and an international
hotel chain. It has now been revealed that
the developer heading the proposal is Mark
Dunajtschik, a successful local developer
and investor.
Wellington: Convention
a step closer
Wellington looks set to get the jump on higher profile
convention centre developments in Auckland and
Christchurch, with a business case for a purpose-built
convention centre and attached five star hotel (most likely a
Hilton) looking set to be approved by council next month.
By Kathy Ombler
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