Unveiling the name at CINZ MEETINGS 2018 in Auckland today, Ōtākaro Limited Strategy and Property Opportunities general manager, Keith Beal says Te Pae references a gathering place.
‘The name is a unique yet simple way for domestic and international visitors to identify this premium, purpose-built convention and exhibition venue.
‘We have worked with local cultural advisers, Matapopore on a name that reflects not only what this facility is, but also what makes it different from any other.’
In a globally competitive sector, Beal says a range of factors will set Te Pae apart when it opens in 2020.
‘As a central city landmark supported by great hospitality or manaakitanga, Te Pae will be enjoyable and memorable. Accommodation, shops, bars, restaurants and parks are all a few steps away and drive less than two hours in any direction from Christchurch and you will find a scenic part of the South Island,’ he says.
‘Prior to 2011, Christchurch was New Zealand’s business events capital, hosting 24% of all conferences on a per-delegate-day basis. We are seeing that demand returning with international organisers telling us they are excited by an attractive, safe, compact city and the opportunity to experience New Zealand’s bucket list destinations.’
Several events have already been confirmed for 2021, including the five-day Federation of Asian and Oceanian Biochemists and Molecular Biologists (FAOBMB) conference, with 900 delegates, and the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) International Biology Symposium, which will bring 350 of the world’s top Antarctic scientists to Christchurch.
Te Pae will be capable of hosting up to 2000 delegates. It will include a 1400-delegate auditorium, a 200-booth exhibition hall, banquet hall and 24 meeting rooms overlooking Victoria Square and Ōtākaro/Avon River.