Meetings Preview 2023

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Welcome to MEETINGS 2021, a BEIA event Kia ora and welcome to our special MEETINGS 2021 Preview Magazine, with thanks to our partners at Meeting Newz. We all know how challenging the past 15 months have been for the industry. With MEETINGS postponing in 2020, the first time in its 25-year history, it clearly left a void. We are so fortunate in New Zealand to be able to hold this event in 2021, and to welcome buyers from across New Zealand and Australia. We saw it first at BE Reconnected in December, and we are really seeing it at MEETINGS. The demand to meet face to face and connect. This has resulted in a very strong response to our hosted buyer programme with 110 New Zealand and over 60 Australian Hosted Buyers and media this year. Our Day Buyer programme is open for any buyer who is keen to visit the show over the two days without appointments, and is again proving very popular this year. It is extraordinary to look back and reflect on how long we have been kept apart from our neighbours to the West. How much we have simply taken for granted our ability to fly to Australia or the Pacific Islands, or indeed the world. How much we now appreciate that privilege. BEIA is extremely grateful for the support of Air New Zealand, our principal sponsor. We truly value the relationship we have with Air New Zealand which has allowed our industry to survive domestically and is now bringing our Australian guests to our shores. There is something special about stepping on board an Air New Zealand plane when you are overseas, the entire New Zealand experience begins from the very first kia ora at check in to the mā te wā when you arrive. Lisa Hopkins - Chief Executive Business Events Industry Aotearoa This year, more than ever, the industry has proactively partnered and collaborated with BEIA to ensure that this MEETINGS will be delivered with and from the heart. From the moment you walk through the doors at the Welcome event to your first interaction on the floor, we hope everyone, buyers, guests and exhibitors will feel genuine warmth and manaakitanga, care and hospitality, at MEETINGS. Our partners are long-standing, and we are always grateful for the opportunity to work alongside ASB Showgrounds, our venue partner; EventsAIR, our technology partner; and Peek Exhibition who started working with BEIA on this event 25 years ago. Auckland once again plays host to MEETINGS and our thanks to the Auckland Convention Bureau, who are committed to ensuring the hosted buyer experience is amplified. MEETINGS is synonymous with generosity and hospitality. The many supporting sponsors and the host hotels epitomise this, and we at BEIA continue to be in awe of their commitment and enthusiasm to our manuhiri, our guests. We have been overwhelmed by the offers to ensure guests truly experience something special while they are here. Tourism New Zealand is a premier industry partner and they have been in lock step with us throughout the MEETINGS journey. Along with Air New Zealand, they are supporting not only our guests from across the Tasman to join us, but also our all-important media partners who help spread the word on New Zealand and our industry, internationally. Tourism New Zealand will also be hosting the Regional Destination Zone, ensuring buyers get a taste of New Zealand’s incredible and diverse regions. Once again, the regional presence at MEETINGS is strong and we are delighted to welcome the stunning Central Otago region and the awe-inspiring coastal Kaikōura region for the first time. I am so proud of BEIA team and want to acknowledge Jen Henshaw, Claire Steele, Sharon Auld, Ani Santos, Nicky Tilsley and Trish Kennedy. Like any event, MEETINGS brings with it, its fair share of highs and lows. Throughout it all, the team have been driven to ensure MEETINGS delivers more meaningful and productive business opportunities for all. Whether it’s introducing a customer to a great new service that will make their event even more memorable, or helping a member uncover a new piece of business. I believe they have delivered on that objective and more. We can’t wait to see you walk through the doors at the ASB Showgrounds and wish you all a highly successful event! Nga mihi nui, Lisa Hopkins Chief Executive Business Events Industry Aotearoa 2023 MEETINGS PREVIEW 3 MEETINGS 2023 YOUR PREVIEW

Please note this programme is subject to change MEETINGS 2023 PROGRAMME Tuesday 20 June 7.00am – 4.30pm Wellington Host City Famil for Hosted buyers 1.30pm – 5.30pm Exhibitor Pack-in and Registration 6.45pm – 8.45pm MEETINGS Welcome Function, Te Papa Wednesday 21 June 8.30am Exhibition opens 9.00am – 10.00am MEETINGS appointment programme (3 meetings of 15 minutes) 10.00am – 10.25am Morning Tea 10.30am – 12.05pm MEETINGS appointment programme (5 meetings of 15 minutes) 12.05pm – 2.00pm Lunch, sponsored by Johnston’s Coachlines 12.30pm - 1.45pm Celebrity Speakers Showcase 2.00pm – 3.15pm MEETINGS appointment programme (4 meetings of 15 minutes) 3.15pm – 3.40pm afternoon Tea 3.45pm – 4.40pm MEETINGS appointment programme (3 meetings of 15 minutes) 4.40pm End of Day One 4.45pm Transfers to Host Hotels 5.30pm - 6.30pm Host Hotel Cocktail Hour for Hosted buyers Thursday 22 June 8.30am Exhibition opens 9.00am – 10.15am MEETINGS appointment programme (4 meetings of 15 minutes) 10.15am – 10.40am Morning Tea 10.45am – 12.20pm MEETINGS appointment programme (5 meetings of 15 minutes) 12.20pm – 2.00pm Lunch, Sponsored by Wellington airport 12.40pm - 1.55pm Celebrity Speakers Showcase 2.05pm - 4.00pm MEETINGS appointment programme (6 meetings of 15 minutes) 4.00pm End of Day Two 4.00pm – 5.30pm Exhibitor Pack-out 4.05pm Transfers to Host Hotels 6.15pm - 7.00pm MEETINGS Celebration arrival Period, Shed 6 7.00pm - 12.00am MEETINGS Celebration, Shed 6 4 MEETINGS 2023 YOUR PREVIEW

WELCOME TO WELLINGTONAT TE PAPA Set on the waterfront opposite Tākina Wellington Convention and Exhibition Centre, Te Papa is New Zealand’s national museum, home to rare art, culture and natural history collections. Purpose-built event spaces will allow waterfront views and guests to be immersed in the special energy of this landmark venue. Supported by Business Events Wellington and Tākina Events, and MCed by one of Johnson and Laird’s The spectacular Wellington Foyer at Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand is set to usher in the first-ever MEETINGS to be held in the capital city as host of the official Welcome Function. top presenters, MEETINGS guests can expect an uplifting and rousing welcome to the capital city, hailing the first time New Zealand’s flagship business events exhibition has been held here. Tākina Events manages event spaces across its two adjacent venues, Tākina and Te Papa. Guests will experience how, together, these iconic venues offer flexible conference and meeting spaces, latest technology, local cuisine and welcoming service for events from 10 to 2,500 people. With a bespoke menu designed by the executive chef at Tākina Events, guests will sample the Wellington region’s culinary delights. And, renowned for its innovative and hidden cocktail bars, the city will be sharing some of these cosy vibes with cocktails throughout the evening. While enjoying the hospitality at Te Papa, guests will also be invited to experience the Te Taiao - Nature After Dark exhibition. 2023 MEETINGS PREVIEW MEETINGS CELEBRATION~ FabulouslyWellington The MEETINGS Celebration on Thursday 22 June is a collaboration with the creative team at NW Group who will be creating an immersive experience for guests from the moment they enter the venue. MEETINGS event manager, Chris Peak says guests are being encouraged to go After a week of connecting and doing business, the MEETINGS finale will be all about celebrating, in true Wellington style. all out and dress up for the Absolutely Fabulous theme. “As Wellington is renowned for offering something for everyone – so is this evening. We are inviting guests to join us at Shed 6 dressed ready to party and enjoy great food, local beverages and excellent entertainment,” he says. “To get the full experience, guests will be encouraged to arrive at their leisure between 6.15pm and 7.00pm, to allow them to soak up the atmosphere and ease into the evening before the tempo picks up. “With first rate entertainment and a few surprises thrown in for good measure, we can’t wait to give MEETINGS 2023 the ultimate sendoff,” he says. “We know that ‘Absolutely Fabulous’ will conjure up different styles and ideas for different people and we are excited to see the many and varied interpretations from attendees. “Whether guests opt to keep it simple or go all out, ultimately the MEETINGS Celebration is about having a good time,” Peak says. Supported by Business Events Wellington and Venues Wellington, BEIA has partnered with David Greer Music and PME Entertainment Agents to create an exciting line-up of local talent, with a fabulous MC from Johnson & Laird. Flock Events and Red Pebble Events are supporting with furniture and theming. Presentation of the Meeting Newz Best Stand awards will take place during the evening. Celebrations at 2022 Galaevening 5 MEETINGS 2023 YOUR PREVIEW

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LEADING INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS EVENTORGANISERS HEADINGTOWELLINGTON Over 230 leading business event organisers from Australia, North America, Singapore and New Zealand have been confirmed as fully hosted buyers for the first MEETINGS exhibition in Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington. registration is still open with $100 flight rebates available to assist outof-town attendees,” she says. Tourism New Zealand will be hosting eight high-end senior incentive and meetings planners from North America who will visit Auckland and Queenstown before and after MEETINGS in Wellington. “MEETINGS will demonstrate our ability to deliver well-designed and seamlessly executed five-star incentive programmes that meet the world-class expectations of our North American buyers. They will be able to BEIA chief executive, Lisa Hopkins says the response to the MEETINGS 2023 programme has been phenomenal. “Now, more than ever, it is important to bring buyers to New Zealand to educate them on our destination and show them our country is back open and ready for their business,” she says. “BEIA has been working with Tourism New Zealand, Business Events Wellington and Air New Zealand to target key decision-makers. We have filled all our available hosted buyer spots in record time, but day buyer Located in the heart of the CBD, Fable Auckland’s new versatile spaces fuse together design inspiration from the renowned Art Deco heritage building with modern convenience and bespoke hospitality to create memorable events for groups up to 140 guests. The Sinclair Room suits larger events or spacious meetings, while the Soda Suite is ideal for smaller meetings and cocktail events. The success of any event is intrinsically linked to the level of support provided by the venue. Their team of dedicated professionals are committed to delivering unparalleled customer service, going above and beyond to ensure that every event runs smoothly and efficiently, from initial planning stages to post-event assistance. Visit Fable at stand #147 experience first-hand New Zealand’s luxury accommodation, high-end transfer options, function venues, dining experiences and the unique, wow factor activities on offer here,” she says. BEIA will also host two international buyers and one media representative from Singapore. These influential buyers will visit Auckland and Christchurch prior to heading to Wellington for MEETINGS 2023. With 100 hosted or semi-hosted buyers flying in from Australia, 86 are key decision-makers who have not attended MEETINGS before or have not been hosted since 2018. Over 130 hosted buyers from across New Zealand will attend this year, with 47 per cent hosted at MEETINGS for the first time. “It’s a massive vote of confidence for our sector, for the new venue, our host city and for the MEETINGS programme this year,” Hopkins says. Fully hosted buyers have both their air travel and four nights’ accommodation included. Air New Zealand has again partnered with MEETINGS to facilitate flights for buyers and 26 Wellington hotels are hosting accommodation. “MEETINGS is a collaboration. BEIA cannot put the event on without the extraordinary support of our partners and we are thrilled not only to have our friends at Air New Zealand on board, but also, and for the first time, the Wellington hotel collective. It’s this unified approach that lies at the heart of our event,” she says. 2023 MEETINGS PREVIEW NewVenue for Auckland CBD 8 MEETINGS 2023 YOUR PREVIEW MEET IN THE CENTRE 500+ YEARS OF COMBINED EVENT MANAGEMENT EXPERIENCE BY YOUR SIDE VISIT US ON STAND 171 AT MEETINGS WANT A VENUE CENTRED AROUND EXPERIENCE?

MEETINGSCOMMITS TOCARBON ZERO MEETINGS 2023 is working towards Toitū net carbonzero certification as a Certified Event Operation for its first event in New Zealand’s capital city, Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington. BEIA chief executive, Lisa Hopkins says BEIA is excited to start the Toitū net carbon zero certification programme, as well as initiating further sustainability goals for MEETINGS 2023. “As the business events industry’s peak body, it is our role to lead the way in sustainability practices and make them core to everything we do,” she says. “Working with Toitū to achieve this certification means all emissions associated with the planning and operations of MEETINGS 2023 will be measured, audited in alignment with strict world-leading criteria, and then offset via quality assessed carbon credits. “Not only will this show our exhibitors and buyers we are committed to reducing our environmental impact, but also it will give us the platform to work towards continual reduction of carbon emissions for MEETINGS year-on-year,” Hopkins says. MEETINGS’ 2023 venue, Tākina Wellington Convention and Exhibition Centre, holds a 5-Star Green Design certification from the New Zealand Green Building Council. Features of Tākina include high performance double glazing, automatically controlled LED lighting, heat pumps to reduce fossil fuels, ventilation and water efficient fittings and rainwater harvesting, energy efficiency signage options and environmentally-friendly materials sourced from sustainable forestry. Other initiatives for MEETINGS 2023 include carbon-offsetting hosted buyers’ air travel with Air New Zealand’s FlyNeutral programme, reducing printed material, eliminating satchels and partnering with local charities Kibosh Food Rescue, Gillies McIndoe Research and Wellington Zoo to make donations on behalf of every hosted buyer. “We know our 230 hosted buyers, who come from far and wide across New Zealand and Australia, are the lifeblood of MEETINGS. We also know that getting here comes at a cost to the environment, so BEIA will be offsetting carbon emissions from all hosted buyer flights from Australia and around New Zealand. “While we are passionate about reducing the environmental impact of MEETINGS, we can’t do it alone. We are encouraging our exhibitors and buyers to take whatever steps they can to help reduce their footprint too,” Hopkins says. Exhibitors can help by offsetting carbon emissions from travel and freight to Wellington if possible, using sustainable packaging, reducing waste from one-time items by creating reusable generic signage or digital signage options and bringing reusable coffee cups and water bottles. “We are also encouraging exhibitors to use sustainable, eco-friendly and biodegradable giveaway items, and arrange for plants used on stands to be donated or re-planted,” she says. Hosted buyers can make a difference by bringing reusable coffee cups, water bottles and bags, and by using the MEETINGS App, recycling name badges, walking to the venue if staying locally, and choosing one of three charities to which BEIA will donate on their behalf. Another change for 2024 is that satchels and day buyer bags will no longer be provided in consideration of the environmental impact these items have when disposed of. Buyers are being encouraged to bring their own reusable bags if needed. 2023 MEETINGS PREVIEW Wellington hotels host cocktail hour for buyers Wellington is well-known as the cocktail capital of New Zealand, and hosted buyers will be in for a treat when 21 host hotels invite guests to enjoy their signature in-house hospitality. After the show closes on Wednesday 21 June, guests will return to their hotels to enjoy a very special hosted cocktail hour starting at 5.30pm. MEETINGS event manager, Chris Peak says the cocktail hour is a feature of the hosted buyer itinerary. “It gives host hotels an additional opportunity to showcase their offerings and for them and hosted buyers to connect in a relaxed, friendly setting,” he says. The 27th MEETINGS 2023 will be the most sustainable yet, with a renewed commitment to reducing the event’s greenhouse gas footprint. 10 MEETINGS 2023 YOUR PREVIEW

Ignite your senses and immerse yourself in a destination that’s seamlessly blending new visitor activities, tantalising foodie experiences, cultural immersion, and remarkable venues - turning potentially mundane business events into exceptional experiences. BUSINESS BY THE BEACH ~WELCOME TO OUR COASTAL PARADISE Mirelle Liang is the new conference & events sales manager at Novotel Christchurch Airport. Liang has spent six years in conference sales at Chateau on the Park, Double Tree by Hilton and has also spent time organising events at the Christchurch City Mission. “Mirelle’s appointment comes at a time when business events are in hot 2023 MEETINGS PREVIEW demand following the re-opening of the hotel last year. Meeting and event organisers can have confidence that their events will be in good hands at Novotel Christchurch Airport.” says general manager James Wilson. Visit the team at stand #250 TrinityWharf famous landmark, Mount Maunganui, with guided walks lead by Mauao Adventures and Travel Ed. Beach focus Stay at the soon-to-be-opened Quest Hotel, right in the heart of Mount Maunganui, and excite the team with an exhilarating Aqua 360 jet boat ride. If you’re after a land-based activity, try a V8 trike tour or visit one of our many nature reserves. Venue focus Our coastal region boasts an array of exceptional venues. Experience our new CBD venue, The Cargo Shed, which is literally located over the water, offering panoramic harbour views and a modern, industrialchic ambience. Mercury Baypark Arena provides modern spaces for Foodie focus From our iconic kiwifruit orchards and avocado groves to the intriguing flavours of truffles, craft beer, and artisan chocolates, the Coastal Bay of Plenty is earning a well-deserved reputation for its gastronomic offerings. Indulge in a gate-to-plate experience where farm-fresh produce takes centre stage. Entire restaurants can also be hired for custom-made dining experiences. Cultural focus Engage in traditional hunting and gathering techniques guided by Muirs Tours experts as they share Te Ao Māori (the Māori worldview) and demonstrate the importance of manaakitanga, kaitiakitanga and whanaungatanga. Delegates can also discover the fascinating history and stories associated with our most large-scale events with audiences of up to 4,400 people, while The Historic Village offers unique heritage buildings which create a touch of charm and elegance. The 82 recently refurbished rooms at Hotel Armitage all feature balconies, while Trinity Wharf Tauranga provides 123 guest room options for your attendees and other bespoke options, including group harbour cruises that can depart directly from the hotel pier. Let the Tourism Bay of Plenty Business Events team introduce you to everything that our coastal region has to offer and ensure your next conference or team gathering will be memorable and immersive. Pop by at MEETINGS on Stand 177, and hear about how to get some sand between the toes! 12 MEETINGS 2023 YOUR PREVIEW

Location, location, location! PANORAMI C V I EWS ARE ALL PART OF THE EXPERI ENCE ON OFFER Napier Conferences & Events operates from the Napier War Memorial Centre on Marine Parade, where guests can enjoy the sweep of the bay from Cape Kidnappers to Mahia Peninsula. With Napier’s Art Deco architecture on your doorstep, specially designed multi-purpose spaces plus a talented team, your next event is sure to exceed expectations. Experience a 360 degree virtual reality tour when visiting our stand at Meetings 2023. Napier War Memorial Centre 48 Marine Parade, Napier +64 6 835 9001

NEWEXHIBITORS internationally acclaimed 54-hectare park tells the stories of gardens throughout the ages and combines an award-winning visitor destination with renovated venue hire spaces. Ali Bartleet, business development lead for Hamilton’s Visitor Destinations says MEETINGS is the perfect opportunity to raise the profile of the venue hire offering at Hamilton Gardens. “With a major new development project kicking off, and reconfiguration of our indoor spaces due to be completed in time to host 2024 events, we are excited to develop relationships with business events industry professionals and put our Waikato gem firmly on the HamiltonGardens KinrossWineGarden consideration list,” she says. Kinross winery, Queenstown CEO Nicky Sygrove says MEETINGS has a reputation as such a great place to connect and reconnect with so many industry faces. “We knew we needed to be part of this event. The fastest way forward for us all is to share knowledge and band together. Kinross will be promoting our new cellar door that immerses guests in our world of wine here in Central Otago. We look forward to showcasing the range of visitor activities we can offer groups visiting Queenstown – from dining and wine tastings through to incredible ‘cork and fork’ full immersion experiences,” she says. Among them is first-time exhibitor, Wellington Zoo. Close to the city centre, with diverse venue spaces including the award-winning Kamala’s, the zoo gives visitors a rare opportunity to connect with native and exotic wildlife. Vanessa Langford from Wellington Zoo Trust says attending MEETINGS and reaching the business events sector is an important part of their business plan. “We are excited to expand our client base and reach a broader audience, while promoting our sustainability initiatives as a Carbon Zero Zoo. And, as a not-for-profit organisation, all proceeds from our events go back into caring for the animals and our conservation work,” she says. Hamilton Gardens in Waikato is also new to MEETINGS this year. The 2023 MEETINGS PREVIEW The 22 new exhibitors at MEETINGS this year represent accommodation providers, venues, event management companies, tour companies and activities. With complementary products and services, many new exhibitors are choosing to share a stand and an appointment stream. 14 MEETINGS 2023 YOUR PREVIEW

Visit Napier Conferences & Events stand for a virtual reality tour 2023 MEETINGS PREVIEW GROWING KNOWLEDGE OF NEWZEALAND’S DIVERSE DESTINATIONS Tourism New Zealand’s Knowledge and Destination Hub will be humming with activity at MEETINGS. In February, Napier Conferences & Events experienced some challenging weeks as Cyclone Gabrielle hit the region, causing disruption and damage. event organisers to grow their expertise in various aspects of New Zealand’s business events industry. Several leading industry thought leaders will be offering their knowledge and expertise to the audience. The Tourism New Zealand Knowledge and Destination Hub is also designed to share the latest products and new initiatives from 14 regions. Throughout the country, New Zealand has a diverse range of business events infrastructure. Through the destination presentations buyers can research regions and get a high-level overview of what’s new and unique, to help them select their next business event destination. The Tourism New Zealand Knowledge and Destination Hub will also include a lounge area for networking and connection. Registrations are encouraged as there are limited spaces available. However, after supporting community initiatives, the team is back on track delivering events and recently announcing some changes within the business. After eight years of dedicated service, conferences and events Manager Jacqui D’Ath has moved on to a new opportunity. Her contributions to the team and the industry will be greatly missed, but the team wishes her all the best in her future endeavors. On a positive note, Hayden Henderson has taken her place, bringing over 15 years of experience in the hotel and tourism industries, both in New Zealand and London. He is passionate about ensuring seamless customer experiences and has hit the ground running in his new role, meeting new clients and driving leading events and conferences towards Napier. The Napier Conferences & Events team is ready to host events again after the challenges faced during Cyclone Gabrielle. Attending Meetings 2023 not only gives the opportunity of introducing Henderson to industry contacts, but also provides a platform to showcase Hawke’s Bay’s offerings as a top conference and event destination. Stop by their stand to introduce yourself and don a virtual reality headset to take a tour of the Napier War Memorial Centre, one of the premier venues in Hawke’s Bay. Knowledge sessions presented by leading thought leaders and regional destination presentations will run throughout the two days of MEETINGS. The knowledge sessions will allow One Destination, Endless Possibilities The Sebel Lower Hutt is a brand new 60-room apartment hotel, conveniently located across the road from the Lower Hutt Events Centre with views of the Hutt River. The hotel offers 24-hour front desk assistance, daily housekeeping, and car parking. The hotels Italian inspired, Grazie restaurant and Pasticceria serves an array of home made fresh pastas, pizzas and breads daily. The five-star Qualmark-rated Lower Hutt Events Centre has hosted events from meetings for 10, workshops for 50, dinners for 500 and cocktail parties for 1,200 as well as theatre performances since opening in 2018. NAPIER CONFERENCES & EVENTS BOUNCES BACK 16 MEETINGS 2023 YOUR PREVIEW Contact M. +64 3 357 6616 T. +64 21 531 583 Entertain your palate at Novotel_ Indulge in a flavourful experience at Food Exchange – featuring international cuisine with panoramic views of the Southern Alps. Meeting_ Talk to our team about flexible conference options for your next meeting or event. Welcome to Novotel Christchurch Airport Novotel Christchurch Airport hotel is the perfect base for corporate travellers or those seeking a hotel located near the airport. With easy access to public transport options, you can venture to Christchurch city centre in less than 15 minutes.

2023 MEETINGS PREVIEW TĀKINA EVENTS IS READY TOWELCOME DELEGATES FORMEETINGS After its ceremonial opening, Tākina Wellington Convention and Exhibition Centre is in its first month of operation. The calendar is brimming with exciting events, including the prestigious MEETINGS, Business Events Industry Aotearoa’s flagship event, which will mark Tākina’s debut as a host for large international exhibitions and the first time MEETINGS is held in the capital city. Tākina Events is the perfect blend of local talent and international expertise, offering an impressive collection of spaces to cater to all types of conferences and events. Our portfolio of spaces features Tākina, a purposebuilt convention centre, and Te Papa, New Zealand’s national museum. Connection with Mana Whenua Mana Whenua has played an essential role in shaping the identity of the building and anchoring it in this place, Te Whanganui-a-Tara. Te Āti Awa Taranaki Whānui contributed significantly by gifting the name Tākina which means to invoke and encounter, speaks to the purpose of Tākina and Te Papa as they serve as venues for people to gather, collaborate, transfer knowledge, and spark fresh ideas. Spanning across the top two levels, the convention spaces have capacities that range from 200 to 1800. On the first convention level, Te Māwehe, visitors can find Rongomātāne, the first plenary hall, and Rongomātāne (Foyer), a pre-function area and exhibition hall and three meeting rooms, Matiu, Mākaro and Mokopuna named after Ngā toka tūmoana a Kupe, the resilient boulders of Kupe or the three islands in Wellington Harbour named after Kupe’s nieces. Similarly, the second convention level, Te Matapuna o te Ora, comprises of Tāwhirimātea, the secondary plenary hall, and Tāwhirimātea (Foyer), a prefunction space and exhibition hall and the Whātaitai meeting room. It is customary tikanga that names typically have roots in stories of the past that are intertwined with rituals associated with the gifting of names. ‘Te Matapuna o te Ora’ arose from sacred and mysterious origins, the foundation and principle of life itself. It represents the essence of life; through the unification of sky father and earth mother; all living things come into being. Tākina is a space that welcomes, inspires thought, and fosters open communication, reflecting Wellington’s distinct character and rich heritage. The unique narrative of Tākina will continue to be shared with visitors for many years to come. Celebrating the capital through cuisine Tākina Events is taking a thoughtful and sustainable approach to its culinary services, focusing on minimising our environmental impact while embracing community grown local produce. “We aim to nourish both people and ideas with sustainable cuisine” says executive Chef Ilavarasu Rajendran. “By using local, seasonal ingredients, we are not only reducing our carbon footprint but also creating a diverse menu that celebrates the flavours and traditions of the surrounding area. Delegates will indulge in the authentic flavour of Wellington, relish in mouthwatering catering options, and partake in our service approach that embodies the essence and liveliness of this dynamic city.” Audio Visual promise Tākina Events Audio Visual team seamlessly integrates local flair, international experience, and national expertise. The convention centre is equipped with market-leading audiovisual and technological assets and has an in-house AV team to ensure seamless, tailor-made hosting of inperson events. Technology is embedded throughout the operations, with a focus on world-class services and seamless coordination. “A primary focus for our audio-visual team has been to ensure that the AV technology and associated capabilities are clearly defined and accurately documented, understanding the need for this crucial information to be made readily available to all clients,” says Tom O’Sullivan, manager of audiovisual events services. Sustainability Tākina is an iconic symbol of Wellington’s commitment to a sustainable future. The building is targeting a 5-Star Green Star Custom Built Rating, New Zealand’s excellence achievement in environmental sustainability. The convention centre’s construction features the use of eco-friendly materials and advanced techniques to reduce water and energy consumption, which guarantees maximum efficiency in operations regardless of the event’s size. By adopting sustainable practices, the convention centre contributes to a more environmentally conscious future for the surrounding region. Tākina Wellington Convention and Exhibition Centre is an exceptional addition to the conference and event industry. With an experienced local team, dedication to sustainability, and commitment to providing an authentic taste of Wellington, Tākina Events is a standout choice for domestic and international conferences. The Tākina Events team is looking forward to welcoming you soon! Tākinabalconyview, Photo: Abbie Dorrington 18 MEETINGS 2023 YOUR PREVIEW

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Held at lunchtime on both days of MEETINGS, the Celebrity Speakers Showcase is unmissable for anyone looking to experience and select some of New Zealand’s best presenters. Louise Ryburn, managing director of Celebrity Speakers, says finding the perfect speaker for your event can be like navigating a labyrinth, with a list of crucial factors that must be taken into consideration. “We exist to make this process easier and seamless through matching the perfect speaker, entertainer or MC to your event, based on your needs. Between the team we have over one hundred years of experience to guide you,” she says. “The Celebrity Speakers Showcase at MEETINGS is a wonderful opportunity to get a glimpse at who is new, topics that are trending, and be inspired for your next event. We carefully select a range of presenters from a variety of backgrounds and areas of expertise that reflect the current market and emerging trends. “We love being part of such a vibrant event that celebrates all the exceptional products and services our industry has to offer and allows us a chance to show our manaakitanga and connect with our clients and new people to the industry,” Ryburn says. BradOlsen KristinaCavit Dave Letele LouiseRyburn Managing Director of Celebrity Speakers NZ PaulaPenfold Eteroa Lafaele LisaKing JaseTePatu WendyPetrie Meet New Zealand’s in-demand presenters at Celebrity Speakers’ Showcase Wednesday 21 June Jase Te Patu: (MC) A popular TED talk speaker, indemand MC and an award-winning wellbeing advocate with over 30 years of experience in the health and wellness sector, Jase Te Patu is the founder and CEO of M3 Mindfulness. Wendy Petrie: A much-loved face of New Zealand television as the former anchor of TVNZ’s flagship One News, viewers and audiences connect with Wendy Petrie’s down to earth yet professional approach, as she shares her story of motivation, building resilience and adaptability. Lisa King: Award-winning entrepreneur, Lisa King is the founder of Eat My Lunch, one of New Zealand’s most successful for-profit social enterprises and the founder of AF Drinks, alcohol free beverages to help the sober curious explore a different relationship with alcohol. Lisa believes that business cannot just be about profits anymore and that business can (and should) bring about social change. Brad Olsen: Chief executive and principal economist at Infometrics, Brad Olsen has risen to be one of New Zealand’s more prominent (and youngest) economic commentators, regularly featuring in the media. An engaging speaker, Brad focuses on getting useful information full of key regional and industry-level economic insights to businesses, decision maker, and the public. Thursday 22 June Paula Penfold (MC): Multi award-winning investigative journalist, Paula Penfold is renowned for communicating complicated stories clearly and effectively. She is most recognisable from her reporting roles on 60 Minutes, 3rd Degree, and 3D, covering some of Aotearoa’s biggest stories. Eteroa Lafaele: A champion for digital equity and an award-winning leader, Eteroa Tusipepa Lafaele is a software engineer, director of Fibre Fale and founder of DigiTautua. She has been recognised for her work in the community and technology industry, including being awarded Young IT Professional of the Year 2021 and the Prime Minister’s Award for STEM 2019. Kristina Cavit: Founder of the Kindness Institute, Kristina Cavit has spent almost a decade working with marginalised communities facing stress and trauma in Aotearoa and around the world. Dave Letele: Former professional boxer, Dave Letele (AKA Brown Buttabean), is a South Auckland community leader who uses his platform to advocate for families in need. An inspiration to thousands of Kiwis, Letele was awarded the 2022 Kiwibank New Zealand Local Hero of the Year Award. CELEBRITY SPEAKERS Meet New Zealand’s in-demand presenters at Celebrity Speakers’ Showcase 2023 MEETINGS PREVIEW 20 MEETINGS 2023 YOUR PREVIEW

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delegates, learning from experts and giving back to the community they are meeting in. We can connect buyers with venues, accommodation providers and suppliers who are committed to local procurement, and sustainable design and practices,” she says. Legacy impact options are as diverse as native tree planting, wildlife conservation, wetland restoration, and equipment building for schools, all making a difference for the community and the environment. The surrounding Canterbury regions of Kaikoura, Timaru and Selwyn will also be represented at MEETINGS, giving buyers an understanding of the urban, alpine and coastal landscapes and experiences close to Christchurch. ChristchurchNZ Business Events will be joined by 11 partners across 16 stands at MEETINGS: Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre, New Zealand’s first nextgeneration venue has celebrated its first year in operation, a strikingly designed landmark sitting in the heart of the city on the banks of the Ōtakaro Avon River. Venues Ōtautahi manages five of Christchurch’s premiere venues, including Christchurch Town Hall, a beautiful riverside architectural masterpiece and a city icon. Christchurch Airport is just minutes from the city centre, welcoming Together with 11 business partners, and Christchurch Airport’s Welcome Lounge, the ChristchurchNZ destination space is set to be an inviting oasis for connection and inspiration. Filled with live native plants, styled by Kim Chan Events, Christchurch’s presence at MEETINGS will mirror the city’s lush green spaces and its commitment to purposeful business events. ChristchurchNZ head of business events, Megan Crum says MEETINGS’ buyers will experience Ōtautahi Christchurch from a holistic perspective and learn about the gems that set it apart. “As New Zealand’s newest city, we are purpose-built for positive outcomes. There’s a real heart and soul to our city that comes from a collaborative approach, putting people and planet first. We have experiences of our heritage, our regeneration, our stunning South Island environment and our exciting future to share,” Crum says. Major milestones over the past few years have brought Christchurch international recognition. In its first year of operation year, the new Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre hosted 234 events for more than 129,700 delegates. Supported by ChristchurchNZ, the city’s business events community is practised at designing events that prioritise sustainability, well-being and deliver meaningful outcomes. “We can help event organisers create a sense of balance for their FIND YOUR SPACE IN ŌTAUTAHI CHRISTCHURCH Ōtautahi Christchurch will be front and centre of the South Island on Level 2 at Tākina for MEETINGS 2023. hundreds of direct international and domestic flights weekly. It is a global leader in conservation and connection, and the first airport in the world to be awarded Level 4 Airport Carbon Accreditation, the highest possible rating. Christchurch Attractions & Hanmer Springs Attractions offer some of the Canterbury region’s most memorable experiences including the heritage Tramway weaving through the heart of the city and punting on the Ōtakaro Avon River. Novotel Christchurch Airport sits beside the airport terminal, a contemporary new building with panoramic views of the Southern Alps, and exceptional and flexible meeting and event spaces. International Antarctic Centre is part of the International Antarctic Programme’s working campus at Christchurch Airport –- one of the world’s key gateways to Antarctica, with excellent meeting and function facilities and unique experiences. Theme Productions, founded in Christchurch, is New Zealand’s largest one-stop production, design and staging company. Haere-roa is the latest addition to the University of Canterbury’s Ilam campus. This multi-function state of the art building is set in beautiful riverside grounds. Selwyn from the Land stretches across the Canterbury Plains, braided rivers and Southern Alps, and is home to a mix of superb venues and an exciting range of experiences. The Mayfair is a brand new boutique hotel set in a prime city location with a fresh take on modern luxury. HOT Events, part of the awardwinning House of Travel Christchurch City, are experts in tailor-making bespoke conferences, incentives, and recognition programmes. WakaonAvon 2023 MEETINGS PREVIEW 22 MEETINGS 2023 YOUR PREVIEW

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What does the New Zealand Vet Association Conference, Six60 and Silver Ferns have in common? They were all hosted in the mighty Waikato – home to Waitomo Caves, Hobbiton Movie Set, the Waikato River and across some of New Zealand’s most versatile and impressive conference and event venues. “Hamilton has the venues and expertise to host some of the biggest events in the country and we’ve seen a big jump in business event bookings for 2023 and 2024,” says Hamilton & Waikato Tourism business events manager, Aimee Tyson. One of the jewels in the region’s business events crown is Claudelands Conference & Exhibition Centre. The premium venue has hosted many of New Zealand’s best-known events, drawing sell-out crowds and providing the capacity required of larger conferences. The Claudelands team has more than 500 years of combined event management experience, with the complex itself offering conferencing facilities across two levels, as well as vast exhibition halls and impressive outdoor areas that lend themselves to trade shows, festivals and outdoor concerts. The venue’s scale ensures it can host conferences for 1,200 or more delegates with ease, as well as smaller business events across many breakout spaces. What’s more, it is just a short walk over Claudelands Bridge and the Waikato River to reach the many bars and eateries in central Hamilton. Alongside Hamilton’s recently completed Ring Road is Hamilton Gardens, offering conferencing facilities and opportunities for creatively themed events. Local event planner The Event Girl is adept at organising conferences and social events to remember – think progressive dinners through the more than 20 themed gardens that have won Hamilton Gardens global acclaim. Other popular business event venues in Hamilton include 217-room Novotel Hamilton Tainui. In the heart of the city, it has space for 300 delegates seated or 200 for a banquet dinner. Hobbiton Movie Set – itself a visitor destination – can host events for 1,000 guests and beyond. These include outdoor space The Yard, the specially constructed Hub with meeting rooms, The Millhouse and the acclaimed Green Dragon Inn of The Hobbit movie fame. For an even closer to nature experience, The Red Barn offera panoramic rural views, or Discover Waitomo with its events spaces and team building facilities on the doorstep of the world-famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Tyson says Waikato is known for agriculture, rich Māori history and a growing tech scene (University of Waikato is home to New Zealand’s Artificial Intelligence Institute). But it has hosted conferences on all manner of topics over the past year. “Part of the draw is its accessibility – Hamilton is within an hour of a half’s drive of Auckland, Tauranga and Rotorua and its airport is well serviced by domestic flights. It also offers a regional experience that makes it stand out from other urban centres,” Tyson says. MIGHTYWAIKATO: HOSTING BUSINESS EVENTS TO REMEMBER 2023 MEETINGS PREVIEW Mount Maunganui business by the beach it’s in our natuRe DISCOVER MORE AT BAYOFPLENTYNZ.COM/MEET 24 MEETINGS 2023 YOUR PREVIEW

2023 MEETINGS PREVIEW Millennium is bringing its signature style and hospitality to a brand-new Club Lounge at MEETINGS 2023. NEWMILLENNIUMCLUB LOUNGE AT TĀKINA Set in a new space off the show floor on the second level of Tākina, the Millennium Club Lounge opens onto Tākina’s deck with views out to Oriental Bay and Te Papa, and promises to be a relaxing and quiet place to escape. Millennium Hotels and Resorts’ reimagined Spin & Win experience will be part of the lounge area, where buyers can win an array of instant prizes, as well as discounts and opportunities for their next events. Sam Horsnell, Millennium Hotels and Resorts director of sales - conferences and incentives, says they are excited to be bringing Millennium’s legendary hospitality back to MEETINGS in this beautiful new space. “We will have bubbles on hand, plenty of comfortable seating, plus working space if buyers need some quiet time to catch up on their emails,” she says. Millennium Hotels and Resorts will be on Stand 200 at MEETINGS, with 18 properties across the country represented under one banner. Grand Millennium Auckland, Copthorne Hotel Wairarapa Solway Park and Millennium Hotel Queenstown are also in attendance supporting their respective regions. “Wednesday evening of MEETINGS will see the return of the Millennium Supper Club, this year hosted at Copthorne Hotel Wellington Oriental Bay, and we are inviting buyers to pop in at any stage throughout the evening,” Sam Horsnell says. 25 MEETINGS 2023 YOUR PREVIEW

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One room. One sound desk. One successful event,” says Ennis. Silent Conference will be operating at the Tourism New Zealand Destination Zone at MEETINGS. Hosts business events with stunning panoramic views of Christchurch, Lyttleton Harbour and beyond. The function venue space on a private floor can be used as a meeting space, conference venue, banquets or cocktail function for up to 100 people, or as a workshop or team-building space that can be complemented by access to the many nearby walking tracks. Christchurch Tram is available for private hire for business events with drinks and canapes and a city tour. The fleet of six restored heritage tramcars accommodate from 22 to 48 guests. Tram passes are also available for events. Christchurch Attractions - Gondola 26 MEETINGS 2023 YOUR PREVIEW