Meeting Newz Septeber / October 2022

[I NDUSTRY NEWS +64 3 443 0017 events@edgewater.co.nz www.edgewater.co.nz CONFERENCE & EVENTS at the water’s edge Looking for a space for your next conference or event? Edgewater has a range of lake view rooms, catering options and full on-site coordination Contact the Events Team at Edgewater for a personalized quote Experts on workforce training, sustainability, and future strategies are set to share their insights with Business Events Industry Aotearoa’s (BEIA) members at Ignite the Future conference in early October. BEIA’s annual conference will be held in Hawke’s Bay at Napier Conference Centre from 4 to 6 October, and opened on Wednesday 5 October by Minister for Tourism and Economic Development, Hon Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre has reached a significant milestone, hosting 100 events in the four and a half months since its first conference in May. The 100th event was the Take Charge Christchurch Expo hosted by the Christchurch City Council. The free public expo featured more than 50 electric battery vehicles in and around the centre, and attracted close to 9,000 visitors. Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre general manager Ross Steele says given the support from the Ōtautahi Christchurch community since the centre began operations, it was only fitting the 100th event was for the public. Stuart Nash who is also MP for Napier. BEIA chief executive, Lisa Hopkins says the conference kicks off with an interactive workshop on the big issues facing the sector, and BEIA’s strategy for the way forward. “As we face limited staffing resources, added pressure on venues, and shorter lead times, Covid has made us think differently. Industry experts will give perspectives on the three most challenging subjects for our sector right now – people training and professional development, sustainability initiatives, and customer expectations. “Our industry members can take a deep dive into the subjects critical to our sector’s success going forward, and there will be plenty of chance for feedback,” she says. One of New Zealand’s most well-respected and recognisable names, media presenter Hilary Barry will start day two with her take on the ultimate storytelling, sponsored by Celebrity Speakers. The new space at Toitoi - Hawke's Bay Arts and Event Centre is the venue for a Great Gatsby-themed dinner - Deco, Diamonds, and Decadence - on 6 October, with Outstanding Contributor Awards for 2021 and 2022 to be presented. “We’re delighted that our milestone 100th event was one that supported our city and the community, particularly given that Te Pae Christchurch was built as a regeneration project for Ōtautahi Christchurch,” Steele says. “It’s been fantastic to attract and host so many events that we can see are having a direct and positive impact on businesses across the city.” Of the 100 events so far, Te Pae Christchurch has hosted 36 multi-day conferences, including two international events; 30 banquets, 27 meetings and seminars, six exhibitions and one live entertainment event. Big issues on the agenda for BEIA Te Pae reaches significant milestone Hilary Barry BioTechNZ and NZTech are launching New Zealand’s first Life Sciences Summit in a bid to grow the country’s biotech sector. Wellington is named host of the event in a multi-year contract between signatories BioTechNZ, WellingtonNZ, and Business Events Wellington, and supported by conference organiser Brightstar and Tourism New Zealand’s Business Events team. The first conference will take place 22-23 March 2023 at Shed 6, a waterfront venue. From 2024 onwards, the conference will be based at Wellington’s new convention centre, Tākina, with the aim of growing the event year on year to attract wider domestic and international audiences. “Our objective is to bring New Zealand’s biotechnology and life sciences industries together across the sectors, including agricultural, environmental, industrial and human health,” says BioTechNZ executive director Zahra Champion. “Having this breadth of participants highlights New Zealand’s capability, and promotes research and commercial opportunities to solve the biggest challenges on the planet. “New Zealand ranks fourth in the world for innovation potential in biotech. Our vibrant sector is small but growing with 211 companies and $2.7 billion in revenue. Globally, biotechnology is expected to be worth $1.1 trillion by 2025, so it makes sense that we explore all possible opportunities. “There has never been a more important time to elevate the science of making our world more resilient through sustainably transforming the food system, protecting our environment, and facilitating breakthroughs in health, green energy and biobased manufacturing.” Wellington to host New Zealand’s first Life Sciences Summit [4] meeting newz [sept oct] 2022

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