Around New Zealand

Hospitality NZ Conference being held in Christchurch

Thursday, 18 July 2024 02:14

The Hospitality NZ conference and trade show (#HNZ24) returns at the end of the month with a stellar line-up of speakers, MC’s and trade partners, focused around the theme “Becoming the Industry of Choice.”

Wellington wins Home Economics world congress

Thursday, 11 July 2024 00:36

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

NZICC Appoints First Major Supplier

Tuesday, 04 June 2024 01:39

The New Zealand International Convention Centre (NZICC) have appointed NW Group as the venue’s in-house audio-visual and production supplier.

Christchurch wins GIScience 2025 conference

Monday, 27 May 2024 20:38
Christchurch, New Zealand is set to host more than 300 leading international scientists for the 13th International Conference on Geographic Information Science (GIScience) in 2025.

Auckland cracks top 100 in international conference ratings

Monday, 27 May 2024 01:38

Auckland’s business events sector is bouncing back with new International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) statistics ranking the city in the top 100 worldwide for hosting international conferences. 

Conference win will showcase Auckland’s AI capability

Monday, 27 May 2024 01:19

Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) research will be on global display when the city hosts the 31st International Conference of Neural Information Processing 2024 (ICONIP) this December.

Electrifying Queenstown Summit to inspire businesses to decarbonise

Sunday, 26 May 2024 23:38

Queenstown Lakes’ commitment to a carbon-zero visitor economy will be brought to life for business owners and tourism operators at the region’s inaugural Electrifying Queenstown business summit next month.

Wellington welcomes international tourism industry

Tuesday, 21 May 2024 00:26

Wellington has positioned itself in the international tourism and trade space by hosting New Zealand’s largest international tourism business event for the first time ever.

Napier hones its business events strategy

Monday, 20 May 2024 03:52

A strategy day for Napier Conferences & Events this month also marked more than a decade of the organisation’s relationship with Tourism Marketing Solutions (TMS).

Groundbreaking international summit connects indigenous community

Wednesday, 08 May 2024 01:12

Delegates from the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand are set to meet in Rotorua this July. For a groundbreaking international summit bringing together the indigenous business and finance community to explore opportunities to grow the indigenous economy globally.

New TranzAlpine travel experience launched by Great Journeys NZ

Sunday, 05 May 2024 23:38

Great Journeys New Zealand has officially launched a brand-new immersive travel experience on the TranzAlpine Scenic Train Journey.

New alliance aims to elevate Auckland's appeal for Chinese business travellers

Monday, 22 April 2024 21:49

Connecting Auckland with high value Chinese business travellers is the impetus behind a new partnership between Tātaki Auckland Unlimited, Auckland Airport, and China Southern Airlines. 

New Experience available at Hanmer Springs

Monday, 22 April 2024 00:29

Hanmer Springs Attractions are excited to announce their newest activity available at their adventure hub in Hanmer Springs.

Conferences generate off-peak benefits for Christchurch

Thursday, 18 April 2024 02:42
Large international conferences are being attracted to Christchurch for its world-acclaimed new infrastructure, attractive setting, and local expertise.

Funding cuts endanger Waikato’s tourism industry, say local leaders

Thursday, 28 March 2024 01:42

Tourism operators across the Waikato have joined Hamilton & Waikato Tourism chair Richard Leggat in expressing “grave concerns” about proposed council funding cuts for the region’s tourism organisation and the resulting impact on the Waikato visitor sector.

Arinex famil wows Australasian associations

Tuesday, 26 March 2024 04:30

Association executives from across Australia were invited to view, taste and experience what would tempt their conferences across the Tasman on an Educational event organised by Tourism New Zealand and Arinex. (March 18-23) 

Australian buyers experience Wellington

Tuesday, 26 March 2024 00:33

Five association executives and event organisers from Australia recently immersed themselves in the Wellington event scene, exploring the capital’s walkable streets and diverse array of venues, accommodation, and attractions.

Growth Marks One-Year Anniversary of Tūwhana Business Events Programme

Monday, 18 March 2024 22:14

Powerhouse city champions have joined the Tūwhana business events advocate programme, elevating the initiative to new heights at its first anniversary.

Auckland wins world dairy summit

Tuesday, 12 March 2024 01:27

Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland will host the International Dairy Federation’s (IDF) World Dairy Summit in 2026, anticipated to attract over 1000 industry leaders and scientific experts to the New Zealand International Convention Centre (NZICC).  

More accommodation planned for Hamilton

Monday, 11 March 2024 21:39

Hamilton City Council has signed a conditional agreement to sell properties at 242-254 Victoria Street to one of New Zealand’s largest developers, Templeton Group.

ICCA Researcher of the Year Award for Te Pae Christchurch

Monday, 04 March 2024 21:24

Erwin Matheeuwsen, research coordinator at Te Pae is 2023 ICCA Researcher of the Year Award.  

Business Events Expo exhibitor registrations open

Sunday, 03 March 2024 22:19

Exhibitor registrations have opened for the Business Events Expo being held on 19 November at Viaduct Events Centre, Auckland.

Famil to Kirikiriroa – Where stories come alive

Monday, 26 February 2024 22:23

H3 Group and Accor hosted a group of New Zealand delegates on a famil last week to Hamilton, Kirikiriroa. The journey of exploration and discovery uncovered fresh delights and exciting developments in the city.

New management for Event Impressions

Sunday, 25 February 2024 22:37

One of New Zealand’s leading event companies, Event Impressions is now under the stewardship of Deb Wootton.

Conference benefits go beyond the economics – Business Events Wellington

Wednesday, 07 February 2024 00:45

Conference benefits go beyond the economics – Business Events Wellington

Horizon Hotel Auckland to open in March

Sunday, 14 January 2024 23:22

New Auckland five-star hotel Horizon by SkyCity will open to guests from 1 March 2024.

Scenic Plus launches on Coastal Pacific

Sunday, 17 December 2023 20:32

The iconic Coastal Pacific scenic train has returned to its seven days a week schedule, and is now offering an enhanced premium experience for visitors.

Dunedin's new Destination campaign

Tuesday, 12 December 2023 20:36

Enterprise Dunedin, the Dunedin City Council’s economic development department has launched a new destination campaign designed to encourage people to consider visiting Ōtepoti Dunedin by challenging what they think they know about the city.

Chch President, Victoria Wales collects International Skål Awards 

Tuesday, 05 December 2023 22:30

Christchurch International Skål President and Chair of the International Membership Committee, Victoria Wales from HOT Events has recently returned from the Skål World Congress in Malaga, Spain where she picked up several key awards.

Wellington wins Asia Pacific IP Conference

Monday, 04 December 2023 01:28

Wellington has won the Asia Pacific Network Information Centre Conference (APNIC 58) for the first time.

Napier War Memorial hosts business awards

Wednesday, 29 November 2023 21:06

The Napier Conferences & Events team collaborated with the Hawke's Bay Chamber of Commerce for the Datacom Hawke's Bay Business Awards, held at the Napier War Memorial Centre in mid November. The event showcased a diverse range of businesses from Hawke’s Bay.

Tākina Events celebrates six months

Wednesday, 29 November 2023 21:00

Six months ago, Tākina Wellington Exhibition and Convention Centre opened its doors, signalling a new chapter for business events in Wellington. Operated by Tākina Events, Wellington's largest built infrastructure investment in over twenty years has welcomed over 22,000 delegates.

Christchurch wins 2025 biology conference

Wednesday, 22 November 2023 23:15

Christchurch is to host 300 leading international scientists for CRISPR 2025, the first time the genome biology conference has been held in the Southern Hemisphere.

ICMS Growing business events for Christchurch

Tuesday, 14 November 2023 02:28

Professional Conference Organiser ICMS Australasia, which opened a Christchurch office in March this year, has a strategy to grow the event pie for the benefit of the entire industry and local suppliers.

IWPC2023: A gathering of great women in Auckland

Monday, 13 November 2023 23:50

The speakers, the venue, the city, the delegates – even the weather played a part in making the 2023 International Women in Policing Conference (IWPC2023) in Auckland unforgettable for all the right reasons. 

Conference win underlines Wellington New Zealand’s open learning opportunities

Monday, 13 November 2023 22:21

Te Pūkenga and Massey University Te Kunenga ki Pūrehuroa have won their joint bid to host the International Council for Open and Distance Education’s (ICDE) 30th World Conference in Wellington in 2025. The win was announced at this year’s ICDE World Conference in Costa Rica.

Te Pae wins sustainable tourism award

Monday, 06 November 2023 03:14

Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre has been awarded the 2023 Skål International Sustainable Tourism Award in the Community and Government Projects category.

More prizes on offer at Business Events Expo

Monday, 06 November 2023 03:09

The upcoming Business Events Expo has announced another major prize – a trip to Fiji – that will be available to trade visitng the event.

Corporate PA Summit at Cordis Auckland

Tuesday, 31 October 2023 21:08

The Corporate PA Summit took place in Auckland on Tuesday at the Cordis Auckland.  

Providing the Motive – three years on

Wednesday, 25 October 2023 20:37

A big ‘dose of gumption’, demand from clients and support from suppliers are all factors in Motive Events’ success, let alone survival, over the past three years, the company’s directors say.

Prizes on offer at The Business Events Expo

Monday, 09 October 2023 22:20

Plenty of prizes are on offer at the Business Events Expo on 21 November at the Viaduct Events Centre Auckland.  Buyers are encouraged to register early to not miss out and can do so by clicking here.

New DMC dedicated to offering NZ experiences

Wednesday, 04 October 2023 21:48

A new destination management company (DMC) dedicated to curating and delivering local conference and incentive experiences throughout New Zealand has officially launched today.

Wellington business events grow in scale and share

Sunday, 24 September 2023 23:13

Te Whanganui a Tara Wellington hosted a total of 758 conferences in the 2022/2023 year, including 541 multi-day events.

New Queenstown DMO board announced

Monday, 11 September 2023 00:43

The board of directors for Destination Southern Lakes, the new destination management organisation (DMO) for the Queenstown and Wānaka region.

Worcester Bridge punting site to re-open Wednesday

Monday, 11 September 2023 00:35

Punting on the Avon is re-opening their Worcester Bridge site for daily tours from this Wednesday.

Restored Napier War Memorial officially open

Tuesday, 05 September 2023 23:31

The Napier War Memorial now has its essential elements back in place for the whole community to visit. It was reopened, after a significant rebuild, in August 2023 and rededicated to the fallen by Napier Mayor Kirsten Wise.


Located to the right of the main entrance to the Napier War Memorial Centre, the memorial creates a beautiful sanctuary in the centre of the city for everyone to enjoy.


The roll of honour plaques and eternal flame have been returned to the site. The plaques have been fully restored by an expert stonemason after each name was checked and researched by historians. The flame has been reinstated to a custom-made plinth on the upper pond.


New features include a ‘living roll’ with the names of the fallen and a QR-enabled link so people can discover more information about each name through their mobile phones. Ceiling panels along the ‘arrow head’ pavillion include some that are red to represent red poppies. A single purple panel is for the purple poppy associated with animals used in war such as dogs, horses and pigeons.

The 1955 floral clock has been restored by specialist horologists and returned to a location a few metres from its original home. It has been planted with flowers prepared in the Napier nursery including hundreds of pansys.


The Napier War Memorial creates a space that people can visit to take a moment, to remember and reflect, a place of tranquility and a wonderful addition to the Napier War Memorial Centre.


New Ballroom name honours original architect

To honour the original architect of the Napier War Memorial Centre, we're pleased to announce that the ballroom has been officially named Natusch Ballroom.

Guy Natusch was born and raised in Hawke’s Bay and had a life-long passion for Napier and its built environment. A third-generation architect, he worked in the family firm established in 1886. He was the architect of the original War Memorial Hall, opened in 1957 and many of the elements in the restored memorial reflect his designs.

New Zealand Tourism Awards finalists revealed

Tuesday, 05 September 2023 23:23

The New Zealand Tourism Awards 2023 finalists have been announced  The awards, presented by Tourism Industry Aotearoa (TIA), showcase and celebrate the very best of New Zealand tourism’s individual and business successes.

Winning Wellington turns to conference goals

Monday, 28 August 2023 05:23

As Te Whanganui a Tara Wellington farewells the football frenzy that drew more than 230,000 fans to the city, it is looking to new goals, welcoming more than 40 notable multi-day conferences over the next few months.

Wellington to host the 48th ICTM in 2025

Friday, 11 August 2023 02:18

Wellington will welcome music and dance scholars from around the globe in 2025, as the World Conference of the International Council for Traditional Music (ICTM) comes to New Zealand for the first time.

Amway to spend $40million in NZ

Friday, 11 August 2023 00:15

New Zealand has secured the annual Amway Distributor seminar which will provide a welcome boost of an estimated $40 million to New Zealand’s economy. 

General Travel celebrates 50 years

Tuesday, 08 August 2023 03:44

Suppliers, team members and other industry partners dressed the part (70s style) and joined in the celebrations when inbound tor operator General Travel marked 50 years of operation on Sunday night.

ACVE adds Collective to its catering roster

Wednesday, 02 August 2023 06:31

Auckland Conventions, Venues & Events (ACVE) has added Collective Hospitality to its list of preferred caterers across its 11 Auckland venues.

Auckland wins RACMA conference in October

Tuesday, 18 July 2023 02:46

Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland will welcome medical leaders from across Australasia when it hosts The Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators (RACMA) Conference this October.