About Us

About Us

Te Pae Christchurch is not just a place, it is our people.

Combining the depth of our local experience with the breadth of ASM Global’s international expertise, we’re ideally positioned to establish Christchurch as a leading, world-class venue, attracting interest from a diverse range of international sectors.

In doing so, our focus is also on making a significant and lasting contribution to our community and region – and helping our like-minded clients, guests and delegates do the same. By bringing delegates to our city, we’ll also be the catalyst for greater social and economic investment in Christchurch.

We aim to serve our community by being active in it and delivering an authentic and collaborative view of Christchurch and Canterbury, now and into the future.

Ross Steele
General Manager
Ben Buchanan
Director of Business Services
Gillian Officer
Director of Business Development
+64 3 266 1403 Connect
Karine Legeay-Fisher
Director of Event Services
+64 3 266 1409 Connect
Darren Tait
Director of Culinary Services
Vanessa McBean
Director of Human Resources
Ken Davidson
Director of Building Services

The meaning of 'Te Pae'

Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre has been designed as the city's ‘gathering place’. A key part of the regeneration of Christchurch, the country’s investment in Te Pae Christchurch is set to act as a catalyst – not only for the growth and development of the city, but as a way of building lasting social, cultural and economic connections between the region and the world.                                                                                                                  

Our Name             

The meaning of ‘Te Pae.’

Our name, ‘Te Pae’ draws inspiration from several phrases in Te Reo Māori:

Te Pae Maunga – our mountain views.

The source of our origin and c entral to our land and people, mountains are a key element on the Southern landscape, just as Te Pae is a c entral point within our city.

Te Pae Whenua – the vast plains we inhabit.

With our strong ties to mountains and the rivers and plains they create, it is only natur al this influence can be found in the building’s design, where shapes and lines represent the contours of our Southern Alps and braided rivers of Canterbury.

Te Pae Tangata – a place to meet and converse.

To talk, to be hosted, to share, entertain and inform… for Christchurch, Te Pae Christchurch is a gathering place


How to say ' Te Pae'

Te Reo Māori is the indigenous language of New Zealand and one our three official languages.

Here’s a guide on how to pronounce Te Pae:

Te as in ‘tear’

Pae sounds like ‘pie’


manaakitanga - Hospitality

manaakitanga – it’s our way of welcoming you

New Zealanders place enormous value on our long tradition of being hosts: we call it manaakitanga. At Te Pae Christchurch, we want you to experience our special way of making people feel welcome.

For us, planning an event at Te Pae Christchurch is about more than a visit – it is about designing a tailored experience. We will go out of our way to ensure guests can enjoy a fully immersive encounter with our city and

its people. We want them to make the most of every moment of their trip and leave having gained a new and rich experience of not only their field of expertise, but our culture, heritage and environment.


Global Advantage, Local Expertise

Proudly managed by ASM Global

Te Pae Christchurch is proudly managed by ASM Global, a highly experienced venue management group with a long-standing track record of successfully operating and marketing convention and exhibition centres, theatres, arenas and sporting stadia across the world.

A Global Network

ASM Global is the world’s leading venue management and services company. The company was formed by the merger of AEG Facilities and SMG, global leaders in venue and event strategy and management. The company’s elite venue network spans five continents, with a portfolio of more than 300 of the world’s most prestigious arenas, stadiums, convention and exhibition centres, and performing arts venues.


Ōtākaro Limited

Te Pae is being provided by Ōtākaro, the Government-owned company set up to deliver the Crown-led anchor projects in central Christchurch.