About Us

Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre has been designed as Ōtautahi Christchurch’s ‘gathering place’. A key part of the regeneration of the city, the Government’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.

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 central to our land and people, mountains are a key element on the southern landscape, just as Te Pae is a central 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 natural 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.

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.

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

Combining the depth of our local experience with the support of the world’s leading venue management company, 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

About Ross Steele:

Ross was appointed general manager in early 2019, and is responsible for successfully marketing the centre to the national and international convention market. He brings more than 20 years’ convention centre business experience to the role. Prior to joining Te Pae Christchurch, Ross managed the Cairns Convention Centre in Queensland for 12 years. Cairns Convention Centre was regularly voted amongst the top convention centre’s in the world (AIPC World’s Best Congress Centre’s Awards, including World’s Best Congress Centre in 2014).

Ben Buchanan

Director of Business Services

About Ben Buchanan:

Ben is a qualified chartered accountant whose career spans across a number of convention centres and entertainment venues. Following his first venue role with the finance team at Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Ben moved to Newcastle Entertainment Centre before becoming one of the first employees in the ICC Sydney pre-opening team. Ben counts his team’s opening of ICC Sydney as a career highlight, helping deliver Australia’s largest convention centre and providing him with the experience essential to opening a venue like Te Pae Christchurch.

Gillian Officer

Director of Business Development | International Markets

About Gillian Officer:

A business events professional of more than 20 years, Gillian specialises in venue management and has worked for a number of well-known New Zealand venues, including the SKYCITY Convention Centre, The Edge Auckland Convention Centre, and The Wellington Convention Centre.

From kitchen management to event planning, right through to business development, Gillian has a wealth of knowledge in events and venue management.

Darren Tait

Director of Culinary Services

About Darren Tait:

Darren has more than 25 years’ senior management experience in both New Zealand and the UK, where he worked in the finest country house hotels in Scotland and large function venues in England, as well as the largest entertainment venue in Christchurch. Prior to joining Te Pae, Darren was the food and beverage manager at Christchurch Casino where he managed six restaurants and bars and a large function space.

From kitchen management to event planning, right through to business development, Gillian has a wealth of knowledge in events and venue management.

Vanessa McBean

Director of Human Resources

About Vanessa McBean:

Vanessa began her career in hospitality at the Regent Auckland Hotel more than 30 years ago. Vanessa has held various hotel operations and food and beverage management roles in locations across New Zealand – including Turoa Ski Field. Vanessa moved into human resources in 2011. Before joining Te Pae Christchurch, she was the regional HR manager at Farmers for six years.

Ken Davidson

Director of Building Services

About Ken Davidson:

Ken has worked in the hospitality industry for more than 20 years. His career has spanned across leading local hotels, including the Novotel Queenstown and the Grand Mercure St Moritz where he worked as a chief engineer. Ken also has experience working on hotels in Sydney, Auckland and the Mackenzie Country.

How to say ‘ Te Pae’

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

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

Te as in ‘ten’

Pae sounds like ‘eye’

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