Te Pae Christchurch Finalist for Global Innovation Award

Te Pae Christchurch Finalist for Global Innovation Award

10 June 2022

Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre has firmly announced its arrival on the world stage a month after resuming operations post-covid.

The Centre has been named as a finalist in the International Association of Convention Centres (AIPC) Innovation Award for its Taste of Te Pae Activation Hub initiative.
Te Pae Christchurch is in good company, named alongside six venues from some of the world’s leading conference destinations, including Vienna, Paris, Québec and Taipei.
The Centre is the only New Zealand venue shortlisted and joins fellow ASM Global venue ICC Sydney in the prestigious list.
Ross Steele, Te Pae Christchurch General Manager said the team was thrilled to be recognised as both an international standard venue and leading innovator in the convention space.
“To be named as a finalist alongside some of the world’s top business event venues and destinations is an incredible achievement for a new venue.
“We’re so proud to be putting Te Pae Christchurch and Ōtautahi Christchurch on the world stage,” he said.
The biannual AIPC Innovation Award is designed to showcase and recognise innovation and creative thinking in all areas of centre management, marketing and operations. There are two categories where Te Pae Christchurch has a chance to win, with a delegate’s choice award up for grabs alongside the overall innovation award. Both will be announced at the AIPC Annual Conference in Budapest in July.
The Centre’s Taste of Te Pae activation, launched in response to covid-related delays featured a food truck, as well as activation areas with interactive displays, a virtual reality dome and information about the Centre’s design, cultural narrative and role in the community.

The eight-week pop-up, which took place from March to May 2021, was designed to give the industry, clients and community a realistic view of how Te Pae Christchurch would operate during an event, and highlight the benefits the Centre will provide for the local community.

Te Pae Christchurch to Host Community Day

Te Pae Christchurch to Host Community Day

9 June 2022

Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre is hosting a Community Day on Sunday 17 July 2022 for Ōtautahi Christchurch residents who have supported the Centre on its journey to opening.

The free ticketed event will be a self-guided tour through the Centre taking in all of the building’s key spaces, including the 1,400 seat Auditorium, riverside banquet rooms, 2,800sqm Exhibition Hall and meeting rooms.
It will also provide an opportunity to see the spectacular Hana and other design features up close, as well as learn more about the design and cultural inspiration behind the building.
Tickets will be available on Ticketek from Friday next week (17 June), with further information available on Te Pae Christchurch’s website and social media. To reduce queueing, the event will work on a booking system with entry to the Centre commencing at 9am and taking place every 30 minutes until 6pm.
Te Pae Christchurch General Manager Ross Steele said the Te Pae Christchurch team was eager to showcase the Centre to the community.
“We appreciated all the support from local residents during our pre-opening period and we recognise there is a huge desire from Cantabrians to come and have a look through the building,” he said.
“A small gap in our event schedule aligned perfectly with the July school holidays. We’re hoping people will make a real day out of it and spend time enjoying all the central city has to offer before or after their visit to Te Pae Christchurch.”
Original plans to host an open day in February were scuppered by a change to the traffic light setting.

Te Pae Christchurch Welcomes First Conference

Te Pae Christchurch Welcomes First Conference

3 May 2022

Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre has officially welcomed its first conference through the Centre’s doors, kick starting a full roster of more than 100 events scheduled for the remainder of the year.

Appropriately given the Centre’s status as a major piece of public infrastructure, the inaugural conference was the New Zealand Infrastructure Commission, Te Waihanga Looking Ahead Symposium, during which Te Waihanga launched its Infrastructure Strategy 2022-2052.

Te Pae Christchurch General Manager Ross Steele said the Te Pae Christchurch team had been eagerly awaiting this day.

“It’s wonderful to see the Centre busy and operating as it is meant to be – filled with people connecting face-to-face, sharing knowledge and ideas and engaging in conversations that will have a real impact on our collective future,” he said.

“I could not think of a better way to open our convention account than with the launch of a strategy that will help build a thriving Aotearoa.

“Te Pae Christchurch itself is a crown infrastructure project built to provide economic value to New Zealand and to Ōtautahi Christchurch and with 60 conventions between now and December, along with many other events, we’re excited to get to work and make a difference to our city.”

Te Waihanga Event Manager Chetana Dahya said “It’s been really special to be the very first conference held in Te Pae, and appropriate too for an infrastructure event. We’re really pleased to be a part in the ongoing rejuvenation of Christchurch.

“Te Pae has worked really well for us and our delegates, with plenty of space and great facilities. It’s also meant we’ve had a chance to explore the central city.”

Chris Peak, Project Manager at The Conference Company worked with Te Waihanga and the Te Pae Christchurch team to deliver the event.

“From a planning process, the experience was seamless, you would not have known it was the first event,” he said. “The catering has been top notch, we’ve been really impressed.”

Of the events planned at Te Pae Christchurch for the remainder of 2022, more than 60 are conferences, including eight international events. Combined, they will bring over 67,000 people into the central city, and generate an estimated $37.2 million in direct economic value.

A mix of business and public events, the scheduled events in 2022 include:

  • Harcourts National Convention, May
  • New Zealand Dance Awards, May
  • Christchurch Art Show 2022, June
  • MEETINGS 2022, June
  • Roofing Association of New Zealand Conference, June
  • Bookeepcon 2022, July
  • House of the Year Awards, July
  • Maia Health Foundation FEAST 2022, September
  • Archipro – Meet, Greet & Eat 2022, September
  • Armageddon Expo, December

Mr Steele said looking beyond the end of 2022, the Centre had a solid pipeline of business moving forward.

“In total, through to October 2024, we have 146 events scheduled, which will bring close to 150,000 people into our city and generate more than $74m in direct economic value. This includes 88 conferences, 23 of which are international.


Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre Achieves Gold Standard in Sustainability

Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre Achieves Gold Standard in Sustainability

31 March 2022

Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre has expanded its sustainability credentials, receiving a Gold Sustainable Tourism Business Award from Qualmark.

The award builds on Te Pae Christchurch’s earlier achievement of Toitū enviromark gold certification, and is another step in the right direction for a team committed to safe and sustainable operations and events.

Te Pae Christchurch General Manager Ross Steele said he was very proud of what the team had achieved so soon after opening.

“Very early on in our journey at Te Pae Christchurch we set a standard for how we want to operate and work with clients, suppliers and our industry. Sustainability and strong focus on customer service are key pillars for us and it’s humbling to see our efforts recognised with gold by the Qualmark team.”

Qualmark is judged on sector specific criteria across four areas – economic, environment and culture, social/people and health and safety. Across the 26 criteria Te Pae Christchurch was assessed on, the Centre represented best practice in six, and achieved an excellent or very good score in the remainder.

Two areas the centre performed particularly well in were economic and environment and culture.

Among feedback provided by Qualmark was praise for Te Pae Christchurch‘s commitment to sustainability: “your environmental commitment goes right across every aspect of your core operation”. In making the comment Qualmark touched on the Centre’s partnership with Waste Management to minimise, recycle and measure every possible substance, along with sector-leading initiatives such as the eWater system and GAIA dehydrator for food waste.

Te Pae Christchurch’s underlying kaupapa of manaakitanga was also singled out as a highlight of operations, along with its customer feedback procedures, and the Centre’s strong sense of identity through the cultural narratives underpining its design and place in the city.

Qualmark recognises businesses that are delivering a holistically sustainable experience. Gold is the highest of three levels, recognising the best sustainable tourism businesses in New Zealand – those involved in leading the way in making the New Zealand tourism industry a world class sustainable destination.


Te Pae Christchurch Opens New Generation Gathering Place

Te Pae Christchurch Opens New Generation Gathering Place

17 December 2021

The future is looking bright for Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre ahead of its ceremonial opening today.

The first of three brand new international standard convention centres to open in New Zealand, Te Pae Christchurch has a solid roster of events on its books, including over 50 multi-day conferences, and a number of other events ranging from exhibitions to live entertainment, banquets and smaller meetings and seminars.

Te Pae Christchurch General Manager Ross Steele said while there was a strong contingent of domestic bookings in the first year, it had been pleasing to see the return of interest and bookings from international markets, particularly Australia.

“We can see that people are missing that connection that only comes with being face-to-face, and we know there is pent up demand for New Zealand, in particular Christchurch, so it’s been great see interest translate to bookings for later in 2022 and beyond.”


VIP Dinner Raises $21,500 for Charity

VIP Dinner Raises $21,500 for Charity

30 September 2021

Earlier this year, our charity partner Cholmondeley Children’s Centre held its Sparkle and Shine fundraising event, where guests could bid on an exclusive, one-of-a-kind dining package – the first dinner in Te Pae Christchurch.

We were thrilled to witness an auction result of $21,500 for this incredibly worthy charity, part of the $95,000 raised overall.

Planning is well underway for the dinner and we hope the successful bidders enjoy their exclusive dining experience later this year.

To find out more about how this charity help local families, please visit their website here: https://www.cholmondeley.org.nz/


Cultural Narrative: Te Ngutu

Cultural Narrative: Te Ngutu

30 September 2021

Te Ngutu, our ceremonial entranceway, is currently being assembled onsite at Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre.

Called Te Aika, which means ‘the home people’, this artwork has been designed by Simon Kaan and Rachael Rakena, with SCAPE Public Art producing the structure in collaboration with Matapopore. The design was inspired by the distinctive southern maihi, or diagonal bargeboards, on whare on the bank of the Horotueka (Cam River).

Other influences include: the kōtuku, which is considered a good omen; karanga weaving imagery as a tribute to Ngāi Tūāhuriri wāhine (women); the kahu huruhuru or cloak as a symbol of welcome, warmth, mana and protection; and Te Ao Mārama or world of world of life and light (wisdom and understanding).

This artwork represents much more than a physical presence outside of Te Pae Christchurch. It depicts the history and fabric that makes up the Canterbury region, as well as the people that live there, and New Zealand’s culture and identity.


Te Pae Christchurch Strikes Gold with Sustainable Operations

Te Pae Christchurch Strikes Gold with Sustainable Operations

27 September 2021

Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre has struck gold, achieving Toitū enviromark gold certification ahead of its December opening.

The Toitū enviromark programme has been tailored for New Zealand businesses so they can establish, implement, and maintain an effective environmental management system.

General Manager Ross Steele said to receive Toitū enviromark gold was a huge achievement for the team.
“From the outset the Te Pae Christchurch team has been committed to sustainable operations and taking positive environmental action. We are exceptionally proud to reach this milestone in our pre-opening phase, particularly given how challenging the past few months have been.”

Enviromark Programme Advisor Chris Bailey said at gold level, certified organisations have implemented controls for both regulatory obligations and significant opportunities to improve their performance. Impacts are measured so they can be properly managed on an ongoing basis.

“Te Pae Christchurch chose to proactively implement managing their environmental risks and opportunities,” Mr Bailey said.

“Well before the opening of the Centre, the team at Te Pae Christchurch mapped out their business activities and identified any significant impacts arising from those business partners they might influence. By implementing control systems well in advance of opening, Te Pae Christchurch is managing their risks and opportunities from the start.”

Te Pae Christchurch has been working with Toitū since early 2020. Venue Presentation Manager Jason Stewart has led the programme internally.

“The process to certification has had many benefits. It’s helped us nail down the goals we want to achieve as a business and the improvements needed to be more sustainable and environmentally conscious,” Mr Stewart said. “And by getting every department thinking about what they do and the impact it has, it has solidified our environmental mindset.”

Mr Stewart said with New Zealand’s reputation as a clean green destination, and venue sustainability becoming more important to clients during the decision making process, it was important Te Pae Christchurch aligned with New Zealand’s strongest environmental programme. “Toitū fits that bill with a wealth of experience providing a strong level of mentoring and guidance to support not only our team but also our clients.”


Te Pae Christchurch Launches Recruitment Drive

Te Pae Christchurch Launches Recruitment Drive

18 June 2021

Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre is on the hunt for around 100 new staff members to join its team ahead of the centre’s opening in October.

The centre commenced its largest ever recruitment drive today, offering an array of casual roles across its Culinary Services, Event Services and Venue Presentation departments.

Among the positions on offer are wait staff, baristas, supervisors and kitchen hands, along with guest assistants, audio-visual technicians and housekeeping attendants.

With more than 70 events on its books, ranging from small degustation dinners to multi-day conventions and exhibitions, the centre is hoping for applications from a broad range of candidates, whether they are looking for a casual job with flexible hours, or considering a career in hospitality.

Successful candidates will receive at a minimum the living wage, along with full training, uniform and subsidised meals during their shift.

Te Pae Christchurch General Manager Ross Steele said now the opening date for the centre had been announced it was full steam ahead for recruitment, with around 100 casual positions needing to be filled over the coming months.

“As a regeneration project, Te Pae Christchurch has a responsibility to our city and residents to drive economic growth. Part of the way we do this is through job creation, specifically jobs that appeal and are suitable for a diverse cross section of the community, and which pay the living wage,” he said.

“There may be people who want to work with us because of the difference we will make to our city, others because they are interested in the building’s design or technology, or because they want a career in the hospitality sector. We’d love to hear from them all,” Mr Steele said.

As part of the ASM Global group, the world’s largest venue management company with more than 300 venues worldwide, Te Pae Christchurch is also uniquely placed to provide opportunities to gain international experience and knowledge at a local level, perfect for those considering hospitality as a career or who may be looking to upskill in their chosen area.

To apply, people can visit the careers page at tepae.co.nz or keep an eye out for one of the job advertisements on social media, SEEK or Trade Me.


Te Pae Christchurch Open for Business in October

Te Pae Christchurch Open for Business in October

2 June 2021

Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre will open for business in late October with a solid roster of domestic and Australasian events planned for its opening months.

Te Pae Christchurch General Manager Ross Steele said the team was thrilled to be in a position to confirm the centre’s opening, and provide clients with the additional certainty they need to forge ahead with planning their events.

“As the first of New Zealand’s new generation of convention centres to open we have a unique opportunity to put New Zealand business events back on the world stage, while at the same time showcasing the very best Ōtautahi Christchurch has to offer,” he said.

“The opening of the trans-Tasman bubble provided an inital confidence boost to event organisers, and we hope the confirmation of our opening will provide further assurances that Ōtautahi Christchurch, and in particular Te Pae Christchurch, is the ideal location for their events.”

With less than five months until opening, Te Pae Christchurch currently has around 70 events on its books, including the New Zealand College of Midwives conference and the Australasian Coasts and Ports convention. Combined, the events will see more than 129,000 people through the venue, including around 20,000 new convention delegates.

“The support from clients and suppliers as we have finalised our opening has been invaluable, and speaks volumes about their view of Te Pae Christchurch and our offering,” Mr Steele said.

“Te Pae Christchurch is an international standard venue, backed by a world-leading venue management company in ASM Global, and we have set high standards to reach for our clients.

“Over the past few months our team has had the opportunity to put their skills to use operating our activation hub and the learnings we have taken from that experience have refined our processes and service levels to ensure we meet those standards for our clients,” he said.

“Until then, our team is looking forward to welcoming the world to Te Pae Christchurch and working with clients to plan for their success.”