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/

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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.

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All about Australia and Aotearoa

All about Australia and Aotearoa

25 May 2021

Our Business Development team are delighted to be back on the road, attending several meetings and exhibitions across Aotearoa New Zealand and Australia.


Already this month, several members of the team have been travelling throughout New Zealand connecting with current and potential clients during a series of sales calls, with more planned as we move closer to opening.

From 2-3 June, our Director of Business Development Gillian will be joined by our General Manager Ross Steele and Business Development Managers Angela and Mel at the MEETINGS tradeshow in Auckland. After missing out on the event due to Covid last year, the team are excited to collaborate and network with New Zealand’s business events industry, and provide an update on the Centre and our opening. If you are at MEETINGS, please stop by our stand (#173), we would love to see you.

In late June, Gillian will also take part in IBTM Wired, a virtual version of one of our industry’s biggest international conferences.

Meanwhile in Australia, our long awaited Business Events Christchurch collaboration with ChristchurchNZ and Tourism New Zealand, first announced at AIME 2020 but delayed due to Covid, will commence in early June, and our Australian Business Development Manager Heidi will spend time with clients on Australia’s east coast.

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Meet the team behind Te Pae Christchurch

Meet the team behind Te Pae Christchurch

25 May 2021

Gillian Officer is our Director of Business Development, and with over 25 years’ experience working in convention centres across Aotearoa New Zealand, she has helped plan and execute many successful events.


Tasked with managing the Centre’s Business Development team, and securing a roster of events that will provide long term benefits to our city and its residents, it is her drive to help clients host memorable events that makes her a valuable and experienced asset in the lead up to our opening this year.

Te Pae Christchurch’s Business Development team is committed to working closely with clients to fulfil their needs and achieve success. They are enthusiastic and driven to bring the city of Ōtautahi Christchurch to the national and international events market.

“All our events at Te Pae Christchurch are going to benefit the community of Christchurch and wider New Zealand by bringing in visitation above and beyond what’s already here,” says Gillian.

“The level of interest we are seeing in the venue is heartening, with enquiries starting to translate into a strong schedule of bookings. Our whole team is looking forward to delivering great events for our clients when we open.”

Get in touch with Gillian to enquire about booking your next event, email [email protected]

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