New Zealand is keen to attract international conferences to help support its ambitious agenda in research, science and innovation. A compact city proud of its collaboration, Wellington is home to most of the country’s central government agencies, world-class educational institutes, crown research institutes and a flourishing information and communications technology industry. Boasting innovative start-ups alongside established brands like Xero, it’s easy to tap into local high-profile speakers.
A place of innovation for events
New Zealand has a master plan - the New Zealand Research, Science and Innovation Strategy - to deliver a productive, sustainable and inclusive future. This ambitious agenda includes tackling big challenges such as the transition to a zero-carbon economy by 2050, growing, preserving and protecting the environment, creating fulfilling and high-value jobs and increasing wellbeing. It’s a vision that would see New Zealand become a global innovation hub and a world-class generator of new ideas by 2027.
Safety and security
New Zealand is one of the safest countries in the world to visit. Wellington ranked first city in the world for environmental security and seventh for personal security in The Economist's 2021 Safe Cities Index. It also ranked third happiest city in 2020 in the UN World Happiness Report.
With its beautiful landscapes and friendly people, it also has a reputation as a progressive nation full of creative idea-makers delivering new solutions. It’s a country that’s achieved many milestones, such as women’s rights and environmental and employment rights, as well as being a strong advocate of progress, change, improvement and reform. It also provides a stunning backdrop to the many Hollywood blockbusters filmed there.
Where collaboration comes naturally
As a Pacific nation, New Zealand works closely with its neighbours to help address the challenges they face, including climate change, and it is pumping millions of dollars into projects as part of that commitment.
Wellington is a city where collaboration comes naturally. The relationships with its Pacific neighbours further strengthen ties and provides opportunities for conference organisers to expand attendance and associations to extend their membership.
Wellington, the vibrant capital of New Zealand
A progressive nation, New Zealand’s leadership in climate action and targets for a zero carbon footprint stem from its Government, based in Wellington, the political and geographical heart of the country.
Proud to be known as one of the top places in the world that will epitomise the future of work - Wellington ranked as one of 21 ‘places of the future’ by US technology giant Cognizant - it may be compact, but it’s a connected and collaborative city that has big ambition.
A new purpose-built premium conference and exhibition space, Tākina, will open in 2023 in the city’s cultural precinct. Inspired by Wellington's dramatic landscape and environment, Tākina has been designed with an immersive delegate experience in mind.
A visit to New Zealand is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for delegates. Wellington, a sophisticated city hub of industry and culture, is ideally located right in the heart of the country.