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Operator will showcase Christchurch to attract meetings

AEG Ogden, the newly unveiled operator of the AUS$400m Christchurch Convention and Exhibition Centre, Te Pae, has said it will tap into the city’s key industries to attract major international meetings.

The venue management company, which runs the ICC Sydney and the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, amongst others, said the venue would benefit from its ‘global connections’.

Chairman and CEO, Harvey Lister, said: “We intend applying our expertise to showcase Christchurch’s world-class innovation, techniques, research and best practices in the city’s key industry sectors of earth science, health science, international education, agriculture, ICT and building technology. Our aim is to attract major conventions which will provide a significant economic boost and showcase the talent of the Christchurch and New Zealand communities.”

Scheduled to start hosting events in October next year, Te Pae will accommodate 2,000 delegates. It will have a 1,400 seat auditorium, 3,600 sqm of exhibition space and 24 meeting rooms.

Owner Ōtākaro’s CEO John Bridgman said: “Te Pae is over a quarter of the way through construction. Work on the steel framework for the exhibition hall is nearing completion, giving people a greater appreciation of the scale of New Zealand’s second largest conference and exhibition facility,”.

The new centre, on the banks of the Avon River, is a central plank in the redevelopment of Christchurch following the 2011 earthquake, which killed 185 people and left many of the city’s principle buildings, including the old convention centre, in need of demolition.

Ross Steele, who has served as general manager at Cairns Convention Centre for the past 12 years, has been appointed to manage Te Pae Christchurch ahead of its opening next year.