Christchurch Convention Centre name echoes cultural roots
Unveiling the name at CINZ Meetings 2018 in Auckland today, Ōtākaro Limited Strategy and Property Opportunities general manager Keith Beal said Te Pae references a gathering place.
“The name is a unique yet simple way for domestic and international visitors to identify this premium, purpose-built convention and exhibition venue,” he said.
“We have worked with local cultural advisers, Matapopore on a name that reflects not only what this facility is, but also what makes it different from any other.
“The exterior design of Te Pae has been derived from the Ngāi Tahu creation story of the Southern Alps in New Zealand’s South Island. The 429,000 individual panels that make up the façade will resemble the colours and curves of Canterbury’s iconic braided rivers that flow down from the mountains.
“Prior to 2011, Christchurch was New Zealand’s business events capital, hosting 24 per cent of all conferences on a per-delegate-day basis. We are seeing that demand returning with international organisers telling us they are excited by an attractive, safe, compact city and the opportunity to experience New Zealand’s bucket list destinations.”
Several events have been confirmed for 2021, including the five-day Federation of Asian and Oceanian Biochemists and Molecular Biologists conference, the first time New Zealand has hosted this triennial event for 900 leading biochemists. The same year the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research International Biology Symposium will bring 350 of the world’s top Antarctic scientists to Christchurch.