New Zealand

BEIA welcomes National’s plan to support event insurance

Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA) has welcomed the New Zealand National Party’s ‘Back to Business’ plan, which would see the government fund the premium for events industry insurance cover. Lisa Hopkins, the chief executive of BEIA, said that the Government rejected an industry-led proposal to support the NZ$1.5m (US$1.1m) premium cost, either directly or through the Regional Ev...

BEIA’s 45th Annual Conference postponed until 2022

Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA) and Hawke’s Bay Tourism have announced the postponement of BEIA’s 45th Annual Conference in Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand until 2022. Lisa Hopkins, BEIA chief executive and Hamish Saxton, chief executive of Tourism Hawke’s Bay, said the risks associated with the current Covid-19 outbreak, the continued lockdowns in Auckland and Waikato and the uncertainty around...

Dunedin lands History of Science and Technology Congress

Dunedin, New Zealand has won the right to host the 27th International Congress of History of Science and Technology in 2025. The Congress, which takes place every four years, has never been held in the South Pacific and is the largest conference for the study of history of science, technology and medicine. The event will welcome up to around 900 specialist delegates to Dunedin, bringing an estimat...

BEIA requests clarity from New Zealand government for event industry’s future

Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA) suggests the move to a more restricted Level 2 for regions outside of Auckland will make additional support crucial for the country’s business events industry. Under Level 2 from 8 September, gatherings outside of Auckland will need to be under 50 persons in a defined space, down from 100 in previous guidelines. Mask-wearing will be mandatory and all ...

Pandemic pushes back Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre opening plans

Due to the latest Covid-19 disruption, Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre is now aiming to hold its first events in the lead up to Christmas. The new building was on track to hold its first events in October but will now be delayed as many of the specialists necessary to complete the facility are unable to travel down from the North Island. John Bridgman, chief executive of Ōtākaro Limited, sai...

Registration opens for the ‘Brave, Bold and Ready’ for New Zealand’s BEIA Conference 2021

Registration is now open for the Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA) Conference 2021, an event for the association of New Zealand’s events sector. It will be held at the Napier War Memorial Centre in Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand, 11-13 October. With the theme ‘BEing BRAVE, BOLD and READY’, the conference programme will look to the future of business events. Speakers will include New Zealand’s min...

New Zealand launches new Oceania Summit on back of its strong agri-food-tech sector

The 2035 Oceania Summit, a new event for 2022 was launched during Fieldays 2021 in New Zealand, the Southern Hemisphere’s largest agricultural event. Organisers say the new summit, to be held in Auckland, will aim to showcase local solutions for global climate impact and embraced New Zealand’s role as a world leader in agri-food-tech. The new Summit will draw on the experience of New Zealand-based...

Ireland makes host shortlist for 2024 America’s Cup, although economic impact not plain sailing

Ireland has made it to a final list of potential host destinations for the America’s Cup sailing competition in 2024. The America’s Cup, which was first contested in 1851, has taken place in New Zealand on the past three occasions but is expected to be held elsewhere in 2024. It is hoped a decision on where to hold the 2024 event will be made in the second half of September. A confidential s...

New Zealand – the first mover

New Zealand, which took quick steps to close its international borders and rigorously track and trace any Covid cases, has been held up as a shining example of how to deal with the pandemic. The approach has resulted in just 2,365 cases of Covid in the country and 26 deaths (as of 24 February). Of course, the country’s unique geography has been a big advantage, but it is positioned well to welcome...

New Zealand’s MEETINGS 2021 to open up to Australian visitors

Over 60 Australian business event organisers are set to arrive in Auckland on 1 June for Business Events Industry Aotearoa’s (formerly CINZ) two-day showcase MEETINGS 2021. Before and after MEETINGS, hosted buyers from Australia and New Zealand can also choose to join one of five different regional familiarisation tours to Auckland, Rotorua, Wellington, Christchurch, and Queenstown. As well as 60 ...

Hosted buyer applications open for MEETINGS 2021

Hosted buyer applications have opened for MEETINGS 2021, which will be held in Auckland, New Zealand from 2-3 June. Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA) chief executive Lisa Hopkins says buyers have been keen to sign up online, with many applications already received from New Zealand and Australia event organisers. MEETINGS is taking place as an in-person event this year, with a two-day progra...

First events lined up for 2023 opening of major new NZ venue

The first events have been lined up for Wellington’s Takina exhibition and conference centre, which is on track to open in mid-2023. One of the first events confirmed for Takina is Festival for the Future – a multi-day conference with more than 1200 delegates. Work started on the venue in 2019. It will have 10,000sqm of conference space for up to 1600 people, a 2500 sqm exhibition floor, two large...

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