Tākina, the purpose-built convention and exhibition centre in Wellington, is on track for a mid-2023 opening, and has already recorded more than 70 bookings on its calendar.
The building exterior is now complete. The facade features about 1,300 glass panels installed across the building’s curved profile, and the engineering of these panels reduces heat entering the building from the sun, reducing the peak cooling requirements and associated energy.
Sitting across two levels and ideal for plenaries for up to 1,600 delegates, to date conference sizes range from 300 to up to 1,500 delegates.
The very first conference will be the Festival for The Future in June 2023, while bookings are being confirmed as far out as 2026, including the Congress of the International Association of Sedimentologists.
Tākina will be operated by Tākina Events who operate the same services at conference venue and national museum of New Zealand, Te Papa Tongarewa. This arrangement will enable business events planners to access and book the spaces and services of two of Wellington’s conference venues together.
Situated right across the road from each other in the heart of New Zealand’s capital, delegates will also be able to find accommodation nearby, while the airport is a 15-minute drive away.