Conference organisers and planners will be impressed with the creative and eco-friendly appeal of New Zealand’s vibrant capital and understand why influential events choose to anchor there
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New Zealand’s capital city, best known for being compact and collaborative, has now set a bigger ambition to create even more impact.
Wellington is developing an attitude of change where climate change, natural habitat restoration, research, education and innovation form part of the city’s aggressive agenda.
Capitalising on strategic advantages in its key industries, the vibrant capital is capturing international attention by hosting conferences and events that address these concerns.
Those events, in turn, help to support New Zealand as a whole, and accelerate its thriving sectors in research, science, environment and innovation.
Wellington, as the political and geographical heart, is also where decision-makers congregate and home to most of the country’s central government agencies and many industry associations.
Wellington’s creative, environmental appeal
Also known as New Zealand’s creative capital and recognised by UNESCO as a City of Film for its rich and diverse screen activities, Wellington has long been featured on the international big screen for film and television projects such as the latest Avatar: The Way of the Water, Avatar and The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
With an environmental emphasis from every angle, Wellington has also long been a leader in climate change and is already the lowest carbon city per person in Australasia.
That came off the back of Wellington City Council’s decision in 2019 to adopt Te Atakura–First to Zero, a blueprint to make the city a zero carbon capital by 2050.
Named the most liveable city for two years in a row (2017 & 2018), Wellington is also ranked first globally for environmental security (2021).
Anchor venue for influential conferences
It’s not surprising that associations and corporates looking to create positive change bring their conferences to the city, described as a sophisticated hub of industry and culture.
For the recent New Zealand Game Developers Association (NZGDA) conference, the capital provided the perfect platform to showcase its offering to the world.
It incorporated the film, screen and interactive media sectors alongside its traditional gaming content for the very first time, all part of a recently-inked multi-year partnership between NZGDA and the city.
NZGDA has now anchored its annual conference in Wellington, with an additional focus on the emerging field of virtual production where gaming, film and screen capabilities are converging.
The over-arching goal is to improve cross-industry collaborations, co-productions and direct investment within those industries, and strengthen Wellington’s position as a world leader in those sectors.
Another upcoming conference with Wellington as the venue destination of choice and destined to create positive change in 2023 is the inaugural Life Sciences Summit taking place in March.
The summit provides a platform for discussion on the challenges New Zealand and the world are facing — from climate emissions, gene editing, scaling New Zealand technology for the world, venture capital funding trends, talent attraction and Aotearoa’s competitive advantages.
The new conference will unite New Zealand’s life sciences and biotechnology communities across all sectors, including agriculture, environment, industrial as well as human and animal health, and is expected to impact future government policies and regulations.
New purpose-built conference centre Tākina
Meanwhile, association and conference organisers will have yet another venue to consider when they look to hold their events in Wellington in the future.
The new purpose-built conference and exhibition centre, Tākina, opens in June. Situated in Wellington’s cultural precinct, Tākina boasts 10,000m2 of flexible space, is suitable for plenaries of 1,600 delegates and designed with an immersive experience in mind.
Keen to organise your next event at the brand-new Tākina?
The Business Events Wellington team is excited to share more on this stunning new venue.
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