July 14, 2022 | By Bronwen Largier

In an announcement that may not come as a huge surprise to those who have been following the progress of New Zealand’s second next-gen convention centre, Tākina, currently under construction in the nation’s capital, New Zealand’s flagship business events trade show MEETINGS is set to be staged in the new centre in its first month of opening in June 2023.

Lisa Hopkins, chief executive of Business Events Industry Aotearoa, the national industry association which owns and organisers the event, convened the announcement, shared with WellingtonNZ, in a special virtual meeting attended by almost 100 stakeholders this morning.

In celebration of the news or in preparation for the new convention and exhibition centre’s opening, general manager of commercial development for Tākina at Wellington City Council, David Perks gave the announcement attendees a participatory lesson in the pronunciation of the venue’s name – it’s a long deep “a” like “tar” in account of the accent. The name means to invoke, summon or connect in Mãori.

“Following a hugely successful MEETINGS 2022, held at Te Pae Christchurch, our attention is now focused on debuting the second of New Zealand’s brand new convention centres, Tākina,” said Hopkins in a statement following the announcement.

“We can’t wait to bring New Zealand, Australian and international business event professionals together in Wellington for MEETINGS 2023 on Wednesday 21 and Thursday 22 June.

“They will be meeting with the best of New Zealand’s business events products, services, solutions, venues, and, most importantly, people on a vibrant show floor.”

Perks is confident the show’s buyers and sellers will enjoy their time in Wellington.

“The investment Wellington has made into Tākina is a reflection of the commitment the city has to both being a visitor destination and, as New Zealand’s capital city, being the place important conversations are had.

“MEETINGS in Wellington will be the perfect occasion to see the city in action,” he said.