December 14, 2021 | By Bronwen Largier

Auckland will host the Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology Conference in 2024, bringing the event to New Zealand for the first time.

The event is expected to be attended by 350 delegates and inject around $378,000 into Auckland’s economy.

The event, to be held at the University of Auckland, was won through a collaboration between one of the university’s academics, Dr Joshua Emmitt, and Auckland Convention Bureau. The bid highlighted Australia’s unique archaeology as well as that of New Zealand.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for New Zealand archaeologists to improve and expand their own methods, with exposure and discussion about techniques seldom seen in the country, and to build relationships with a global network,” said Dr Emmitt.

“We are delighted our bid was successful and are very excited to be bringing the conference to New Zealand.”

Auckland Convention Bureau Manager Ken Pereira said the win was good for the visitor economy.

“As borders begin to reopen, attracting international conferences to our shores is an important part of growing our visitor economy. Delegates have the potential to help spread visitors across the off-peak season, support employment and bring economic benefit to the region.”