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Tākina attracts Australian visitors

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National Mediation Conference at Tākina in Wellington New Zealand
Te Whanganui a Tara Wellington’s new purpose-built convention and exhibition centre, Tākina, is proving a popular conference venue on both sides of the Tasman.

Produced in partnership with Business Events Wellington

Tākina opened in June, adding to the capital’s repertoire of world-class events venues.

While bookings continue to roll in for events as far out as 2027, many Australian conferences have already been successfully held at Tākina.

The Australian National Mediation Conference (NMC) brought its event to Wellington for the first time recently and is now considering adding Tākina to its regular schedule.

“Our delegates loved Wellington so much they are very keen to look at putting it into their circuit and hold the conference here more regularly,” says NMC chair Alysoun Boyle.

The conference brought together practitioners and researchers from Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore and New Zealand, including many First Nations presenters actively working in the mediation, dispute and conflict resolution spheres.

It’s the first time NMC has convened outside of Australia. The event was last held in person in 2019 and for this year’s conference, Alysoun says Wellington was the city of choice.

“We saw the inclusion of Aotearoa as a step into the future – the country is a leader in various aspects of mediation and dispute resolution, and convening somewhere there seemed to be a natural step.

“Ultimately we chose Wellington because of its ambiance and size – a capital city on a human scale with a city centre that is strollable.

“Tākina’s attraction was its location – readily accessible to the centre of Wellington and to the harbour foreshore, for a moment of calm from the intensity of the conference itself.”

Wellington is well-connected, where collaborative research, innovative start-ups and businesses converge. It’s also easy to access New Zealand’s government agencies, political representatives, universities and local industry leaders.

If you’re looking to host your conference in a forward-thinking city that’s leading future change, find out more at WellingtonNZ.com/meet or get in touch with Business Events Wellington at BusinessEvents@WellingtonNZ.com.

Tākina attracts Australian visitors
National Mediation Conference, Wellington New Zealand

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