After a two-year break, more than 500 business events industry professionals, executive assistants and media (including Executive PA Media), were welcomed to Auckland Tāmaki Makaurau today for Business Events Industry Aotearoa’s (BEIA) MEETINGS exhibition.
They were formally greeted to host city Auckland with a mihi whakatau on the show floor, led by New Zealander of the Year theatre, film and television actor Jennifer Ward-Lealand CNZM. She gave a moving mihi in te reo Māori, before Ngā Rangatahi O Tamaki – a group of passionate youth selected from a variety of high schools throughout Auckland – who led a karanga, call of welcome, and a powhiri.
Last night MEETINGS 2021 was officially launched with a spectacular function at Auckland’s newest experience and venue, Weta Workshop Unleashed at SkyCity precinct. Welcomed by Weta creator and Academy Award winner, Sir Richard Taylor, guests were immersed in the fantastical film effects inspired by Wellington’s Weta Workshop, making the most of the surreal environments and interactive experiences
BEIA Chief Executive, Lisa Hopkins says Australian and New Zealand business event decision-makers are at MEETINGS today and tomorrow to learn everything they can about New Zealand as a destination, and to book their events.
MEETINGS is New Zealand’s largest business events trade exhibition and the show organisers, BEIA work with Executive PA Media to attract executive assistants from Australia and New Zealand to the event.