After the devastating Christchurch earthquake in 2011, the city is experiencing a revitalisation with new and refurbished venues, hotels and event spaces popping up across the city. Set to open in October 2020, the Te Pae Convention Centre will sit on the banks of the Avon River as the centrepiece of the city’s entertainment precinct.
According to Ross Steele, the centre’s General Manager, Te Pae is a catalyst for Christchurch’s redevelopment. “For a historic city such as Christchurch, it is a rare opportunity for a convention centre to be the focal point of a city’s urban redevelopment,” said Ross.
Ross says the venue will not only boost the number of events coming to Christchurch, but also add significant social and cultural value.
“The economic impact of a venue like this in a city can’t be underestimated,” Mr Steele said. “But there’s a huge social impact as well. For example, the events it will bring to the city by bringing world leaders and establishing a knowledge exchange.”