New brand offers best of both worlds

22 Apr 2022 6:35 AM | Brett Jeffery, CAE (Administrator)

Organising an event in Wellington has become even easier with two premium venues combining under one umbrella – Tākina Events.

As of April 1, Te Papa Venues and Tākina, Wellington’s new convention and exhibition centre opening in mid-2023, officially began operating under the new brand.

The partnership enables business events planners to access and book the spaces and services of two of Wellington’s premium conference venues together.

And situated just across the road from each other in the heart of the vibrant, walkable capital, it’s also ideal for delegates.

Te Papa is one of the capital’s leading conference and events venues hosting more than 900 events each year.

Meanwhile, bookings are flowing in for Tākina, which offers 10,000sqm of flexible meeting and events space over two floors, catering for up to 1,600 delegates in the main plenary space.

The new combination means Tākina Events will not only attract and deliver a wider range of conferences, exhibitions and events, but it will also ensure events are delivered at an international standard with a distinctly Wellington flavour.

“What is already an exciting new asset for Wellington, combined with the venue spaces at Te Papa under one operation, now gives us an opportunity to deliver unique events on a scale the capital hasn’t seen before,” says Tākina Events general manager Andrew Dorrington.

“And joining forces will help to support the promotion of the capital as a vibrant destination for hosting local and international events,” he says.

“With flexible spaces, built-in technology and celebrating local cuisine in the heart of Wellington, and one dedicated team to run the operation means clients – and delegates - benefit from a more efficient service across both buildings.”

Conference & Events Ltd managing director Janet Matheson is excited about the Tākina Events team coming together under one brand.

“We’ve worked closely with the team over several years and we appreciate the experience they bring to the operation.

“Not only are they a well-oiled machine, already having a great relationship with them means we can hit the ground running once the new build opens.”

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