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Christchurch is continuing to
see a return of business with the
latest conference held good news
for the city and region.
More than 450 delegates from around the world
attended this year’s Pacific Association of
Quantity Surveyors (PAQS) Congress in
Christchurch in May.
The New Zealand Institute of Quantity
Surveyors (NZIQS) won the right to host the
2016 PAQS with organisers anticipating spin-
offs for Christchurch and the wider building and
The theme for the congress was “Building for
the Future – A Global Dilemma,” something the
host city knows all too well.
Christchurch is now re-emerging as a vibrant
and ever-changing city after the sequence of
large earthquakes during 2010 and 2011 left
detrimental effects on both the community and
Although devastating, the earthquakes have
provided an unprecedented opportunity to
rethink, revitalise and renew the city of
Christchurch making it the perfect city to host
PAQS. Congress convenor Philippa Goodman-
Jones said the five-day congress explored new
and innovative building construction structures
and techniques, which are not only being used
in Christchurch, but worldwide.
“The increase in devastating world weather
events causes the construction community to
rethink the way buildings are constructed and
the need to reduce the cost escalations and
construction time frames,” Ms Goodman-Jones
The main conference was held at The Air Force
Museum of New Zealand.
Conference Innovators was the conference
organiser for the congress. m
ther dignitaries present included Gerry Brownlee, Nicky Wagner, Amy Adams, the
mayor of Christchurch, Lianne Dalziel, as well as many of the hotel’s regular
corporate and leisure clients.
The redefined Sudima Christchurch Airport marks a new phase in Christchurch
accommodation, offering 88 brand new executive rooms, new façade and lobby, fully
refurbished restaurant/bar and an increased conference space. The two-year project has made
the hotel one of the largest conferencing facilities in Christchurch.
Originally opened in 1966 as the White Heron Hotel, it has long been a favourite temporary
home for visiting dignitaries, international bands, Antarctic explorers and domestic travellers.
Acquired by the Jhunjhnuwala family in 1999, the hotel was re-branded as Sudima
Christchurch Airport and became the first member of the Sudima Hotels and Resorts group.
More than a landmark, it is a place of fond memories for visitors and staff alike, with a sense of
family at its core.
Upon completion of its $25 million redevelopment, the property received an upgraded
Qualmark rating to 4.5 stars from 3.5 stars.
The new rating is in part to new services including the introduction of a luxurious pillow menu
(also available at Sudima Auckland Airport & Sudima Lake Rotorua), from which hotel guests
can now select one of five options.
Also now available is complimentary bike hire, electric vehicle bays, a compost/herb garden,
the use of local Manuka honey amenities for turndown service, and sourcing of local plants for
the hotel’s landscaping.
Sudima Hotels and Resorts chief executive Sudesh Jhunjhnuwala says, “It is important to us
to provide the highest level of service for our guests, and to continue to sustain the honourable
reputation we have built in our community”. m
Sudima Hotels & Resorts recently marked the
official re-opening of its iconic Christchurch
Airport hotel by Prime Minister John Key
following its $25 million dollar redevelopment.
Sudima has reopened its
Christchurch Airport hotel.
The surveyors conference
in Christchurch was big
news for the city.
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