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“Mãori have been seen as leaders in the indigenous studies space because of the general
perception that Mãori culture is strong and prominent in Aotearoa/New Zealand’s life, culture
and politics. The strong Mãori cultural renaissance over the last 50 years has made Mãori
Studies a significant site of not only language and cultural revival, but also of cultural studies and
political and socio-historical research and analysis. So, from the perspective of other indigenous
peoples, they are interested in what we’re doing here and how we’ve done it,” he said.
Professor Hokowhitu said bringing NAISA to New Zealand will allow the conference to
incorporate more indigenous cultures from the Asia Pacific region, with the possibility of
attracting more Australians, indigenous people from Taiwan, and ethnic minorities from China
and South East Asia, and beyond.
Plans for the event so far include taking advantage of the cultural highlights of the Hamilton
and Waikato region.
“We have looked at options including the Hobbiton Movie Set, which would be popular with
our US visitors; Tamaki Mãori Village for a cultural experience, plus other Mãori-centric offerings.
Being in the Waikato with the Kīngitanga (Mãori King movement) history is exciting. We will be
holding one community day focused on community-based projects and sites of Indigenous
importance including the very important history of the Kīngitanga and the Waikato. The local
assistance has been great and I’m very excited for the delegates to come to New Zealand.”
Build it they will come
Maybe not that easy but with the infrastructure in place, it will certainly be a stronger case for
New Zealand to attract larger events.
Two of the most exciting projects at present are the New Zealand International Convention
Centre (NZICC) in Auckland and the Christchurch Convention Centre, with construction well on
the way with both.
The NZICC is the country’s largest construction site, and has already employed more than 900
construction workers since the project began. Already, more concrete and steel has been used in
the NZICC than the entire Sky Tower, the southern hemisphere’s tallest free-standing structure.
The NZICC’s general manager of operations, Callum Mallett, says it’s now possible for the
first time to see the outline of the massive
convention centre and the adjacent Hobson
Street hotel taking shape.
“For the first time, the shape and scale of
the Exhibition Hall can be appreciated and
the skeleton of the NZICC’s structure can be
seen, which is very exciting,” Mr Mallet says.
Recently the NZICC sales team has
doubled in size to continue the momentum of
bookings and continue to promote Auckland
as an attractive conference destination
around the world.
Large scale international conference
bookings have already been secured for 2020
when the centre officially opens, including two
international medical conferences that will
attract an estimated 4000 attendees and an
estimated $11 million economic benefit to
Auckland and New Zealand.
The venue will be able to host one off
events for 4000 people and have New
Zealand’s largest theatre, with seating for
2850. It will also have 33 meeting spaces of
various sizes and configurations.
Further south, the Christchurch
Convention Centre has seen the first
concrete being poured for the foundation.
Albert Brantley, chief executive of the
company behind construction, ītãkaro
Limited, says the convention centre will be a
world-class venue and a cornerstone of the
revitalised central city.
“W ith its 2000-person capacity, it will bring
events to Christchurch that we have never
been able to host in the past. It will also be
able to simultaneously host two 600-person
events, which the previous facility couldn’t
do,” he said.
The convention centre includes a
1400-delegate auditorium, a 3600 square
metre exhibition hall, and 1600 square
metres of meeting rooms that will overlook
ChristchurchNZ industry partnership
manager of tourism, Caroline Blanchfield,
said there is significant demand for a
premium facility of this type and the South
Island’s stunning scenery will mean
Christchurch is an attractive option for
international events,” she said.
Construction of the convention centre is
expected to be completed in the first quarter
of 2020 and available for smaller regional
events from the middle of that year. m
While your delegates are falling in love with our natural beauty, we’ll be working behind the scenes to ensure things run
smoothly. New Zealand is easy to get around and boasts world-class accommodation, facilities and exhilarating activities
in spectacular surrounds. Inspiration is right on your doorstep.
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