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meeting newz March / April 2024

In this March/April edition we learn a bit more about Queenstown – Southern Lakes and Manawatu-Palmerston North. We also discover Adelaide, South Australia. We have coverage of famils for Kirikiriroa Hamilton and Melbourne.

Case Study: 13th SCAR (International Council for Science –

World first – SCAR’s focus on impactful science looked at Antarctica and the Southern Ocean in global systems, recognising and reflecting the value of Māori mātauranga (knowledge).

For the first time, a half-day was dedicated to showcasing Māori exploration and research in the Deep South, including the official launch of the first indigenous-led Antarctic research programme in the world. The introduction by local leaders and experts created a deep impression with the international audience, creating lasting memories for all delegates.

ChristchurchNZ invites you

PCOA’s business partner, ChristchurchNZ, is starting 2024 off with an inspiring and delicious update from some very special venues and experiences across Christchurch and Canterbury.

Auckland delivers smashing global avocado congress

CASE STUDY:- The 10th World Avocado Congress was a smash hit in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland. New Zealand’s strong agritech industry, horticulture sector and destination appeal attracted a delegation far exceeding expectations, with 1160 attendees including 750 international delegates from as far afield as Mexico, Peru and South Africa.

PCOA attend the highly successful Meetings 2023

Fostering meaningful connections and opening doors to exciting new collaborations. Barry Neame, CEM, PCOA President, and Maxine Tod, Director Business Partnerships, were proud to represent PCOA at the highly successful Meetings 2023 held at Tākina – Wellington Convention & Exhibition Centre last week.

Newly Appointed Australian based National Business Development Manager, C&I for Millennium Hotels & Resorts New Zealand

Jana Kingston has been appointed National Business Development Manager, C&I for Millennium Hotels & Resorts based in Melbourne, Australia. Well-established in market, Kingston brings invaluable experience and knowledge from her 18 year tenure with Destination Queenstown. Dubbed the ‘Queenstown specialist’, Kingston is eager to expand her reach representing all 18 hotels in the Millennium Hotels & Resorts portfolio.

Te Pae Christchurch Reaches New Milestone

Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre has hit a major operational milestone, notching up one year since its first conference. Since 2 May 2022, the Centre has hosted 234 events for more than 129,700 delegates – including 70 conventions, seven exhibitions, 76 banquets, 79 meetings and seminars and two live entertainment events – generating more than $50 million* in direct economic value for the city of Ōtautahi Christchurch during that time.

CASE STUDY: Auckland hosts 8th IWG World Conference on Women & Sport

The 8th IWG World Conference On Women & Sport held in Auckland, New Zealand attracted a record 1850 participants from 90 countries. It not only helped advance gender equity in sports for women and girls in New Zealand and beyond, but it raised the bar as an exemplar of what a sustainable, inclusive conference can look like, putting an emphasis on youth and Indigenous voices. As part of its longer-term legacy, it delivered 10 Conference Calls to Action, and 16 Indigenous Calls to Action.