Six months ago, Tākina Wellington Exhibition and Convention Centre opened its doors, signalling a new chapter for business events in Wellington. Operated by Tākina Events, New Zealand’s capital city’s largest built infrastructure investment in over twenty years has welcomed over 22,000 delegates, establishing itself as the nation's premium meeting place.
A key pillar in Tākina Events' success is its strategic partnership with the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Since Tākina’s opening in June 2023, Tākina Events has hosted 200 events and 50,000 attendees, solidifying Tākina Events' prominent position in the industry.
General Manager of Tākina Events Andrew Dorrington says, “Tākina Events has showcased its expertise in organising extended multi-day conferences, thanks to our seasoned team with 25 years of experience managing Te Papa's business events."
Reflecting on the initial six months, Dorrington underscores significant moments, including hosting Water NZ with 1,700 conference delegates and 180 trade delegates and The Festival for the Future, Aotearoa's most prominent leadership and innovation summit.
Dorrington emphasises, "these events have strengthened our reputation as a go-to destination for a wide range of conferences and conventions. Tākina Events now aligns with Auckland and Christchurch in the business events market.”
Executive Chef Ilavarasu Rajendran emphasises the importance of showcasing the best of Wellington's local cuisine and sharing unique flavours with guests. Rajendran points out, “the team collaborates with local suppliers to ensure that each dish served with pride and embodies the vibrant tastes of the capital”.
Tākina Events has confirmed to host 200 events through June 2026. The lineup of prestigious international events includes:
- Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, 2024
- iPRES 2025 - International Conference on Digital Preservation, 2025
- International Sedimentological Congress, 2026