AEG Odgen, a division of AEG Facilities, has been selected as the operator for Te Pae Christchurch in New Zealand. The announcement was made today (Feb. 19) by Ōtākaro Limited chief executive, John Bridgman.

Expected to open in October of 2020, Te Pae will have capacity to host up to 2,000 delegates for a variety of national and international events. It will feature world-class purpose built facilities including a 1,400 seat auditorium, 3,600 square meters of exhibition space and 24 meeting rooms set on the banks of the Avon River.

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“Te Pae is over a quarter of the way through construction. Work on the steel framework for the exhibition hall is nearing completion, giving people a greater appreciation of the scale of New Zealand’s second largest conference and exhibition facility,” said Bridgman in a release. 

Bridgman added that with a network of venues across the Asia Pacific region, including the International Convention Centre Sydney, AEG Ogden had significant experience in delivering world-class events that has people wanting to come back for more.

“We intend applying our global expertise to showcase Christchurch’s world-class innovation, techniques, research and best practices in the city’s key industry sectors of Earth Science, Health Science, International Education, Agriculture, ICT and Building Technology,” said AEG Ogden chairman and CEO Harvey Lister in a release. “Our aim is to attract major conventions which will not only provide a significant economic boost but showcase the exceptional world class talent and skills of the Christchurch and New Zealand communities.”

AEG Ogden manages venues throughout the Asia Pacific and Middle East, including Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Cairns Convention Centre, Te Pae Christchurch (opening 2020), Darwin Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre, and ICC Sydney; Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane; and arenas in Brisbane, Sydney, Newcastle, Perth, and Dubai (opening mid-2019). AEG Ogden also part owns National Basketball League (NBL) team, the Sydney Kings, and is progressing the new Brisbane Live arena and entertainment precinct for Brisbane.

“The positioning of Te Pae as a boutique, authentic, international standard meeting and events hub will act as a catalyst for the city’s activation by ensuring its complete integration into the city fabric,” added Lister. “This in turn will assist in the regeneration of Christchurch and the Canterbury region and provide an optimal return on investment for the Crown. We are so excited to be involved with this project and our team can’t wait to get started.”