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Selwyn Times: June 13, 2018

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18 WEDNESDAY JUNE 13 2018 Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi SELWYN TIMES TE PAE ON TRACK FOR 2020 OPENING 01 Weighing an impressive 50 tonnes, the 50 metre long main steel roof truss for the auditorium was recently secured into place. 02 The 1400 seat auditorium is designed to be flexible and configurable so different events can be held simultaneously. 03 Looking out over Victoria Square, Te Pae’s curved façade reflects Canterbury’s mountain and braided river landscapes. Construction on Te Pae, Christchurch’s new convention centre, is progressing rapidly. This venue opens Christchurch to the world. Having a central city facility purpose-built for large-scale events allows opportunities to promote our local strengths and internationally respected expertise in sectors such as primary production, earth sciences, medical research and software innovation, to an international audience. 01 Already we are expecting 3000 visitors for events in the month of October 2020, soon after Te Pae is scheduled to open. Business event travellers typically spend twice as much as leisure tourists and ChristchurchNZ estimates our city is currently missing out on $90M in direct investment each year by not having such a facility. Christchurch has long been considered a great city for hosting business events. Te Pae will ensure we are once again able to welcome visitors with an experience like no other. 02 3000 VISITORS IN OCTOBER 2020 03

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi WEDNESDAY JUNE 13 2018 19 TEPAE.CO.NZ From a phenomenal riverfront location in the central city, to world-class purpose-built facilities, Te Pae offers an experience like no other. One meaning of Te Pae is ‘gathering place’. Much more than a traditional convention centre, this iconic new facility will indeed be just that - a gathering place for the 21st century, where locals and visitors alike come together to share, learn, be hosted and entertained. As well as holding conferences and meetings, you’ll be able to attend expos, public presentations, galas and other special events there. An iconic landmark in our flourishing cityscape, influences of our landscape are interwoven into the striking building design, making it a physical representation of New Zealand, our culture and the stories of our people.