by Lee Xin Hui | February 19, 2019

Render of Te Pae’s auditorium.

AEG Ogden has been announced as the operator for Te Pae Christchurch, which is set to open in October 2020. 

The venue, which is over a quarter way through its construction, offers capacity to host up to 2,000 delegates when completed, and will feature purpose-built facilities including a 1,400-seat auditorium, 3,600 sqm of exhibition space and 24 meeting rooms set on the banks of the Avon River.

AEG Ogden Chairman and CEO, Harvey Lister, says Te Pae will instantly benefit from AEG's world-class reputation and global connections.

"We intend to apply 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.

He added that the positioning of the centre as an international-standard meetings and events hub will assist in the regeneration of Christchurch and the Canterbury region, which has been eight years in the making. 

Ross Steele, newly appointed general manager of Te Pae.


Overseeing the convention centre's responsibilities as general manager is Ross Steele, a veteran in the industry who most recently served as general manager of the AEG Ogden-managed Cairns Convention Centre for the past 12 years.

Commenting on his new role at the press conference at AIME 2019, Steele said,
"My responsibilities will be to lead a team and to work with Otakoro to leverage AEG Ogden's worldwide resources to drive internationl conventions to Christchurch, and also to deliver economic and social value to the city."