New Zealand’s annual Building Nations Symposium will inject over $2 million
into the local Rotorua economy this week,” says Paul Blair, incoming CEO of
“The country’s largest
infrastructure conference begins on Wednesday 21 August at Rotorua’s Energy
Events Centre, hosting over 700 delegates across three days.
Infometrics estimate that almost $2.5 million will be spent in Rotorua over the
duration of the Building Nations Symposium, without accounting for any
additional spending before or after the conference.”
Delegates will come
from across New Zealand, as well as the UK, Australia, Japan and China to
attend the symposium, showcasing Rotorua as an important international
conference destination. Infrastructure New Zealand is bringing a range of high
profile speakers to Rotorua for the symposium, including four Ministers, the
Leader of the Opposition, six mayors and council CEOs, the former CEO of
Manchester City Council, the Australian High Commissioner to New Zealand, the
Chief Executive of the Water Industry Commission for Scotland, and numerous
other infrastructure leaders.
The first two days of
the symposium will be dedicated to discussion around regional growth and
development, but on Friday 24th August, the focus will firmly be on Rotorua,
with delegates taking part in a range of iconic Rotorua tourist activities,
including the Skyline Gondola and Luge, Ziplining with Rotorua Canopy Tours,
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Explorer and Whakarewarewa, the Living Māori Village.
providers also stand to benefit, with at least 1400 accommodation bookings over
the two nights of the symposium. Flights into Rotorua from Auckland are completely
sold out for Tuesday 20th August.
Rotorua Mayor Steve
Chadwick said the city was honoured to host the symposium. “This year’s theme
of Building Regions epitomises the period of growth that Rotorua is currently
undergoing and we are excited to share with delegates some of the work that is
underway. This is the second biggest event Rotorua will host this year so I am
excited that our city will be able to benefit from visitors keen to experience
what we have to offer.”
Reducing our footprint
“This year’s symposium
will also be one of the country’s most sustainable,” Blair says, “with an
emphasis on minimising waste and maximising benefits for the Rotorua community.
“The event will have a
waste-minimisation policy, with no single use coffee cups, bottles, or straws,
and recycled materials used wherever possible.
“We have worked with
our exhibitors, sponsors, and key suppliers to reuse materials, minimise
packaging, use local staff wherever possible, and eliminate giveaways to ensure
our symposium produces as little waste as possible.
“We have also worked
extensively with our caterers to minimise food waste. All excess food will be
donated to the Love Soup Charity who support the homeless community in Rotorua.
“Our caterers will also
collect any leftover food scraps, diverting them from landfills and donating
them to a livestock farm in the Rotorua region.
“This year’s symposium
will leverage local suppliers to reduce food miles and maximise our positive
impact in the region. An estimated $200,000 will be spent with local caterers
alone. Some delegates will also be giving back by volunteering with a local
environmental organisation, setting traps to rid pests from a local native
“Bringing one of New
Zealand’s largest conferences to Rotorua is an exciting opportunity to showcase
the regions and their value to the infrastructure industry.
“This year’s theme is
Building Regions, and discussion will centre on how to empower the heartland to
drive regional development in New Zealand.
“Infrastructure NZ is
proud that the Building Nations Symposium will bring over $2 million to the
Rotorua economy while also being one of the most sustainable events in the
country,” says Blair.
For further information and comment contact Paul
Blair on 021 902 436