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Venues Wellington news and updates

Latest news from our team on all things Venues Wellington.

Podium finish for three Wellington venues

Three iconic Wellington venues have been awarded for their work in making their spaces accessible for guests. The Michael Fowler Centre, TSB Bank Arena and Auditorium (Shed 6) worked with Be. Accessible to make sure all visitors, parents and children can access, use and depart the venues safely.


Big wins in Australia

After a continued presence in the Australian market showcasing why Wellington works as a business events destination, our team in conjunction with Business Events Wellington have landed some big wins for our venues. 

Live in WLG performing well

The summer phase of our events marketing campaign achieved a reach of well over 1.5 million. We're currently in market with video, street posters and native Fairfax advertising to promote autumn events in Wellington. 

Talking it up at trade shows

Our team had a great time talking up our venues at Show Me Wellington recently. Looking ahead, they're heading to Convene North and MEETINGS to showcase our venues to professional conference organisers and event mangers.


Strengthening the St James

Many of you will have noticed that the St James Theatre has closed for earthquake strengthening and to recommission its interior. We can't wait to see the finished product! Here are some quick FAQs to keep you up-to-date. 

Town Hall works begin

Work will begin shortly on strengthening the building exterior before the main refurbishment starts later in the year. The lane between the MFC and Town Hall, and the MFC car park will be affected but the MFC will remain open during the works.

New Zealand Festival fun

NZ's largest celebration of cutting-edge culture saw WellingtonNZ host 72 performances in our venues. As a bit of festival fun, our caterers have shared some interesting trends they picked up during the New Zealand Festival period.

Introducing Live in WLG

In September we launched our new events marketing campaign ‘Live in WLG’. Developed to help promote events held in our venues and wider Wellington and to reinforce Wellington's reputation as the cultural capital.

Bumper summer of events in our venues

Our venues have an exciting array of events on offer this summer, from international sport to comedy, concerts and festivals; we're in for a busy season ahead at Venues Wellington.

New seats for TSB Arena and Shed 6

There's nothing better than watching a show or attending a business event with comfortable seats! So, we are pleased to have new seats in two of our venues.

Wellington well-served by new Venues’ menus

Venues Wellington’s business event guests can expect a taste of the ‘Streets of the Wellington’ and much more, courtesy of newly-appointed preferred supplier Sarah Searancke Catering.

Changes to catering at Venues Wellington

We have been advised that from 1 October 2017, Compass Group/Restaurant Associates will be ending their services with us following a change to their business model. We are working with the Restaurant Associates team on a transition plan so that we can provide a seamless transition to our hirers to one of our other excellent catering partners.

What’s news in Venues Wellington?

There's lots happening in our iconic Wellington venues, St James Theatre will close for strengthening work from Apr 2018 to August 2019, with this closure many performances will transfer to The Opera House. It's thumbs up for the Wellington Town Hall revamp, sign off for the construction of a Movie Museum and Convention Centre has been approved, and more!

Greetings from MEETINGS

The Venues Wellington team attended MEETINGS 2017, the CINZ annual trade show event. From showcasing our venues to hosting over a coffee and culinary delights, the Australian buyers were shown why Wellington is the best city to host events.

Ticketmaster joins the Venues Wellington team

As of 1 June 17, Venues Wellington ticketing provider is transitioning to Ticketmaster, following a long and successful relationship with Ticketek.