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September 2006: Vbase Update
A brief update on whats been happening in the versitile venues.
September 2006: The Best Caterers in Town
Spotless Catering at the Christchurch Convention Centre has been awarded the creme de la creme of awards for catering in Canterbury.
July 2006: Canterbury Opera
New York based soprano Amanda Pabyan in the title role of Lucia di Lammermoor, onstage at the James Hay Theatre
May 2006: May News Brief
A collection of news briefs for May.
April 2006: International Inner Wheel 13th Conference
More than 1400 women from 30 countries will be arriving in Christchurch for the triennial International Inner Wheel 13th Convention, being officially opened at the Convention Centre by Her Excellency the Governor General Dame Silvia Cartwright on 4 May. The meetings will use the Convention Centre, Town Hall and Westpac Centre from 3-6 May.
March 2006: CCC Subsidiary Ownership
Vbase is now 100 percent owned by Christchurch City Council subsidiary Christchurch City Facilities Ltd (CCFL), after the recent purchase of a share parcel held by Addington Raceway Ltd.
March 2006: New Group Marketing Manager
Vbase Venue Management Group has appointed Alan Garner to the position of Group Marketing Manager with responsibility for sales and marketing. He will take up the role on 27 March 2006.
February 2006:World Heritage Conference in Christchurch
The Christchurch Convention Centre starts the new year with great news - it will host delegates from 176 countries to the prestigious World Heritage Convention 2007.
February 2006:CEO Appointed
Vbase Venue Management Group Board Chairman Bruce Irvine has announced the appointment of Bryan Pearson as CEO for the four venues presently managed by Vbase and Jade Stadium Ltd. Mr Pearson will take up the position on 1 March 2006.
December 2005: 2005 was a milestone year for three venues
The 2005 year saw many significant achievements at the three venues, including a world ranking, profitable results, and a change in company shareholding. Retiring Executive Director Mike Kelly said it was one of the most satisfying years in his 30 year career with public venues.
December 2005:Westpac Centre makes top 10 Venues
The 8888-seat Westpac Centre in Christchurch has ranked number 10 in the world for venues under 10,000 seats for gross ticket sales for 2005 – a stunning achievement that puts the New Zealand venue right behind North American centres with far greater population hinterlands to draw on. It is the only venue outside North America inside the top ten.
November 2005:Canterbury Fashion and Collection Awards
Menswear from Off the Cuff by designer Bernadette of the 30 plus collections presented in a fast paced black tie event that drew an appreciative and capacity audience. Event manager Denyse Saunders (left on stage) hosted the evening. Christchurch-based designer Takaaki Sakaguchi won five Awards including the Supreme Award.
November 2005: Worms, ticks, flys and other parasites subject to world vets’ scrutiny
A recent five-day international conference held at the Christchurch Convention Centre highlights the economic impact and significance of
business meetings to the city.
November 2005: Christchurch reflects well in world ranking for entertainment venues – again!
Christchurch venues are ranked internationally for theatre ticket sales, the Town Hall not far below London’s Royal Albert Hall in London and Massey Hall in Toronto and the Westpac Centre ahead of several well known European venues of similar design but greater capacity – proof it’s a very entertaining city!
October 2005: CEO and Group Marketing Manager Positions Vacant
The new positions of Chief Executive Officer and Group Marketing Manager for Christchurch’s Convention Centre, Town Hall and Westpac Centre and for Jade Stadium are being advertised this weekend.
October 2005: Hotspot at Convention Centre
Christchurch Convention Centre becomes a "hotspot". Convention goers can turn downtime into uptime using Telecom's wireless hotspot service, which is now available in Christchurch Convention Centre.
October 2005: ICCA 2004 Results
New Zealand and the Garden City of Christchurch in particular have leapt up the ranks of popularity for international meetings and conferences, according to the prestigious International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) figures for 2004, released last week
September 2005: National Dog Show
This weekend the Westpac Centre is hosting the New Zealand equivalent of Crufts - one of the United Kingdom’s biggest and best attended exhibitions - with the three day New Zealand Kennel Club Pro Plan National Dog Show
August 2005: NCC (New Zealand) Ltd Board Members
The board of NCC (NZ) Ltd just before the sale of the 50% shareholding held by NCC Management and Development (Bangkok) to CCFL, a wholly owned susidary of Christchurch City Council. Addington Raceway Ltd retains its 50%shareholding.
August 2005: New Partners to manage Christchurch Venues
Christchurch city has just bought a 50% shareholding in one of the city’s and country’s most successful venue management companies, setting the stage for attracting more multi-million-dollar international conferences and events.
August 2005: New Event Coordinator
Julie Anderson has been apointed event co-ordinator for the Christchurch Convention Centre, Christchurch Town Hall and Westpac Centre for Sport & Entertainment, covering performing arts,meetings, trade shows, concerts, entertainment, business and sporting events
July 2005: July News Brief
NCC (NZ) Ltd is the venue manager for the Christchurch Town Hall, Christchurch Convention Centre and Westpac centre for Sport and Entertainment. The venues are owned by Christchurch City Council..
June 2005: June News Brief
NCC (NZ) Ltd is the venue manager for the Christchurch Town Hall, Christchurch Convention Centre and Westpac centre for Sport and Entertainment. The venues are owned by Christchurch City Council..
June 2005: Driving force at Christchurch Convention Centre changes direction
Cathy Hemsworth steps down as Director Sales & Marketing for venue manager NCC (NZ) Ltd on 30 June, after six years actively selling the Christchurch Convention Centre, Westpac Centre and Christchurch Town Hall to the national and international meetings and events industries.
June 2005: Convention Centre in Ferndale 2005 Hospitality Awards
The Christchurch Convention Centre is a finalist in the Heinz Wattie's Outstanding Canterbury Hosptitality Venue category of the Ferndale 2005 Canterbury Hospitality Awards, and Executive Chef Andy Gibb is a finalist in the Meadow Mushrooms Outstanding Canterbury Chef category. Nominations are made by industry peers. Voting takes place in August and winners are announced at the Canterbury Hospitality Awards Dinner on 18 September.
May 2005: New Sales Executive New Zealand
NCC (NZ) Ltd has appointed Nikki Goodwin to the position of NZ Sales Executive, a position she will take up 1 June when she returns from two years working in London.
May 2005: May News Brief
NCC (NZ) Ltd is the venue manager for the Christchurch Town Hall, Christchurch Convention Centre and Westpac centre for Sport and Entertainment. The venues are owned by Christchurch City Council..
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