• As experienced functions managers, the Te Papa team provides a robust template which covers all details of organising an event. Their support and attention to detail made all the difference in the smooth running and effectiveness of each conference – as well as the enjoyment of the organising team!
    Angela Ryan, Director, Mana Education Centre. 21 February 2011
  • As well as the impeccably able staff, the spaces that Te Papa offers for events are superb. The presentation of the spaces and amenities is of a consistently high standard which raised the sophistication and atmosphere surrounding our conference.
    Angela Ryan, Director, Mana Education Centre. 21 February 2011
  • Te Papa have a wonderful team of Conference and Event professionals, fantastic catering, and onsite facilities that are second to none. In choosing a venue for my clients I need to ensure that all will run smoothly, after all – it’s my reputation on the line. Te Papa is therefore a first choice venue for me.
  • The Te Papa team has the attitude that each Conference or Event is special and will therefore strive to make sure it is a success.
    Dean Bradley
    Director/Owner
    Convention Management New Zealand Ltd
  • We always receive such positive feedback from our delegates, who never fail to have a great experience at Te Papa. It's definitely a venue with a difference with an ideal central, waterfront location.
    Michelle Kane, Conference Manager, Conference and Events Ltd
  • Te Papa definitely has the WOW factor and helps attract delegates to conferences. The spaces are great to work in, the staff always extremely helpful and the food is first class.
    Louise Watson, Conference Manager, Conference and Events Ltd
  • The event went off without a hitch and the feedback from all who were there has been overwhelmingly positive. The overall experience with Te Papa has been wonderful - the planning and professionalism through to the execution cannot be faulted.
    Grant, Ellie, Shalimar and the GJ Gardner Team. 28 February 2013
  • We had our wedding reception in the icon room and we couldn't have asked for a better experience.
    Angela Prestidge - Bride
  • We had a wonderful experience holding our wedding at Te Papa! From the booking process to the big day itself, we found the staff to be most helpful, knowledgeable, and accommodating. We initially booked Icon at Te Papa for our reception but after realizing that our wedding fell on the same day as the Homegrown concert, we decided to hold our ceremony there as well. Glenn Lust did a fantastic job coordinating the day. He found a stunning space for the cocktail hour while Icon was switched over from ceremony to reception area. Meanwhile we took our photos in the beautiful backdrop of Te Papa’s pond, which was nicely secluded from the concertgoers. The food was absolutely perfect! Every dish was cooked to perfection and our guests still talk about it! Glenn and his team executed our vision perfectly and we are thrilled to recommend Te Papa to anyone looking to hold their party in a stylish venue operated by highly skilled and talented people!
    Julie Anne & Matthew

Environmental care 

Sustainability is part of the Te Papa ethos. We are located on the edge of Wellington harbour – a large body of water used for beach recreation, water sports, and fishing. The harbour is home to, or is visited by, many marine species, including penguins, seals, dolphins, and occasionally whales. We have a natural environment department that studies marine and land environments. We are bound to the natural environment and care deeply about it.

We have worked hard over the years to make our place and what happens here as environmentally friendly as possible and we have great plans for the future.

Energy efficiency

We have carried out extensive energy efficiency measures. The result has been a downward trend in energy consumption despite enlarged gallery space and increased use of Te Papa as a venue – both of which have required more electrical equipment.

Energy savings since opening have resulted in a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of almost 14,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalents.

Other sustainability initiatives

Other sustainability initiatives include water conservation, an extensive recycling programme, and the use of environmentallyfriendly building and cleaning products. (We use plain water and microfibre cloths for general cleaning wherever possible.)

Global best practice

Te Papa won EnergyWise awards for energy management in 2000, 2004, and 2007, showing that we’re on the right track. We strive to achieve international best practice for galleries, museums, and exhibition areas in matters of sustainability. We have benchmarked status under the Green Globe Company Standard and carry out our environmental action plan in line with the requirements of this programme.

Giant Weta, Hemideina Broughi (Buller 1896) holotype. Identified by Buller, Walter Lawry 1896. Te Papa

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