Christchurch announced as host city to the 2022 Golf Matters Conference



Wednesday 12 January 2022 

Golf Matters 2022 New Zealand Golf Conference & Expo Announce Christchurch as host city for August 2022.  

The New Zealand Golf Industry Council (NZGIC) is pleased to announce that an agreement has been reached with ChristchurchNZ and Te Pae to host Golf Matters 2022, New Zealand Golf Conference & Expo. 

Christchurch, New Zealand’s ‘Garden City’ is an excellent and exciting destination with the choice of venue supported by the collective arms of ChristchurchNZ and Tourism NZ, who were very proactive in seeking agreement, reached at the end of 2021. 

Timing of this agreement coincided with the opening of the $475million new convention centre, Te Pae.  A ceremonial opening was held on the 17 December 2021 where dignatories and media were given ‘their first look’ at the 1400 seat auditorium, 24 meeting rooms and banquet areas for 1800 in a small but appropriate presentation. 

The public opening of Te Pae will take place in February 2022 but conference organiser for Golf Matters 2022, NZ Golf Conference & Expo, Denise Langdon was also given a preview late last year. 

“It is simply stunning” Langdon said.  “We are expecting a large delegation to attend Golf Matters 2022 from around the country, those who have any stake, interest or role in golf in New Zealand will be treated to one of the country’s most modern and advanced facilities, it will serve our ambitious conference plans well” 

Golf Matters 2022, NZ Golf Conference & Expo is an initiative of the New Zealand Golf Industry Council (NZGIC) whose members include Golf New Zealand, the PGA of New Zealand, Golf Managers Association and the New Zealand Golf Course Superintendents Association. 

This is the first conference of its kind in New Zealand – and possibly the world. The initiative will bring together all the sectors of the golf industry so that delegates and attendees will have the opportunity to network amongst both New Zealand and international golfing peers. 

Presentations will provide critical insights and lively debates on issues facing the golf industry now and moving into the future. 

“Golf in New Zealand has seen a huge boost in the past two years, despite a global pandemic” stated Sam Sullivan, chairman of NZGIC. “While some areas of the industry are still hurting such as travel and tourism, all other sectors are booming - golf equipment, golf course materials, products and machinery to name a few. And of course, we are seeing the associated benefits that come with new players taking up or returning to golf, rounds are up – as are memberships. As an industry we have an opportunity to capitalise on this growth moving forward into 2023 and beyond” 

The dates are set for the 8-10 August 2022 with a programme that is being developed with thought provoking presentations and forums with golf leaders and innovators worldwide.  

“While we have hopes for many internationals to attend” Sullivan said, “we are mindful of the on-going challenges of border openings and the travel restrictions that Covid has had and continuing to impose.  We are working with our key presenters for on-line presentations and “Zui’s”, streaming in from around the world”. 

Presenters and the programme line up will be released in February with delegation registrations open at that time.  NZGIC is currently confirming presentations and support from golf experts from the Club Management Association of America (CMMA), the European Tour, WPGA Tour of Australasia, International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO) and the R&A along with media, Olympic representatives and engaging men and women from the golf professional ranks. 

“We are also looking to involve other key notes speakers from associated industries such as travel, tourism, finance and other high profile sports, said Sullivan.  “It is an exciting line up, which along with our forum and Expo plans will be a golf industry event that no-one involved in our sport, in New Zealand, in any sector or level, should miss”

Megan Crum, head of business events for ChristchurchNZ, called the Te Pae opening “a momentous shift in our city’s capability to host business events”.  ChristchurchNZ has calculated that attendees at business events spend an average of $375 per day, compared with $232 for international visitors and $155 for domestic travellers.

The New Zealand Golf Industry Council (NZGIC) was founded in 2017 and established to encourage coordination and collaboration between organisations in the New Zealand Golf Industry to achieve the goal of growing the sport of golf.

Membership of the NZGIC is open to all organisations and interested individuals within the Golf Industry. For more information go to:


Contact for conference, media & sponsorship enquiries

Denise Langdon

NZGIC Board Member


Tel: +64 (0)27 566 2385



More on Te Pae Convention Centre & Christchurch

  • Te Pae – ‘ A meeting place’
  • Over 100 events planned for 2022, expected bring more than 70,000 people into the city
  • Te Pae is forecast to bring in $60m a year to Christchurch’s economy
  • Funded by the Crown as an earthquake rebuild project, it has taken 3.3 million hours of labour to build
  • Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre is the city’s gathering place – an architectural and social landmark designed as a welcoming heart in the centre of Christchurch.
  • Te Pae Christchurch is located along the banks of the Ōtākaro Avon River and close to Victoria Park – a tranquil, natural environment in the very heart of the city.
  • The building overlooks the Avon River, Victoria Square and Cathedral Square. While large for Christchurch, on a global scale it is a boutique convention centre.
  • The Hospitality rooms known as the River Rooms, are named after Canterbury’s iconic braided rivers
  • The 43,000 exterior tiles represent Canterbury’s braided rivers, with the river theme carried through to the shape of the windows and the carpet design.
  • The reception area has a 2-tonne marble reception desk, timber columns, and an illuminated artwork called Hana, designed by Ngāi Tahu sculptor Loni Hutchinson. 
  • The 1400-seat auditorium has a 9-metre by 18.5m screen and can be divided into two 700-seat spaces.
  • Next door the banquet hall can seat 1000 people and can be used for meetings and seminars.
  • Downstairs are several meeting rooms, and a 2800-square-metre exhibition hall that can be expanded to 3300sqm or divided up.
  • The building will be operated by Australian firm ASM Global and has 200 staff. Fifty are full-time, while 150 will work part-time providing technical, hospitality and security services for events.
  • The central city area of Ōtautahi Christchurch was of great significance to local Māori as a traditional meeting place. Local iwi Ngāi Tahu made the region their home in the early 1700s.
  • Christchurch is the largest city in the South Island, and the second largest in New Zealand. It is one. of New Zealand’s oldest cities, first established by European settlers in 1856.
  • Central Christchurch is home to nearly 4,000 businesses, employing around 40,000 people.