Not surprisingly, the NZACA has been advised by Auckland Venues they cannot host our event planned for 19-20 October. There is no certainty all the country will be at Alert Level 1 by the time of our Conference. This is disappointing for all of us, but a reality of the COVID-19 environment.
When it comes to delivering the Conference, the Association has two key priorities, the first being the health and safety of all those that attend and second, fulfilling the needs of the sector with a top-class event that is informative, relevant, entertaining and in-person.
It is with these priorities in mind that rather than cancelling the event, we will reschedule it. Therefore, we are pleased to announce Conference 2021 will take place in Christchurch from Tuesday 1 to Thursday 3 March 2022 at Te Pae, the Christchurch Convention Centre.
Conference will open at 10am on Tuesday and close at lunchtime on Thursday, with the Trade Exhibition running over two days, 1-2 March. The Welcome Function will be on 1 March and the Gala Dinner and Excellence in Care Awards Ceremony on 2 March.
We appreciate the rescheduling will cause some inconvenience, but we hope that you will support the Association making the event possible by coming to Christchurch. We are very much looking forward to returning to the Garden City, the first time our event will have been held there since before the 2011 earthquake and hosting you all in the fabulous new Te Pae Convention Centre.
Another disappointment is again having to postpone the joint NZACA/RVA conference that was planned for August 2022 in Christchurch. We are working to reschedule this event for 2023.
For supporters of the Conference who can come to Christchurch, either as delegates, exhibitors, or sponsors, we will transfer your registration to March. If you can’t make the rescheduled conference, to arrange a refund, please send your booking reference and bank account details to Min Su at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are also aware that many of you will have booked accommodation in Auckland and flights in and out of the city. If you made a booking at an NZACA endorsed hotel, either the Hilton, Sebel, Sky City or Sky City Grand, a refund will be made but you must contact the hotel directly. For those with flight bookings please contact either Air New Zealand or Jetstar directly to arrange a credit or to rebook flights.
Our team is working urgently on planning for the March event, and we will update attendees via email and our Conference website over the coming days and weeks.
Please direct any queries to June Murugan, Events and Marketing, at email@example.com.
Thank you for your understanding and continued support.
Conference is brought to you by the NZ Aged Care Association Education Trust.