Social Programme (to be updated)


Ice Breaker
6pm – 8pm
Engineering Core, University of Canterbury
The New Zealand Group invites you to the University for some drinks and canapes.
This is a great opportunity for you to meet with other congress delegates for the first time.


Welcome Reception
6pm – 7.30pm
The Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū
All congress attendees and accompanying persons are invited to a Welcome Reception to celebrate the first day of the Congress. Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū is a landmark building for the city. In September 2010 a magnitude 7.1 earthquake triggered a series of thousands of quakes. On 22 February 2011, following an earthquake that devastated central Christchurch, killing 185 people, the Gallery became the Emergency Operating Centre for the earthquake recovery. 140 base isolators were retrofitted to the basement structure. These effectively allow the building to float during an earthquake, significantly reducing seismic stress on the building and its contents safeguarding both people and precious works of art. The Māori name, Te Puna o Waiwhetū, relates to the life-giving properties of the artesian spring on which the Gallery is built and thier role in contributing to the cultural wellbeing of the community.


Congress Dinner
7pm - Late
The Cardboard Cathedral
The Gala Dinner will be held at the Cardboard Cathedral designed by Shigeru Ban. Acclaimed for his innovative and environmentally conscious use of paper tubes as an architectural material, and his work in disaster situations around the globe, he was invited to Christchurch to design a building that would be a temporary home for the Anglican Cathedral congregation, as well as provide a venue for concerts, exhibitions and other civic events. A three course meal will be provided which will be followed by a cultural performance including the haka – a type of ancient Māori war dance.