University of Canterbury
The University of Canterbury Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha is a research-led university with nearly 23,000 students, mostly at its campus in the north of the city. It is an international university, with over 100 nationalities represented on campus and half of the academic staff born overseas. The university prides itself on the quality of the student experience and the focus on care for students and the land, encapsulated in three values: whanaunga (togetherness), tiaki (nurturing) and manaaki (care). The university, founded 150 years ago by settlers, is now in partnership with tangata whenua, the indigenous people of the region.
The Media and Communication Department Te Tari Mātai Pāpāho sits within Arts, one of six faculties, and teaches primarily onto degrees in Communication, Strategic Communication and Arts. It has a long history in teaching journalism and research strengths in political communication, journalism studies, science communication and alternative media.
Aotearoa | New Zealand
Aotearoa New Zealand is a land of immigrants, from the first waka (canoes) 1000 years ago to European settlers in the nineteenth century and immigration from the Pacific and Asia since the mid-twentieth century. Our welcome to you reflects that distinctive set of identities, including strong connections across Te Moana Nui a Kiwa, the Pacific Ocean, and a shared legacy of responding to historical and ongoing colonial impacts on health, environment and security. Aotearoa New Zealand provides a distinctive place within which to reflect on the contemporary and post-colonial, the constraints and opportunities of peripheral communication systems, indigenous communication and the global.
Be inspired by our stunning landscapes, natural wonders, rich culture and most importantly our warm and welcoming people. Our breath-taking scenery is the perfect backdrop for a diverse range of activities, from the adrenaline-pumping and active, to the laid-back and luxurious. With world-class convention venues, accommodation options to suit every taste, and a reputation for being safe and friendly, the scene is set for an exceptional conference. Head for the snowy mountains, make a beeline for golden coastlines, or soak up cafe culture in a friendly town. Diverse scenery and unique culture mean there is a wide range of distinct places to visit in New Zealand. Come and enjoy an unforgettable event.
Ōtautahi | Christchurch
Ōtautahi Christchurch is a bit traditional and a bit radical. When 14 bronzes were commissioned of twentieth-century ‘local heroes’, alongside the engineers and industrialists were the likes of Elsie Locke, feminist, peace activist, children’s author and communist, modernist architect Miles Warren and Ngāi Tahu leader Tīpene O’Regan, who led the fight for the return of land and resources to the tribe. In the late nineteenth century, the city was home to Kate Sheppard and the New Zealand movement that won women the right to vote.
The city celebrates its colonial heritage but also has an inner city rebuilt after earthquakes a decade ago, including urban art by Māori and settler artists and innovative civic architecture. Te Pae, its new conference centre on the banks of the Avon river will host IAMCR 2024.
The city is the gateway to the natural beauty of the South Island. Skifields, vineyards, whale watching and a thermal resort are an hour and a half away. The wider region has glacial mountains, beaches, lakes, hiking, cycle ways and more.
The city’s art galleries and museums tell the region’s stories, plus an Antarctic Centre focused on its role in exploration and science of the southern continent.
Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre
The conference will take place at the Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre, a state-of-the-art facility opened in December 2021.
One of its most striking features is the 43,000 exterior tiles that reflect the Canterbury region's braided rivers, a design element that extends throughout the building. It has views of the Avon River and of two of the city’s squares, making it a venue that also captures the essence of the city.
The venue meets high accessibility standards and the conference committees aim to accommodate access for all.