Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland has been bidding for and winning
international meetings over the past month, with news it has secured the
Massage & Myotherapy Australia 2023 National Conference, and the
International Society for MR Radiographers and Technologists (ISMRT)
Australia and New Zealand Chapters’ 17th annual meeting, both scheduled
Massage & Myotherapy Australia is the leading representative body
for massage therapists, remedial massage therapists and myotherapists
in Australia, with up to 300 delegates expected to attend the Auckland
Massage & Myotherapy Australia CEO, Ann Davey, said the decision
to hold the meeting offshore coincides with the organisation’s 20th year
and they “wanted to do something with a bit of a bang”.
“We are working with Massage New Zealand to enable us to bring the
best experience not only for our members that may travel but also to
Massage New Zealand members in terms of learning and collaboration,” she
The event bid was supported by Auckland Convention Bureau (ACB), a
division of Tātaki Auckland Unlimited, and Tourism New Zealand’s
Business Events team, with Massage & Myotherapy Australia praising
Auckland’s hands-on approach to research and familiarisation visits for
venues and pre- and post-conference options.
The 2023 International Society for MR Radiographers and Technologists
(ISMRT) Australia and New Zealand Chapters’ 17th annual meeting will be
held from November 18 to 19 at Auckland’s Cordis Hotel.
It too is expected to attract around 300 delegates.
ISMRT New Zealand Chapter president, Sarah Green, said the meeting
will mark the first time the trans-Tasman chapters have met in person in
New Zealand since 2015.
“Meeting in Auckland allows for a diversity of speakers and it gives
New Zealand professionals the chance to attend the event closer to home.
People love going to Auckland, it is a great host city,” she said.
This meeting is also being supported by Tourism New Zealand’s
Business Events team and Auckland Convention Bureau’s (ACB) Auckland
Business Events Fund, which offers investment to help secure national
and international business events for the region.
ACB Manager, Ken Pereira, believes that facilitating a platform for MRI specialists to upskill and network benefits everyone.
“In addition, we get the opportunity to host Australasian visitors
and showcase the great hospitality and amazing activities that Tāmaki
Makarau Auckland and New Zealand have to offer,” he said.