Pride In Print returns to Christchurch (updated)

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Pride In Print is returning to the Garden City this year, with Wigram’s Air Force Museum of New Zealand to host the print industry’s gala event on Friday May 12.

Pride In Print Awards manager Sue Archibald says the Christchurch print sector – so badly affected by the Canterbury earthquakes – will very deservedly host what is expected to be a superb show.

“We have all been affected by the so many heart-wrenching stories about what the people of Canterbury had to go through, with many still facing significant challenges to return their lives to normal,” said Archibald.

“There have also been many touching stories of courage, determination and unbridled generosity – with members of our industry featuring in many of these.

“Now we have a chance to let those colleagues, their families and their customers take centre stage in our industry’s special celebration.”

Historical setting
Vbase general manager Darren Burden says his team is thrilled to add the Awards Night to the growing list of large post-earthquake events the company has hosted and added that attendees would find the venue and rebuilt city “an attractive proposition”.

“The fact Pride In Print is coming back to Christchurch shows their faith in Christchurch, the venue and Vbase,” he said.

“Air Force Museum of New Zealand is set on 37 hectares, has lots of free parking and its location is appealing and easy to get to (between the airport and town). The historical setting of the museum provides a point of interest to the guests.

“Christchurch has also had a raft of iconic, different venues open up in the last few years with more opening each year. With certain aspects of the hospitality industry, for example bars and restaurants, more are open now than there were before the earthquakes.

“Things are well and truly headed in the right direction – well, better in fact, as Christchurch will be a wonderfully-planned city when it’s finished.”

Hornby-based Orora Cartons operations manager Nigel Harrison says he is elated Christchurch will be hosting its first Awards Night since 2011.

“Personally I am delighted to see Pride In Print return and I am sure I talk for all South Island printers — one more step in the healing of our wonderful city,” says the printer.

The hall
Opened as an extension in 2013, the Conference & Events Hall was designed to feature many of the collection’s large objects, according to the Air Force Museum website.

Due to the pressing need for suitable venues for corporate activity in Christchurch after the 2010/2011 earthquakes, the Air Force Museum Trust Board partnered with Vbase to help market the city, using the new building to meet the demand.

Transport & hotels
Sue Archibald says that for delegates residing in the city, accommodation offers and transportation would be organised from these hotels to the Awards Night venue, located at 45 Harvard Avenue.

“It’s exciting and we are so glad to bring Pride In Print back to Christchurch”

  • Contact Sue Archibald at 021 663-881.

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