We are closed for a major upgrade

Napier Conference Centre is currently closed for business whilst undergoing earthquake strengthening and major redevelopment. We are scheduled to reopen in February 2017. We are still taking enquiries and bookings for 2017 and onwards so please don't hesitate to contact us with any queries by phoning +64 6 835 9001 or emailing events@venues.co.nz

Sustainable Practices

sustainability/sustainable-practicesWe have implemented many initiatives that allow us to minimise the impact of our operation on the environment. These include:

Waste Management

  • Recycling stations are situated throughout the venue for glass, plastic, paper and aluminium.
  • Bio-degradable cups are available at water stations.
  • Organic waste from the kitchen is collected by a local pig farmer.
  • Paper & cardboard recycling stations are situated in administration offices, staff rooms and at conference registration desk.
  • 100% recycled products are used for toilet & paper hand towels.
  • Double side printing used when appropriate.
  • When possible, re-usable containers are used from suppliers.
  • Kitchen cooking oil is refreshed and old oil recycled locally.
  • Filter coffee and sugar bowls are used to reduce individually wrapped condiments.
  • We use biodegradable rubbish bags.
  • We use rechargeable batteries when possible.
  • Fluorescent light tubes, energy efficient light bulbs and battery waste are separated for collection.

Pollution Prevention

  • Micro cloths are used for cleaning.
  • Any chemical products used for cleaning are carefully measured and highly diluted.
  • Foaming soap dispensers are provided in all bathrooms to control quantity used.
  • We use Kemsol Green, Care4 and Jflex dilution control technology cleaning products that meet Environmental Choice standards.
  • Floors are steam cleaned.
  • We use Deb green certified foaming hand soap.
  • Air fresheners in bathrooms are atomised.

Energy Efficiency

  • We have a ‘Switch-off Policy’ in place for all lights, air-conditioning, heating and other electronic devices for all staff to adhere to when conference rooms are not in use.
  • Light sensors are installed in all bathrooms, storage areas and outdoor security lighting.
  • Natural light is utilised in upper level conference rooms during cleaning and set-up.
  • Thermal lined drapes are featured in the upper level conference rooms.
  • A cold water high pressure rinse tap operates in the kitchen to reduce hot water use.
  • We continually monitor our energy use and work towards reducing energy costs on a monthly and annual basis.
  • Our hot water cylinders are wrapped.

Water Efficiency & Quality

  • All toilets are run on a dual flush system and urinals are timing activated.
  • Self closing taps installed in all bathrooms and cleaning cupboards.

Market Place

  • We regularly survey our customers and evaluate satisfaction levels.

Supply Chain

  • Local produce and wines are incorporated in menus.
  • We encourage our local suppliers to reduce the use of or recycle packaging.

Policies and Procedures

  • We have a simple ‘Environmental and Sustainable Business Policy’ on display to ensure it is easily read and understood by customers and staff.
  • All staff sign a copy of the Policy during induction.

Workplace Practices

  • Staff are very conscious of our current sustainable practices and are committed to ensuring the success of our business operation.
  • A staff representative forms part of the Tourism Services Department "Green Team" and attends quarterly meetings.
  • A section on sustainability is incorporated in the WMC staff induction process.
  • Staff are actively encouraged to log ideas on the team notice board.
  • Sustainable ideas are discussed and recorded at monthly staff meetings.

Community Involvement

  • All staff have an agreed objective as part of their annual performance appraisal in respect to donating time to a charity or a community organisation.
  • We are able to assist charity and community organisations with discounted venue rental when their event directly benefits the citizens of Napier.
  • We regularly have students from the Eastern Institute of Technology (EIT) to visit our facilities and when appropriate we assist both EIT and local High Schools with workplace experience.
  • Staff donated food to the Napier Community food bank during its 2011 and 2012 Annual Christmas Appeal.
  • Staff participated in the Living Legends tree planting.
  • Newspaper is separated and collected for the SPCA.

Achievements since 2011

  • 2 boxes collected of fluorescent light tubes and bulbs total of 80kg.
  • Batteries collected in total of 29kgs.
  • Cardboard bins enptied bi-monthly or when full.
  • Glass bottles, plastic bottles and Aluminium bins are checked and emptied weekly or when full.
  • Newspaper separated and collected for SPCA since 2012 in total 168kgs or 24 shopping bags.
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