An excellent programme of Social Functions had been put together for the conference that promised delegates a tantalizing taste of some of the great locations, cuisine and performance art of Christchurch and New Zealand.

Welcome Reception

Date: Monday, 2 May 2016
Time: 19.00-21.00
Location: Transitional Cathedral
Dress Code: Smart casual
Fee: Included in the registration fee for delegates with full registration and accompanying persons

The Welcome Reception took place at the Transitional Cathedral, a new built cathedral building. The Transitional Cathedral was built after the original Christchurch Cathedral was badly damaged in the earthquake. The rest of the old cathedral is still standing showing what large damages happened to many buildings. The room was packed, the talk was loud and both reunions took place and new acquaintances were formed. 

FIG Farewell Reception

Date: Friday, 6 May, 2016
Time: 15.00-16.00
Location: Lot 55, Horncastle Arena

After the closing ceremony, participants gathered for a drink and snacks to conclude the busy week with friends and had a taste of the
forthcoming Working Week, which will take place in Helsinki, Finland (

Optional Social Programme

The following events are not included in the registration fee for delegates and accompanying persons. If you require tickets to these events please complete the section on the online registration form.

Home Hospitality

Date: Sunday, 1 May 2016
Time: 19.30 -
Venue: Various
Fee: 50 EUR

Our friendly Christchurch surveyors had opened their homes to delegates and partners for an informal dinner experience.

Kiwi Evening / Foundation Dinner

Date: Tuesday, 3 May 2016
Time: 19.30-23.00
Venue: Horncastle Arena
Dress Code: Smart casual
Fee: 85 EUR - 155 NZD


The Kiwi Evening which is also a dinner in support of FIG Foundation and supported by Trimble included a traditional Maori performance. At this performance especially the male participants had the possibility to find their inner male soul by shouting out loudly and practise their dancing skills. The relaxed atmosphere – apart from the shouting – gave a good opportunity to mingle and meet.

Commission Dinners

Date: Wednesday, 4 May 2016
Time: TBA
Venue: To be decided by each Commission
Fee: Individual paymen

The commission dinners were traditionally held on the second conference day. Right before the dinner the commission meetings were scheduled, so that it would be possible to go directly from the more serious meeting to a nice get-together dinner in relaxed surroundings. Some commissions joint forces and invited to a joint dinner whereas other commissions organised their own dinners.

Gala Dinner

Date: Thursday, 5 May 2016
Time: 19.30-23.00
Location: Air Force Museum of New Zealand
Dress Code: Formal
Fee: 95 EUR - 165 NZD

The Gala Dinner was held at the Air Force Museum of New Zealand. The exhibition area was open and the dinner was held in the hangar and the dinner tables were surrounded by all the airplanes. It was a very special experience to sit among the old air planes enjoying a wonderful dinner. A trio entertained with an enormous repertoire, and the dance floor was filled up to the very end.

At the Gala Dinner surrounded by airplanes

More photos from photo booth

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