Victory Convention Centre

Victory Convention CentreVictory Convention Centre’s journey to Gold began in the lead up to Te Ao Tangata – Inclusive by Design, Aotearoa’s 3rd annual Universal Design Conference. Be. Accessible assessed the center to ensure as many people as possible could access the conference. Their initial rating was a Silver, but within 10 short days the team had implemented a raft of changes, and were swiftly upgraded to Gold!

These changes included:

1. Painting four accessible car parks directly opposite the main entrance into the Convention Centre

2. Installing way finding signage from the entrance to the accessible car parks

3. Providing information about access on their website

4. Installing a large way finding sign in the main foyer at the entrance

Victory Convention Centre is not only accessible across all facilities, but it is also in a great location. Overlooking Victoria Park on one side and the Auckland Harbour on the other, it is a great location for large scale events in the city. Attendees of the Universal Design Conference spoke about how friendly and helpful the staff were towards their access needs, from greeting them at their cars with an umbrella, to taking their assistance dogs out for fresh air – not to mention the center itself being incredibly easy to navigate.

Be. Coach flew up from Wellington with her guide dog Pedro for the event. “I found the site very easy to get around, with clearly identified staff and volunteers, who were all very helpful and willing to take my guide dog out for a walk. This would have to be one of the most accessible conferences I have ever attended.”

Be. Welcome Relationship Manager Lauren Wetini assessed the site, and commended Victory Convention Centre’s commitment to continual improvement. "The management at Victory Convention Centre worked really hard to improve access for the Universal Design Conference, knowing the changes they would make would benefit everybody attending future events. They have a goal to become the first events center to reach Platinum, which is really exciting".