The WMG2017 Observer Programme is designed to give participants a complete overview of the Games from the bidding process to sales and marketing to commercial partnerships to operational management of venues and ceremonies.

Beginning with the Opening Ceremony at Eden Park on 21 April 2017, the programme will provide a rich range of information sessions and field trips across Auckland, concluding on 25 April 2017 at the Entertainment Hub on Queens Wharf.  Along the way, participants will meet and hear from key members of the WMG2017 team including Chief Executive Jennah Wootten, management and operational staff, and a selection of WMG2017 Games Ambassadors.

The programme base and official transport hub will be at SKYCITY Auckland, the official hotel and fine dining partner of WMG2017.

You can download a brochure including a draft programme below.

Benefits of Attending

The programme includes:

  • Attendance at the WMG2017 Opening Ceremony in the VIP Lounge at Eden Park. 
  • In-depth briefing on all aspects of Games management and operational delivery and an associated information pack.
  • Tours of a range of Games competition and social venues spanning differing sports while operational.
  • Opportunities to network, share ideas and learn from fellow event professionals from around the world.
  • Behind the scenes tours of key WMG2017 command centres including Games HQ.

How do I Register?

Please register using the online registration form which can be found below.  You will be sent a confirmation via email once you have completed the process.  Please note that spaces are limited.

The registration package includes:

  • All transfers/travel from SKYCITY for official programme activities.
  • Entry to the WMG2017 Opening Ceremony in the VIP Lounge.
  • A delegate pack including all presentations and associated documentation.
  • Public transport pass and Auckland sightseeing pass offering access to some of Auckland’s best attractions.
  • Lunch and morning/afternoon teas during the official programme days.




 Registration Closes

Early Bird 

NZ$875 incl GST

30 November 2016


NZ$995 incl GST

3 March 2017

Observer Programme Terms and Conditions can be found here.


For more information, please contact