2017 New Zealand Event Awards Winners Announced!

It’s been a bumper year for events in New Zealand. That’s apparent in the winners of the flourishing New Zealand Awards, announced at a glittering ceremony held at SKYCITY on Wednesday 11 October.


The winners are:

Best Community Event of the Year 2017

Waitangi Tuwharetoa Ki Pukawa Festival 2017


Best Regional Event of the Year 2017

Pop-up Globe Auckland


Best National Event of the Year 2017 sponsored by New Zealand Major Events

WOMAD New Zealand 2017


Best International Event of the Year 2017 sponsored by New Zealand Major Events

2017 World Shearing and Woolhandling Championships


Best Business Event of the Year 2017 sponsored by Celebrity Speakers

Pinot Noir New Zealand 2017


Best Industry Supplier for an Event 2017 sponsored by Marsh Insurance

ILT Stadium Southland for the 2017 World Shearing and Woolhandling Championships


Best CSR or Community Event Sponsorship of the Year 2017

Flight Centre Foundation Halberg Watersports Programme


Best Arts or Cultural Event Sponsorship of the Year 2017 sponsored by Creative New Zealand

ASB for Auckland Lantern Festival


Best Sports Event Sponsorship of the Year 2017

Barfoot & Thompson for World Masters Games 2017


Emerging Event Professional of the Year 2017 sponsored by Eventfinda

Tim Day (NZ Trail Runs)


Event Sponsorship Professional of the Year 2017

Mike Wootton (ASB)


Event Professional of the Year 2017 sponsored by H3

Jennah Wootten


New Zealand’s Favourite Event of the Year 2017 public vote hosted by Eventfinda

Repco Beach Hop 2017



Thanks to...

These annual Awards could not take place without the support of the industry and sponsors, NZEA would like to thank and acknowledge the following Award Category sponsors :

  • Eventfinda / Emerging Event Professional of the Year
  • H3 / Event Professional of the Year
  • Celebrity Speakers / Best Business Event of the Year
  • Marsh Insurance / Best Industry Supplier for an Event
  • NZ Major Events / Best National Event of the Year
  • NZ Major Events / Best International Event of the Year
  • Creative New Zealand / Best Arts or Cultural Event Sponsorship of the Year


Along with service providers Eventbrite, NZEA’s in-kind ticketing supplier for this event and event producer, Orange Productions.

For further information please contact NZEA Administrator Wendy Wilson on 027 467 4564


Finalists 2017

Best Community Event of the Year

Beach Series
Hawke's Bay Christmas at the Park
KPOP Showdown
Tutukaka Coast Winter Festival
Waitangi Tuwharetoa Ki Pukawa Festival 2017

Best Regional Event of the Year

Farmers Auckland Santa Parade 2016
Paradox: Tauranga Street Art Festival
Pop-up Globe Auckland
Vertical Pursuit 2017
2016 Wellington Jazz Festival
Winetopia

New Zealand Major Events / Best National Event of the Year

Air New Zealand Hawke’s Bay International Marathon
Pinot Noir New Zealand 2017
Repco Beach Hop 17
WOMAD New Zealand 2017

New Zealand Major Events / Best International Event of the Year

2016 Aon Youth Sailing World Championships
Crankworx Rotorua 2016
Royal New Zealand Navy - 75th Anniversary - International Navy Review
SingularityU New Zealand Summit
2017 World Shearing & Woolhandling Championships

Celebrity Speakers / Best Business Event of the Year

Better by Design, CEO Summit
Champion Canterbury Business Awards
Deloitte Top 200 Awards
New Zealand International Business Awards
Pinot Noir New Zealand 2017
PwC Herald Talks

Marsh Insurance / Best Industry Supplier for an Event

Event Solutions NZ Ltd for Bidfood Shows 2017
La Lumiere for Christmas Lights, MOTAT Nights 2016
ILT Stadium Southland for World Shearing and Wool Handling Championships

Best CSR or Community Event Sponsorship of the Year

Farmers Auckland Santa Parade 2016
Flight Centre Foundation Halberg Watersports Programme

Creative New Zealand / Best Arts or Cultural Event Sponsorship of the Year

Anthony Harper for Pop-up Globe
ASB for Auckland Lantern Festival
Tauranga City Council for Paradox Inside: The Oi YOU! Collection

Best Sports Event Sponsorship of the Year

ASB for ASB Auckland Marathon
Barfoot & Thompson for World Masters Games 2017
Mons Royal for Crankworx Rotorua

Eventfinda / Emerging Event Professional of the Year

Ashley Cassin, Hokitika Wildfoods Festival
Cleo Wood, Taranaki Arts Festival Trust
Dan Turner, Rhythm & Vines / Spark Arena / Laneways Festival NZ
Tim Day, NZ Trail Runs

Event Sponsorship Professional of the Year

Kane Silcock, Fonterra
Mike Wootton, ASB
Mildie Meyer-Els, Barfoot & Thompson
Naomie Lye, Cigna

Plus, to be announced on Awards' night:

H3 / Event Professional of the Year

Eventfinda / New Zealand’s Favourite Event of the Year



Judging panel 2017

We’re thrilled to announce the 2017 New Zealand Event Awards Judging Panel.

Drawn from across the arts, sports, sponsorship and business sectors this year’s panel offers a wealth of event expertise at the highest level along with an understanding of how events contribute to the bigger picture of NZ Inc.

Please note Judges will only be allocated 3-4 categories each to consider, therefore removing any potential conflict of interest.



Victoria Murray-Orr
2016 Event Professional of the Year
Martin Peat, Beca (Doris Stroh accepting on behalf)
2016 Emerging Event Professional of the Year
Air New Zealand for Air NZ Queenstown International Marathon
Best Partnership for an Event
Air New Zealand 75 Years: Our nation. The world. Connected.
2016 Best Exhibition of the Year
Pop-up Globe AKL
2016 Best Regional Event of the Year
Air New Zealand Queenstown International Marathon
2016 Best Major Event of the Year
Christmas in the Park Turangi
2016 Best Community Event of the Year
Sidekicker for NZ Polo Open
2016 Best Industry Supplier for an Event
2016 Best Hosted Major Event
The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo
2016 New Zealand's Favourite Event
The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo
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