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New Zealand Event Awards 2017 Finalists Announced
11 September 2017

New Zealand Event Awards Finalists for 2017 were announced today by the New Zealand Events Association.

The Awards’ 2017 Judging Panel is independent of NZEA and possesses a wealth of experience across the arts, sports, sponsorship and business sectors of New Zealand collectively. The Judges made note in their deliberations this year of the high calibre of entries across the board and the sheer breadth of diversity in the industry. It was also observed through the applications that nationally the event industry in New Zealand has some very strong and exciting emerging talent.

New Zealand Events Association Chair Andrea Scotland is delighted to congratulate the Awards’ finalists.

“Our finalists have pushed boundaries and set new benchmarks in dynamic and innovative ways. Year on year we are seeing a sustained growth in terms of the level of awards applications which we are receiving, not only is that incredibly exciting but it also shows how strong the events industry is in New Zealand and the contribution it makes to the wider NZ Inc.

“We are delighted to be able to celebrate as an industry and recognise their achievements at New Zealand Event Awards Gala Evening.”

2017 New Zealand Event Awards Finalists:

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


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 – NEW CATEGORY

-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

-Stadium South for World Shearing and Wool Handling Championships

Best CSR or Community Event Sponsorship of the Year – NEW CATEGORY

-Farmers Auckland Santa Parade 2016

-Flight Centre Foundation Halberg Watersports Programme

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

-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 – NEW CATEGORY

-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 – NEW CATEGORY

-Kane Silcock, Fonterra

-Mike Wootton, ASB

-Mildie Meyer-Els, Barfoot & Thompson

-Naomie Lye, Cigna

Plus, to be announced on Award’s night:

H3 / Event Professional of the Year

Eventfinda / New Zealand’s Favourite Event of the Year

Public voting for New Zealand’s Favourite Event of 2017 will open later this week. The general public will be able to cast their vote for any of the finalists in the Community, Regional, National and International event categories above to win the title.

All category winners will be announced at the Event Awards Evening on 11th October at SKYCITY in Auckland. Last year’s Awards evening sold out, tickets for 2017 can still be purchased at Eventbrite.

In conjunction with the Awards evening, NZEA is also facilitating the following optional opportunities pre-event on the afternoon of 11th October.

  • Pop-up Globe presentation: Learn how to bring new event ideas from concept to acclaim with Tobias Grant, the executive producer of the Pop-up Globe and his guest Dr Miles Gregory Artistic Director, Founder & CEO, Pop-up Globe. Session includes Q&A.
  • NZICC Tour: A ‘behind the scenes’ tour of the New Zealand International Convention Centre: from the building site viewing platform with an interactive floor plan. (Limited number with priority given to ‘out of Auckland’ attendees at this stage)

For further Awards information and how to book please visit


Notes to the editor:

2017 New Zealand Event Awards Judging Panel:

  • Stephen Wainwright, CEO, Creative New Zealand
  • James McGlinn, CEO, Eventfinda
  • Hetty Van Hale, Communications Manager, Infinity Investment Group
  • Callum Mallett, General Manager Operations, New Zealand International Convention Centre
  • Mandy Deans, Event Manager, Warbirds Over Wanaka International Airshow
  • Michael Boggs, CEO, NZ Media & Entertainment (NZME)
  • Norm Thompson, Deputy Chair, Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED)
  • Karl Budge, Tournament & Commercial Director, Tennis Auckland
  • Mike Keech, Manager – Sponsorship and Licensing, WelTec and Whitireia New Zealand and Chief of One, Impact Sponsorship

New Zealand Events Association (NZEA), formerly known as New Zealand Association of Event Professionals, was formed more than a decade ago. Its purpose is to advocate for all aspects of events nationally; their economic outcomes and social benefits, and the people who work and volunteer in and around this unique industry in New Zealand. The annual awards aim to establish excellence in benchmarking the industry, judging not just what the event is, but how it was run.

A sample of NZ Event Awards 2016’s winners:

NZ’s Favourite Event 2016 - The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Best Regional Event of the Year – Pop Up Globe AKL

Best Community Event of the Year – Christmas in the Park, Turangi

Best Major Event – Air New Zealand Queenstown International Marathon

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

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