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NZEA Event Awards 2018 Finalists Announced

04 December 2018

The New Zealand Event Awards finalists for 2018 were announced today by the New Zealand Events Association.

The Awards’ 2018 Judging Panel is independent of the NZEA and possesses a wealth of experience across the arts, sports, sponsorship and business sectors of New Zealand collectively. The judges made comment in their deliberations this year about the importance of uniqueness, innovation and legacy in events, and how many of the finalists clearly demonstrated these traits. Sound management, strategic planning, and clear objectives were, as always, important factors for judges also. At times, the scoring was very difficult for the judges with great events often ranked very closely.

New Zealand Events Association Chair Graham Rouse is delighted to congratulate the Awards’ finalists.

“Our finalists have demonstrated outstanding vision, innovation and results. This, combined with sustained growth in the volume of awards applications we are receiving year on year, is a really positive indication of the strength of the events industry in New Zealand and the positive impact that it has on people, communities and the economy. I am looking forward to celebrating with the sector and recognising the finalists’ achievements at the NZEA Event Awards function.”

All category winners will be announced at the NZEA Event Awards function to be held in Auckland on 26 March 2019 at Shed 10. Tickets will be on sale later this month through Eventfinda, kindly supporting the ticketing for this event.

Public voting for New Zealand’s Favourite Event of 2018 will open in February 2019. The general public will be able to cast their vote for any of the finalists in nine of the event categories above to win the title.

The 2018-19 NZEA Awards campaign is proudly supported by ATEED as the Host City Partner with ATEED, New Zealand International Convention Centre, Fresh Info, Eventfinda, and Sidekicker as our Category Sponsors and Shed 10 as our Venue Sponsor.

For further information on the NZEA Event Awards, please visit https://nzea.co/awards/


2018 NZEA Event Awards Finalists:

Individual Awards (by nomination):

Best Emerging Event Professional 2018 | Sponsored by New Zealand International Convention Centre

Brenna McCann (Dunedin Venues Management Ltd)

Nastassia Dykman (New Zealand Trade and Enterprise)

Best Event Professional 2018 | Sponsored by ATEED

Andrew Tuck (Homegrown Events & Precision Events)

Caroline Ah Chong Douglas (SKYCITY)

Emily Byrne (Tourism Industry Aotearoa)

Mandy Deans (Warbirds Over Wanaka Community Trust)

Rae Baker (Queenstown Winter Festival)

Best Event Sponsorship Professional 2018

Amy McNicol (AIG)

Jonathan Spittle (SKYCITY)

Sector Awards:

Best Arts or Cultural Event 2018 | Sponsored by Fresh Info

A Waka Odyssey (New Zealand Festival)

M?oriland Film Festival (M?oriland Charitable Trust)

Matariki Festival 2018 (Auckland Council)

Pop-up Globe Auckland Season 3 (Pop-up Globe Auckland)

Te Hui Ahurei a Tuhoe

Best Business Event 2018 | Sponsored by New Zealand International Convention Centre

50 Years of Fieldays 2018 (New Zealand National Fieldays Society)

Better By Design CEO Summit (New Zealand Trade and Enterprise)

Meo Launch Event (Type 40 Events)

Social Enterprise World Forum 2017 (Conference Innovators)

TRENZ (Tourism Industry Aotearoa)

Best Corporate Social Responsibility or Not-for-Profit Event 2018 | Sponsored by Sidekicker

Birds of a Feather Conservation Ball (Real Journeys)

InMotion Matariki Parade 2018 (Touch Compass Dance Trust)

IRONM?ORI Taup?-nui-a-Tia 2018 (Tuwharetoa Maori Trust Board)

Starship Foundation 25th Anniversary Charity Ball (Uno Loco)

The Haier Big Hoot (Child Cancer Foundation)

Best Sports Event 2018 | Sponsored by Fresh Info

Anchor AIMS Games 2017 (AIMS Games Trust)

Crankworx Rotorua (In partnership with Rotorua Lakes Council)

Heineken Urban Polo (Polo Events Ltd)

WSF World Junior Squash Championships 2017 (BOP Major Squash Events Incorporated)

Best Sustainable Event 2018 | Sponsored by ATEED

Night Noodle Markets (Stuff Limited)

Social Enterprise World Forum 2017 (Conference Innovators)


Excellence Awards:

Best Community Event 2018 | Sponsored by Sidekicker

ArtBeat (Creative Northland)

Hawke's Bay Christmas at the Park (Kaisen Charitable Trust)

HighLight: Carnival of Lights 2017 (Hutt City Council)

IRONM?ORI Taup?-nui-a-Tia 2018 (Tuwharetoa Maori Trust Board)

Light Up Bike Spectacle (Whanganui District Council)

Best Regional Event 2018 | Sponsored by Fresh Info

Tremains Art Deco Festival 2018 (Art Deco Trust)

New Zealand International Science Festival

The Haier Big Hoot (Child Cancer Foundation)

The Real Journeys Queenstown Winter Festival 2018 (Queenstown Winter Festival)

Best National Event 2018 | Sponsored by Eventfinda

50 Years of Fieldays 2018 (New Zealand National Fieldays Society)

Anchor AIMS Games 2017 (AIMS Games Trust)

Beervana 2017 (Wellington Culinary Events Trust Inc.)

Jim Beam Homegrown 2018 (Homegrown Events Limited)

Saint Clair Vineyard Half Marathon (The Grape Run Ltd)

Warbirds Over Wanaka International Airshow (Warbirds Over Wanaka Community Trust)

Best International Event 2018 | Sponsored by Eventfinda

Crankworx Rotorua (In partnership with Rotorua Lakes District Council)

HSBC NZ Sevens (37 South Events and New Zealand Rugby)

WSF World Junior Squash Championships 2017 (BOP Major Squash Events Incorporated (BOPMSE))

Best Event Sponsorship 2018

Anthony Harper for Pop-up Globe (Anthony Harper)

SKYCITY for SKYCITY Vertical Challenge (SKYCITY)

WCET & Visa for Visa Wellington on a Plate (Wellington Culinary Events Trust Inc.)

Best Local Government Event 2018 | Sponsored by Eventfinda

HighLight: Carnival of Lights 2017 (Hutt City Council)

Light Up Bike Spectacle (Whanganui District Council)

Paint the Town Ed (Dunedin City Council)

Pop ‘n' Good Bike Park Opening (Waipa District Council)

Snow in the Park (Henderson-Massey Local Board and Auckland Council)

Sort it Careers Expo (CEDA)


Delivery Awards:

Best Supplier 2018| Sponsored by New Zealand International Convention Centre

Continental Event Hire

Platform 4 Group

Sidekicker

Best Venue 2018 | Sponsored by Sidekicker

FMG Stadium Waikato for RLWC 2017 & HSBC NZ Sevens 2018 (H3 Group)

Forsyth Barr Stadium for the Ed Sheeran concerts (Dunedin Venues Management Ltd)

Westpac Stadium for the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 Qualifier - International Playoff: NZ v Peru (Wellington Regional Stadium Trust)

ENDS

Notes to the editor:

2018 NZEA Event Awards Judging Panel:

(In alphabetical order)

  • Allyssa Eastaugh, Managing Director Convene Group
  • Callum Mallett, General Manager Operations, New Zealand International Convention Centre (NZICC)
  • Hetty Van Hale, Communications Manager, Infinity Investment Group
  • James McGlinn, CEO, Eventfinda
  • Karl Budge, Tournament & Commercial Director, Tennis Auckland
  • Kylie Archer, Chief Operating Officer for Expo 2020
  • Loren Heaphy, General Manager - Destination and Attraction, ChristchurchNZ
  • Mike Keech, Manager – Sponsorship Professional - Brand & Rights | Keynote Speaker & Panellist | Sponsorship Educator & Career Advisor
  • Mike Wootton, Grolab & mikewootton.co
  • Norm Thompson, Deputy Chair, Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED)
  • Stephen Wainwright, CEO, Creative New Zealand

New Zealand Events Association (NZEA), formerly known as New Zealand Association of Event Professionals, was formed more than a decade ago and now has over 1,000 members. The Association represents the ever-increasing breadth of the New Zealand events industry. Its purpose is to advocate 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 NZEA Event Awards aim to establish excellence in benchmarking the industry, judging not just what the event is, but also how it was delivered.

For reference, the list of NZEA Event Award winners for 2017:

  • Best Community Event - Waitangi Tuwharetoa Ki Pukawa Festival
  • Best Regional Event - Pop-up Globe Auckland
  • Best National Event - WOMAD New Zealand
  • Best International Event - World Shearing and Woolhandling Championships
  • Best Business Event - Pinot Noir New Zealand
  • Best Industry Supplier for an Event - ILT Stadium Southland
  • Best CSR or Community Event Sponsorship - Flight Centre Foundation Halberg Watersports Programme
  • Best Arts or Cultural Event Sponsorship - ASB for Auckland Lantern Festival
  • Best Sports Event Sponsorship - Barfoot & Thompson for World Masters Games
  • Emerging Event Professional - Tim Day (NZ Trail Runs)
  • Event Sponsorship Professional - Mike Wootton (ASB)
  • Event Professional of the Year - Jennah Wootten
  • New Zealand’s Favourite Event of the Year - Repco Beach Hop

For further information, please contact NZEA General Manager Ségolène de Fontenay on 027 484 77 22

ENDS


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