2017 New Zealand Major Events Scholarship

Recipient Announced!

New Zealand Major Events and NZEA are delighted to announce that Mary Laine, Director of the Wellington LUX Festival, is the 2017 recipient of the New Zealand Major Events Scholarship. The scholarship provides free registration to the ETF17 conference.

Over the last eight years, Mary has emerged as a highly sought after events professional within New Zealand’s arts community. She is currently director of LUX, NZ’s largest light festival, and is the founder and director of Hair of the Dog Productions, a Wellington based performance production house. Mary also has experience working for NZ International Comedy Festival and NZ Fringe Festival, as well as producing for award winning design company Storybox, and working as events director for Massey University.

She says, “My firm belief is that collaboration and sharing of resources is paramount to ensuring the success of events across the country. Attending the Eventing the Future Conference would enable me to connect with industry peers and leaders, absorb new ideas and enable new initiatives to form between events and event organisers. Receiving this award is a valuable professional development opportunity and my thanks go to NZEA and NZ Major Events for the recognition and support they have provided.”

Devorah Blumberg, Manager New Zealand Major Events, says “Mary is a high-performing event professional with significant experience and expertise that she is keen to develop and share with the rest of the events community. Mary has built a landmark home-grown arts event from the ground up and continuously seeks to innovate, evolve and improve.

One of our aims with the scholarship is to support the continued professional development of major event ‘stars’ and support the transfer of knowledge within the events industry so that New Zealand continues to be a world-class events destination”.

NZEA now has over 1100 members, and membership has doubled over the last three years. As a result, applications were always expected to be strong, meaning further credit to Mary for rising to the top.

“The New Zealand Major Events Scholarship is just what is needed to further motivate and encourage professional development of our members. It provides some new opportunities and deserved recognition for the recipient,” says Sue Duncan, NZEA Board member.



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