National Conference


Eventing the Future 2020

17 & 18 September, Napier


The one event where the industry gets together for professional development is at the annual Eventing the Future Conference at Napier War Memorial Conference Centre on 17 and 18 September 2020.

The Napier City Council owned facility, situated on Marine Parade, will welcome and host attendees at the two-day conference. With stunning ocean views, delegates will be able to enjoy the sweep of the bay from Cape Kidnappers to Mahia Peninsula. Napier’s Art Deco architecture and ambience is right on the doorstep and a range of quality accommodation is available within walking distance, with Hawke’s Bay Airport just a short drive away.



With wider support from the Hawke’s Bay region, the Conference Dinner on Day one will be held at one of the newest venues in Hastings at Toitoi, Hawke's Bay Opera House’s new venue due to reopen early next year. The new name "Toitoi – Hawke's Bay Arts and Events Centre" encompasses the Opera House, the Municipal Building, the Cushing Foyer and the former Plaza space as a new generation of venue for the city and New Zealand.

The Conference provides the vehicle to refresh and recharge, get out of your everyday routine and focus on getting the skills and tools for the changes ahead. You will learn and be challenged by an exciting line up of global and NZ speakers plus sharing of real-life case studies and learnings from colleagues within the industry delivering events.

We also encourage delegates to explore events and shows in the region following the conference, including the Hawke’s Bay Winegrowers’ wine sessions from the Friday night and across the weekend as well as its flagship annual wine auction.

The theme for the ETF20 is ‘evolution’ with more information on the speakers’ line-up and special accommodation package to be posted on this webpage in the new year so stay tuned!