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Finalists Announced for the 2019 NZEA New Zealand Event Awards

17 February 2020

NZEA New Zealand Event Awards Finalists: Packed calendar delivers superior quality Event Awards Finalists

The announcement of the 2019 season finalists for the annual New Zealand Events Association (NZEA) New Zealand Event Awards highlights the superior quality of the events that keep the country and the world entertained.

Spanning 18 categories, the 2019/2020 NZEA New Zealand Event Awards recognises excellence of the individual and team efforts of the people, companies and sponsors who deliver the concerts, shows, exhibitions and attractions that bring visitors to New Zealand and entertain local Kiwis.

NZEA General Manager Ségolène de Fontenay says the NZEA New Zealand Event Awards are a celebration of success in a vibrant and valuable industry which makes substantial contributions not only to the economy, but to the happiness of everyday Kiwis.
“2019 was a great year for eventing which is clear in the range of finalists we’re announcing today. The list is a sample of the vast array of events thriving in New Zealand, with everything from the Eminem concert to the Auckland Lantern Festival, Femmepire, Wheels at Wanaka and TEDx making it to the last round.”

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, thehighly coveted Awards drew more than 105 of entrants.

Of the 18 categories, three are awarded for personal contributions – Best Emerging, Best Established Event Management and Best Event Sponsorship Professional. Among the other categories are awards which recognise the contribution of sponsors, without which many events could not take place. There is also a category for Not for Profit awards, among which is the annual Sky Tower Stair Challenge, in which firefighters in full gear scale the Auckland landmark; another prominent entrant in this category is the ‘You are Us/Aroha Nui concert held for the benefits of the families affected in the Christchurch massacre.

The involvement of local government in putting on events for citizens is recognised in the Best Local Government Event category, with the related Best Community Event shining a light on the regions. These contributions enhance the vibrancy of specific locales and motivate domestic visitors to make a trek to their neighbouring towns and cities. Among the finalists in Best Local Government Event are Hutt City’s Highlight: Carnival of Lights and Christchurch’s House of Travel Botanic D'Lights; Best Community Event finalists include the Akarua Arrowtown Autumn Festival and Wheels at Wanaka.

Sport is a big part of Kiwi life and culture, as is music and entertainment. These categories are always hotly contested, with finalists this year including One Love 2019 and Mardi Gras, IRONMAN New Zealand and the Cadbury Netball Series.

The NZEA NZ Event Awards winners will be announced at a gala evening hosted at The Pavilion, Old Government House Lawn, in Auckland. The event is scheduled for 11 May 2020. Tickets are now on sale through Eventfinda kindly supporting the ticketing for this event.

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

ALL THE CATEGORIES AND FINALISTS:

Best Arts or Cultural Event 2019 - Sponsored by Fresh Info

  • Auckland Lantern Festival
    Auckland Tourism Events and Economic Development
  • Matariki Festival 2019
    Auckland Council
  • Te Matatini ki te Ao 2019
    Te Matatini Society Incorporated
  • Terracotta Warriors Event Programme
    Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Best Community Event 2019 - Sponsored by Sidekicker

  • Akarua Arrowtown Autumn Festival
    Arrowtown Autumn Festival Society Incorporated
  • Band Together
    University of Canterbury
  • Femmepire
    Delight Events
  • Highlight: Carnival of Lights
    Hutt City Council
  • TEDxChristchurch 2019
    Missing Link Consultants
  • Wheels at Wanaka
  • Wheels at Wanaka Charitable Trust

Best Corporate Event 2019

  • Building Nations 2019
    Infrastructure New Zealand
  • New Zealand International Business Awards
    New Zealand Trade and Enterprise
  • Samsung Note 9 Launch Event
    Copper Brand Experiences & Wunderman Thompson
  • Southern SaaS 2019
    Callaghan Innovation

Best Event Sponsorship 2019

  • ASB Auckland Marathon
    ASB
  • Balloons over Waikato - The ZURU Nightglow
    Balloons over Waikato Trust
  • Grow 2019: Boma New Zealand's Agri Summit
    Boma New Zealand
  • Vertical Pursuit
    SkyCity Auckland

Best International Event 2019 - Sponsored by Eventfinda

  • 2019 HSBC New Zealand Sevens
    New Zealand Rugby & 37 South Events
  • Building Nations Symposium 2019
    Infrastructure New Zealand
  • PHAROS
    Live Nation
  • UCI Track Cycling World Cup
    Cycling New Zealand

Best Local Government Event 2019 - Sponsored by Eventfinda

  • Auckland Diwali Festival
    Auckland Tourism Events and Economic Development
  • Building Nations Symposium 2019
    Infrastructure New Zealand
  • Highlight: Carnival of Lights
    Hutt City Council
  • House of Travel Botanic D'Lights
    Christchurch City Council
  • Kumutoto ReCut 2019
    Wellington City Council
  • Tauranga’s Armistice Centenary Commemorations: Field of Remembrance, Homecoming Exhibition and Centenary Service
    Tauranga City Council

Best Music or Entertainment Event 2019 - Sponsored by ATEED

  • Eminem Rapture 2019
    Wellington Regional Stadium Trust
  • Highlight: Carnival of Lights
    Hutt City Council
  • Mardi Gras - Ohakune
    Audiology Touring
  • One Love 2019
    Pato Entertainment
  • PHAROS
    Live Nation
  • Second Unit – What Will You Do in the Shadows
    Tawhiri
  • SkyCity New Year's Eve
    SkyCity Auckland

Best Not-for-profit or Cause-related Event 2019

  • Firefighter Sky Tower Stair Challenge
    SkyCity Auckland
  • Harcourts Dancing for Hospice
    Rotorua Community Hospice
  • Oxfam Trailwalker
    Oxfam New Zealand
  • Tour of New Zealand
    Tour of New Zealand Management Co. Ltd
  • You Are Us - Aroha Nui
    Live Nation & Eccles Entertainment

Best Regional or National Event 2019 - Sponsored by Eventfinda

  • Air New Zealand Hawke's Bay International Marathon
    IRONMAN Group
  • Anchor AIMS Games
    AIMS Games Trust & Tauranga City Council
  • ASB Auckland Marathon
    IRONMAN Group
  • CINZ MEETINGS 2019
    Conventions & Incentives New Zealand
  • Hot Springs T20 Christchurch Black Clash
    Duco Events
  • The Hi-Tech Awards
    The Hi-Tech Trust

Best Sports Event 2019 - Sponsored by Fresh Info

  • 2019 HSBC New Zealand Sevens
    New Zealand Rugby & 37 South Events
  • Anchor AIMS Games
    AIMS Games Trust & Tauranga City Council
  • Cadbury Netball Series
    Netball New Zealand
  • Hot Springs T20 Christchurch Black Clash
    Duco Events
  • IRONMAN New Zealand
    IRONMAN Group

Best Emerging Event Professional 2019 - Sponsored by NZICC

  • Briar Jones
    MOTAT (Museum of Transport and Technology)
  • Charlotte Meiklejohn
    Dunedin Marathon
  • Lisa Hampe
    Auckland Zoo
  • Simone Pakieto
    Auckland Tourism Events and Economic Development

Best Established Event Professional 2019 - Sponsored by NZICC

  • Carla Steed
    Hutt City Council
  • Andy Gollings
    Red Badge Group
  • Sally Bunce
    Infrastructure New Zealand

Best Event Sponsorship Professional 2019 - Sponsored by ATEED

Winner to be announced at the NZEA New Zealand Event Awards Gala Evening

Best Design & Build 2019

  • National Fieldays 2019
    DE Group Limited
  • The Sephora Beauty Bus
    DARKHORSE

Best Event Marketing 2019

  • Hot Spring Spas T20 Christchurch Black Clash
    Duco Events
  • IRONMAN New Zealand
    IRONMAN Group
  • Paintvine Paint and Wine Events
    Paintvine
  • ZM's FLOAT
    NZME

Best Food Experience - Sponsored by ATEED

Winner to be announced at the NZEA New Zealand Event Awards Gala Evening

Best Supplier 2019 - Sponsored by NZICC

  • Lux Productions for the New Zealand Arts Foundation Ball 2019
  • Sidekicker for The All Blacks Game at Westpac Stadium
  • Red Badge Group for the You are Us/ Aroha Nui Concert, Christchurch

Best Venue 2019 - Sponsored by Sidekicker

  • Westpac Stadium for Te Matatini ki te Ao 2019 and Eminem Rapture 2019
    Wellington Regional Stadium Trust
  • Hospice Waikato and Montana Food & Events Bucket List Banquet
    H3
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