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MEDIA RELEASE: NZ Events Association (NZEA) appoints new Chair and Deputy-Chair

29 June 2021

This month, the NZ Events Association (NZEA) will farewell its outgoing Board Chair Graham Rouse as he comes to the end of his constitutional term.

Graham, having served on the Board for six years, including three years as Chair leaves the NZEA in great shape. He has not only supported the industry in weathering the significant storm that is COVID-19, but ensured the NZEA has excellent industry credibility, and has set us up to further hone our strategic outcomes as we move into the recovery phase of COVID-19.

As we move forward, the NZEA is delighted to announce the appointment of Loren Heaphy as the Chair, and Kevin Murphy as Deputy Chair. With Loren having served two years on the NZEA Board, and Kevin three, both are well placed to build on the Association’s success. Loren will bring to the table her considerable experience in the events sector, including her current role as General Manager of Destination & Attractions for Christchurch NZ, and governance role on the Tourism Export Council New Zealand whilst Kevin, as the Events Manager for Napier City Council, brings a wealth of knowledge and connections throughout the New Zealand events sector and a particular passion for regional events and the economic impact they generate.

Both Loren and Kevin are excited by the future industry opportunities the current climate presents the Association with wider acknowledgment of the economic, social and cultural benefits of events to our New Zealand communities. Heaphy adding that “we know there is still much to do to support our industry in regrouping, and myself, Kevin, and the rest of the NZEA Board and Management look forward to working with everyone to achieve future resilience and sustainability in the sector”.


Notes to the editor

The NZ Events Association (NZEA), formerly known as New Zealand Association of Event Professionals, was formed fifteen years ago and has over 1,000 members. The Association represents the ever-increasing breadth of the New Zealand events industry across leisure and business events. 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.

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