Events awards return to AKL

Events awards return to AKL

Applications for the new Zealand Events Awards are open as the industry looks to recognise success and innovation.

New Zealand Events Association (NZEA) chair Andrea Scotland says the Awards have seen year-on-year growth creating an intensely competitive forum nationally that recognises and promotes excellence within the events sector.

‘The purpose of the New Zealand Event Awards is to celebrate the boundaries pushed, the new benchmarks set and innovations we can share. We have world-class events and organisers in New Zealand, this is proven in the incredibly high calibre of applications we receive yearly and the feedback from our independent panel of judges,’ she explains.

Scotland says last year’s entry application numbers doubled nationwide when compared to the 2015 submissions. ‘This significant growth pattern illustrates that these awards are truly an opportunity for events of all types and sizes, their organisers and organisations, from all aspects of the industry, to be held up as the best of the best.’ 

Held in Auckland on 11 October at SKYCITY, the 2017 Awards introduces five new categories, four of which focus on sponsorship professionals and sponsors inviting them to showcase their work and success. The fifth category has been established to showcase the providers and creators of business to business events of varying scale – conferences, incentive group travel programmes, trade shows or other B2B styled activity.

Last year’s Award winners included Pop-Globe Auckland, Air New Zealand Queenstown Marathon, The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, Christmas in the Park Turangi.

2017 Award Categories:

  • Event Professional of the Year
  • Emerging Event Professional of the Year
  • Best Community Event of the Year
  • Best Regional Event of the Year
  • Best National Event of the Year
  • Best International Event of the Year
  • Best Industry Supplier for an Event
  • New Zealand’s Favourite Event

New for 2017:

  • Best Business Event of the Year
  • Event Sponsorship Professional of the Year
  • Best CSR or Community Event Sponsorship of the Year
  • Best Arts or Cultural Event Sponsorship of the Year
  • Best Sports Event Sponsorship of the Year

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