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Tuesday, 26 July 2022 22:06

NZEA NZ Event Awards winners announced

NZEA - Conference and Awards Gala, Toitoi, Hastings, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand, 26 July 2022. Photo by John Cowpland / alphapix NZEA - Conference and Awards Gala, Toitoi, Hastings, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand, 26 July 2022. Photo by John Cowpland / alphapix

NZEA has announced the winners of its 2021 Awards which took place at Toitoi Arts & Events Centre, Hawke’s Bay on Tuesday night, more than 15 months and four postponements later. Nearly 350 event professionals from across the country were in attendance to celebrate the industry’s best.

 

A total of 17 awards were made in three categories.

 

Ségolène De Fontenay, general manager of NZEA says pulling its own event off has laid out the stark reality and enormous difficulties faced by the industry over the past two years. ”Organising any event depends on managing multiple moving parts, including suppliers, guests, entertainment, catering and more. With COVID presenting an unpredictable additional dimension, organisers have truly had their backs against the wall,”.
 
“However, we’ve seen incredible resilience and the classic Kiwi Number 8 wire ‘can do’ attitude emerge from events professionals, who have persevered and put up with unimaginable difficulties with dogged determination. That makes this edition of our awards particularly poignant – and, after being kept apart for so long, it’s fair to say everyone made the most of our NZEA NZ Event Awards Gala Evening.” she says

 

List of winners
 
Individual Awards 
 
Best Emerging Event Professional 2021 - Sponsored by ChristchurchNZ 
Cuillin Hearty
 
Best Established Event Professional 2021 
Valentina Paladini
 
Best Event Sponsorship Professional 2021 
Matt Davy
 
Excellence Awards 
 
Best Arts or Cultural Event 2021 
Kitchen Takeover – Taiao: Food of the Gods
 
Best Business Event 2021 - Sponsored by ChristchurchNZ 
Toyota Hospitality Experience – 36th America’s Cup , PPG Events
 
Best Community or Not-for-Profit Event 2021 - Sponsored by Kennedy Park 
CupaDupa, Creative Capital Arts Trust
 
Best COVID-19 Response for an Event 2021 - Sponsored by ChristchurchNZ 

THREE WINNERS 
Boma COVID-19 Virtual Summit, Boma New Zealand
Ports of Auckland Round the Bays, Stuff
uLearn20, CORE Education
 
Best Event Marketing 2021 
ASB for The ASB Sustainaball – ASB Classic 

Best Lifestyle Event 2021 - Sponsored by Big Barrell (In association with Peroni Italy)
Kitchen Takeover - Eat Your Memories
 
Best Local Government Event 2021 
TSB Festival of Lights, New Plymouth District Council
 
Best Major or Mega Event 2021 
The 36th America’s Cup, Auckland Unlimited
 
Best Music Event 2021 - Sponsored by Red Badge 
Rhythm and Vines
 
Best Sports Event 2021 - Sponsored by Kennedy Park 
ASB Classic, Tennis Auckland 
 

Support Awards 
 
Best Event Creative 2021 
PPG Events for the Toyota Hospitality Experience – 36th America’s Cup
 
Best Event Use of Technology 2021 
New Plymouth District Council for Oxfam Trailwalker
 
Best Supplier 2021 
Platform 4 Group for the 36th America’s Cup Village
 
Best Venue 2021 - Sponsored by Trinity Hill 
Claudelands Oval for SIX60 Saturdays
 
Achievement Awards

Outstanding Contribution to the Industry Award 2021- Sponsored by Kennedy Park
TWO WINNERS

Te Rangi Huata
Anne Hindson
 
New Zealand's Favourite Event 2021 - Sponsored by Fresh Info
(Public vote kindly hosted by Eventfinda)
TSB Festival of Lights, New Plymouth District Council