For example, Harding Conferences recently assisted industry colleagues at Outshine recently who were stuck in Level 3 lockdown and unable to travel to be on-site to manage the Christchurch-based ‘watch party’ attended by 85 people as part of the Hybrid 2021 Aotearoa NZ Anaesthesia ASM at the end of October.
“Having already pivoted from an in-person conference to a mostly virtual event, the Outshine team was thrown another curveball when it became apparent a week prior to the ASM that they would not be able to travel to Otautahi for delivery of the three-day watch party, recording of workshops and management of the broadcast studio,”says Harding Conference director Glenda Harding.
“Thanks to some quick thinking, Jo (Kelk) and Jill (Schirnack) reached out and our team team were available and excited to assist the following week. We spent four days on-site at The Christchurch Town Hall overseeing the event delivery.
“It was a privilege to collaborate with a like-minded team and ensure the attendee experience was not impacted by the inability of the organising team to be onsite. We also loved the opportunity to 'go on-site' for a change - Venues Ōtautahi, Shipley’s AudioVisual and Victoria Florists Christchurch were all awesome to work with.”
Simarly, Convention Management New Zealand Ltd has been assisting several Australian event organisers, including Aventedge and WF Media, with their events in New Zealand during 2020 and 2021.
“Examples include Women in Leadership Summit, Comms Connect New Zealand Conference 2021, HR Law Masterclass and the Digital Transformation & Data in Government Summit,” says director Dean Bradley. “In developing these relationships, Convention Management New Zealand Ltd has built a level of trust with the Australian organisers and formed mutually beneficial relationships.”
More recently, Convention Management New Zealand Ltd has been providing on-site event management services for Icon Conference and Event Management Ltd for its events while the team are in lockdown in Auckland and unable to travel.