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EVANZ Awards recognise excellence in New Zealand entertainment and venues

EVANZ Awards recognise excellence in New Zealand entertainment and venues
November 21, 2017

Auckland venues Eden Park and the Q Theatre have been double winners at the 2017 Entertainment Venues Association of New Zealand (EVANZ) Awards presented at St James Theatre in Wellington last night.

Eden Park won the Ticketmaster Large Venue of the Year and the Supreme Venue of the Year awards while Q Theatre was named Eventfinda Small Venue of the Year with Chief Executive James Wilson receiving the Priava Supreme Venue Person of the Year Award.

Eden Park’s wins come at the close of a remarkable year at the venue during which it has hosted the World Masters Games Opening Ceremony, three DHL New Zealand Lions Series 2017 matches, the Pasifika Challenge (first rugby double header), NRL9s, Super Rugby, the inaugural ASB G9 golf event, domestic and international cricket fixtures and the Mates on the Field Commemoration Service.

Welcoming the double awards, Eden Park Chief Executive Nick Sautner explained that the awards acknowledge the entire Eden Park team’s efforts to deliver world-class live events for the benefit of the Auckland region and the broader community.

Sautner explained “we’d love to bring our neighbours, the wider community, people from around the country and the world even more outstanding live events, we just need to work through current restrictions that allow only 25 event nights a year.

“I’d like to thank the entire Eden Park team, stakeholders, volunteers, suppliers and commercial partners for embracing change and helping to embed a high-performance culture here, which is a huge part of our success.”

EVANZ 2017 Award winners:

Priava Supreme Venue Person of the Year Award
James Wilson, Q Theatre, Auckland

Ticket Direct Supreme Venue of the Year Award
Eden Park, Auckland

EVANZ Contribution to Industry Award
Mark Lyne, Health Promotion Agency

HPA Excellence in Host Responsibility Award
St James Theatre, Wellington

EVANZ Associate Member Award
Red Badge

Ticketmaster Large Venue of the Year (over 5000 seats)
Eden Park, Auckland

NW Group Medium Venue of the Year (1001 - 4999 seats)
ILT Stadium, Southland

Eventfinda Small Venue of the Year (under 1000 seats)
Q Theatre Auckland

Ticketek Venue Executive of the Year 
James Wilson, Q Theatre

Simpson Grierson Operations Manager of the Year 
Claire Toko, H3 Group Hamilton

Priava Rising Star of the Year Award 
Savina Kim, Auckland Stadiums

Outstanding Service Awards
Craig Goodall, Auckland Art Gallery
Andy Goodridge, Education and Training Sub Committee

Eden Park has already picked up the Business Award at this year’s Australasian Leisure Management Communication and Marketing Awards.

Click here for more information on the Awards.

Images: Eden Park hosts the New Zealand Lions Series 2017 (top) and its winning team receive their EVANZ Award, from left: Health and Safety Manager, Andy Goodridge; Traffic Management Coordinator, Susan Helps; Nick Sautner; Operations Manager, Keith Parker and Turf Manager, Blair Christiansen.

3rd November 2017 - EDEN PARK IN THE RUNNING FOR FOUR EVANZ AWARDS 

2nd November 2017 - FINALISTS ANNOUNCED FOR NEW ZEALAND VENUE MANAGEMENT AWARDS 

3rd October 2017 - REGISTRATIONS OPEN FOR 2017 EVANZ CONFERENCE 

29th September 2017 - EDEN PARK TRUST APPOINTS NEW CHIEF EXECUTIVE

31st August 2017 - EDEN PARK TO HOST NEW ZEALAND’S FIRST DAY/NIGHT CRICKET TEST IN 2018 

20th August 2017 - AUCKLAND’S Q THEATRE UNVEILS VENUE-WIDE BI-LINGUAL SIGNAGE

25th August 2017 - EDEN PARK SECURES BUSINESS AWARD IN AUSTRALASIAN LEISURE MANAGEMENT COMMUNICATION PROGRAM 

7th December 2016 - CHRISTCHURCH’S DARREN BURDEN AND ISAAC THEATRE ROYAL RECOGNISED WITH SUPREME VENUE INDUSTRY AWARDS


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