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Eventing the Future expands with Sport NZ Forum and 2015 NZAEP Event Awards

Eventing the Future expands with Sport NZ Forum and 2015 NZAEP Event Awards
July 15, 2015

New Zealand’s National Conference for Events Professionals, Eventing the Future 2015 has expanded its program with the addition of the one sporteventShare Forum, backed by event partner Sport NZ.

To be held on the day before the main conference, on Tuesday 21st July 2015, sporteventShare will focus on not only sharing ideas, IP and initiatives between sport event industry professionals but also promoting a more connected environment within the industry.

The sporteventShare Forum aims to provides the opportunity for forthright communication, about the trials, tribulations, needs and learnings experienced first-hand by New Zealand  event organisers in a formal yet relaxed group setting with a view to making positive change. Delegates will receive practical resources and knowledge for future use.

Being held in Wellington on Wednesday 22nd and Thursday 23rd July, Eventing the Future 2015 will also feature the New Zealand Association of Event Professionals (NZAEP) Event Awards.

26 events that bring people and communities together as well as drive domestic and international tourism are being recognised in this year’s Awards – which aim to celebrate the country’s leading events and event professionals.

Judge spokesperson and Tourism New Zealand Chief Executive, Kevin Bowler, says the judges were impressed by the quality of this year’s applications.

Bowler explained “the calibre and variety of events that New Zealand event professionals produce every year is phenomenal.

“These events are being developed primarily to bring communities together and to drive tourism.

“The work of the event professionals being recognised is among the most socially and economically important to New Zealand.”

Bowler is judging the awards alongside Creative New Zealand’s Stephen Wainwright, award-winning journalist Amanda Millar, Brown Bread Director Jo Blair and event consultant Chris Simpson.

Entries from across the country were received for nine different categories and the finalists are:

Best Emerging Event Professional Award
Emily Byrne
Lucy Ryan
Best Event Professional
Jamie Wilson
Trina Tamati
Best Emerging Event
The Ohope Express
The Press Summer Starter Fun Run and Walk
Wellington New Years Eve
Best Established Community Event
Balloons over Waikato
Meridian Gardens Magic
Ports of Auckland Round the Bays
Wanaka A&P Show
Best Established Regional Event
Armageddon Expo
Auckland Lantern Festival
Cemetery Circuit
Tremains Art Deco Weekend
Best New Zealand Owned Major Event
Dick Smith NRL Nines
Contact Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge
Tarawera Ultramarathon
Tremains Art Deco Weekend
Best New Zealand Hosted Major Event
Volvo Ocean Race Auckland Stopover
Best Partnership for an Event
American Express Queenstown Winter Festival
Dick Smith NRL Auckland Nines
The Partners Life DUAL Motutapu Rangitoto Traverse
TSB Bank Festival of Lights
Best One Off event
ASB/Auckland Council 175th Auckland Anniversary Event
Christchurch Stands Tall

The winners will be announced at the NZAEP Event Awards at Wellington’s Shed 6 on the evening of 22nd July. Tickets for the Awards are still available.

For more information contact

Click here for more information or to register for the sporteventShare Forum.

For more information on Eventing the Future click here to view the event details in the Australasian Leisure Management industry Calendar.

Main image shows the Tarawera Ultramarathon.



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