NZ Event Awards open – with 8 new categories

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AUCKLAND, Today: The 2019 New Zealand Event Awards open for entry this morning – with eight new categories. NZEA general manager Ségolène de Fontenay said: “We have a world-class events industry in New Zealand, this is proven in the high calibre of applications we receive and the feedback from our independent panel of judges.

“We’ve seen year-on-year growth, with a record number of entries last year, creating an intensely competitive forum nationally that recognises and promotes excellence within the events sector. The numbers increased by more than a third and the already high quality of entries were stepped up to the next level,” she says. 

New for 2019 is the Best Volunteer or Intern category. And five new categories have been created to award the wider spectrum of events including music, and retail and trade events.

“The music festival scene is booming in NZ, so we now recognise excellence and innovation in this scene.”

“The music festival scene is booming in New Zealand, but events must be constantly evolving to remain relevant. The Best Music & Entertainment Event category was added to recognise excellence and innovation in this scene”, says de Fontenay.

Also new are three supplier categories: Best Design & Build, Best Food Experience and Best Event Marketing. The established categories of Best Venue and Best Supplier complete the set of Support Awards.

The NZEA will also name a Supreme Winner Award, selected from the finalists of the Recognition, Excellence, Support and Achievement categories.

The NZEA have removed the Best Sustainable Event category, instead including sustainability criteria in all categories.

The 2019-20 NZEA Awards campaign is supported by ATEED, NZICC, Fresh Info, Eventfinda, and Sidekicker.

About NZEA
The New Zealand Events Association was formed a decade ago with 1000 members, and now has over 2000 subscribers.

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