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This Year Join Us Online For 8 Exclusive Sessions Over 4 Weeks in November - Culminating in the EVANZ Awards Event Online 

We're disappointed that we can't get together as planned at SKY Stadium in Wellington this year, but the uncertainty over Alert Levels, particularly in Auckland makes it difficult to deliver a live event.


We've put together an exclusive series of 90 minute sessions which will be FREE to EVANZ Members and available to non-members for just $10 per session - plus if you register for 5 or more sessions, we'll discount EVANZ membership by $50 if you decide to join for the rest of the 21/22 year! 

Register HERE.

Session 1: Friday 5th November 2pm - 'State of the Nation' 

To kick us off we'll hear from a variety of experts within our industry. What's the landscape been like for them in their world and what do they predict the future holds for the venues industry? Joining MC Joelene Elliott will be Brent Eccles (Eccles Entertainment), Mark Gosling (EVANZ Chair and CEO of the Trusts Arena), James McKenzie (GM Oceania), Lisa Hopkins (Chief Executive BEIA), Bob Mangan (CEO Isaac Theatre Royal) and Jonathan Bielski (Artistic Director and CEO Auckland Theatre Company).

Missed it? You can watch a recording of the session here.

Session 2: Monday 8th November 2pm - Knowledge Cafe Online - 6 discussion groups focussing on key areas of interest. Moderated  by Helaina Keeley.

Session 3: Wednesday 10th November 2pm- The team from Toitoi- Hawke's Bay Arts and Event Centre share their case study of how a venue can play a central role in building and uplifting a community. How to work with a community- not just programming work that you think will work for a community- but actually taking them on the journey as well. 

Based its Strategic Plan on American Arts strategist Steven A Wolff’s research into fourth generation venues, which take active roles in arts, culture, and the communities they serve. A fourth generation venue is “a learning environment through which new experiences are generated and new knowledge is created that enhances cultural awareness, expression and understanding”.

Two years into delivering our strategic plan we will talk about our processes to achieve the above outcome, our successes and our struggles.  How we approached the above as a team and how we will progress into the future.

Missed it ? Watch a recording of the session HERE.

Session 4: Friday 12th November 2pm - Susan Sawbridge is the Major Events Manager at MBIE,  she'll share with us the challenge of bidding for and planning major events in the current climate and what we can look forward to in 2022 and beyond.

MIssed it? Watch a recording of the session HERE.

Session 5: Monday 15th November 2pm - WETA Unleashed, The Journey. Sam Holdich (Operations Manager) and Sylvia Emery (Experiences Supervisor) at WETA Unleashed will take us on a virtual tour of one of Auckland's newest tourist attractions and event venues.

Midded it? Watch a recording of the session HERE.

Session 6: Wednesday 17th November 2pm - Accessibility Panel discussion. Stace Robertson from Arts Access Aotearoa is leads a panel discussion furthering the conversation we started back in August. Accessibility and venues from an artists point of view – how accessible is the back of house of your venue? Panelists include Rodney Bell (Founding Dancer, Touch Compass) and Natalie Braid (Programme Coordinator Access and Inclusion, Auckland Arts Festival).

MIssed it? Watch a recording ofthe session HERE.

Session 7: Friday 19th November 2pm - Sponsored by P4G - Event Safety and Security. Join expert Paul Walsh from QRisk for a look at this topic through a lens of the Manchester bombing and other global active criminal attacks. Through case studies and pulling on subject matter knowledge, Paul will challenge his audience to acknowledge that these risks are very real in today's event environment and could happen at any event, any location, large or small, if the right cocktail of ingredients exist. Paul's presentation will be followed by a panel with special guests: 

  • Keith Parker – Eden Park
  • Mathew Hellyer – Sky Stadium
  • Glenn Simpson – Auckland Unlimited
  • Chris Mintern – Venues Otautahi

MIssed it? Watch a recording of the session HERE.

Session 8: Monday 22nd November 2pm - Health Promotion Agency Hosted Panel on Drug Management. Mark Lyne has put together a panel of experts to discuss the management of drugs at events this Summer. Joining Mark will be Dan Turner (Promoter Rhythm and Vines), Brendan Hines (GM Spark Arena), Andy Gollings (CEO Red Badge) and Ben Birks (NZ Drug Foundation).

Missed it? Watch a recording of the session HERE.

Wednesday 24th November  2pm - Warrick Dent, General Manager Events and Experiences at Wellington NZ will give a fascinating update on the ongoing refurbishment and earthquake strengthening projects at St James's Theatre and Wellington Town Hall. FOLLOWED BY THE EVANZ AGM AT 3PM.

Thursday 25th November 5pm -  EVANZ Awards 

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