Nomination and Eligibility

Nominations must be made online using the appropriate submission form.

  1.  The individual nominating may be a member or non-member of the association. It is preferable to inform the nominee prior to the submission, however it is not mandatory.
  2. All categories are open to both venue and associate members.
  3. In all cases the nominee must be a paid-up member of EVANZ as of 1 October 2021.
  4. Employers, employees and colleagues may nominate each other as well as themselves.
  5. Non-current members and their employees are ineligible for nomination.
  6. Non finalist nominations will remain confidential.
  7. To complete a nomination you'll need to have a high res logo and a photograph ready. 

Judging Criteria

There are specific criteria with every nomination. Judges will be looking for specific examples of the criteria outlined in the Marking Rubric and evidence of their presence and impact on either the venue/business or its outcomes. We’ve made the criteria by which each entry will be judged as clear as possible. Every entry is judged solely on its own merit in matching up to these – and not in comparison to any other entries. You may provide supporting evidence with your nomination.

You can see the Marking Rubric here. Carefully read each criteria and make sure you have your answers and examples ready before you start your entry.


Scoring will be done using a points-based system. Each assessment criteria in each award category will be eligible for points. The total of points from each assessment criteria will form the total points awarded. Points values for each assessment and what the entry will have to clearly show to be awarded maximum points is included in the Judging Criteria matrix.

In the event of a draw, the EVANZ Chairman will score the drawn submissions to break a deadlock.

The three nominees with the highest points total in each category will be declared Finalists, announced on 29th November with the overall winners announced at the Awards Evening on 24th November 2021 at SKY Stadium in Wellington.

The Judging Panel

Each Award will have its own team of three judges. These judges are assembled from the Association Board, Sponsors and industry contributors who are able to give a knowledgeable assessment of their given categories.

In the event the General Manager or a judge identifies a conflict with a nomination, the judge will be excused from judging that nomination and it will be given to an alternative Board member or industry judge.

The judges will score nominations independent of each other and without conversation or knowledge of the others’ scores. Only the General Manager will know who has won each category and this will be revealed at the Awards Evening on 24th November.

Finalist Announcements

Finalists will be announced on the EVANZ Facebook page and website on 29th November.

NOMINATIONS – Must be received by 4pm on 15th October 2021

Submissions will only be accepted via the online entry form with supporting evidence emailed to, clearly indicating the nominees name and award category.

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