Conference and Meetings

EVANZ AGM Monday 26 November 2018

The EVANZ AGM for 2018 is being held in conjunction with the EVANZ Conference at Eden Park, Auckland, on Monday 26 November 2018.

All members are welcome to attend. 

Date: Monday 26 November 2018
Time: 4.15 - 4.45pm
Venue: South Level 4 Lounge, Eden Park, Auckland
(access through Reimers Ave, Gate G).




Two positions on the Executive Committee become vacant at this year's AGM.  Two nominations have been received for 2018 to 2020, therefore no vote will take place. The nominees are:

Keith Parker, Eden Park

Joelene Elliott, Rotorua Venues


EVANZ Awards Sponsors 2018

EVANZ would like to thank all the sponsors of the 2018 EVANZ Awards. With their generous support, our Awards would not be possible.

Vidcom join us as sponsor of the Supreme Venue Awards this year. Luc Jorieux, General Manager of Vidcom NZ, says "Venues are pivotal in the event industry as they cater for all sizes of events and budget. EVANZ is a key forum for venue operators to share, engage and exchange on the issues, challenges and opportunities. Vidcom are thrilled to be associated with the EVANZ Awards and supporting the venue industry. Our company has been associated with a number of high profile venues for a number of years and we are delighted to be able to support EVANZ." 

Vidcom is also very excited to showcase the technical possibilities of Eden Park on the Awards evening. "This venue is iconic and special to most New Zealanders", says Jorieux. "This amazing venue has a state of the art technology offering with large crisp and bright visual displays, versatile and engaging lighting and crispy clear great sound systems. The Vidcom team is looking forward to showing all EVANZ attendees the possibilities this great venue can offer and emulate."

Other new Awards sponsors this year include Medium Venue of the Year sponsor Sidekicker, an on-demand staffing platform that allows businesses to hire staff at the click of a button, and event and venue management software provider Ungerboeck Software International, who will be the sponsor of the Rising Star award. “We are delighted to welcome Ungerboeck as a sponsor of this important award”, says EVANZ President Keith Parker. “Our industry relies on exceptional people and it’s so important to recognise and foster the talent in the industry. We are heartened to see an industry partner like Ungerboeck showing its support of our future industry leaders.”

2018 EVANZ Awards sponsors

EVANZ / PANNZ Workshop - A Data-Driven Audience Development Strategy

Creating a data-driven audience development strategy for your organisation

EVANZ and the Performing Arts Network of New Zealand (PANNZ) are proudly collaborating to offer a free audience development workshop. It is difficult to get any traction as venues if we don’t understand our audiences or know how to gather data successfully. Stephanie Richardson from PANNZ will lead a workshop on how to achieve success using customer data, and how to apply those learnings to develop a strategy. The workshop will include a discussion around how data is currently being used and Stephanie will present case studies, including learnings from New Zealand touring, and from the Australia Council for the Arts Marketing, Communications and Ticketing Summit recently held in Sydney. We will then apply that thinking as we walk through an audience development strategy template.

Workshop details:
Date: Monday 26 November 2018
Time: 10am-12pm

Venue: Eden Park, Auckland

Cost: FREE to EVANZ and PANNZ members

Please register your interest by emailing with the number of attendees and the name of your organisation.

We hope to see you there!


EVANZ Education and Training Regional Seminar - Auckland

The Education and Training Subcommittee invites EVANZ members to the next Regional Seminar in Auckland.


Date: Tuesday 24 July 2018

Time: 9.00am – 4.30pm

Venue: The Trusts Arena, Henderson, Auckland

Cost: FREE to EVANZ members

Morning tea, afternoon tea and light lunch provided

The seminar will include:

  • Practical customer safety/security - Neville Carseldine, Safety & Security Manager, Auckland Stadiums
  • Management of alcohol at events - Lisa Woodward, Senior Sargent from the Alcohol Harm area of the NZ Police
  • Education opportunities available for you and your team - Adam Lynch, Chairman Education Committee, EVANZ and Keith Parker, President of EVANZ
  • Update from Skills Active on the new industry qualification - Linda Dorrington, Skills Active
  • Venue updates, round table discussions and plenty of networking!

To register or for further information, please email


EVANZ Annual Conference

The 2018 Annual EVANZ Conference will be held in Auckland at Eden Park. Registrations must be received by Friday 9 November 2018.


An alternative registration form (pdf) can be found here.

Dates: Monday 26 to Wednesday 28 November 2018

The Awards Dinner will be held on Tuesday 27 November at Eden Park.

The programme will start around lunchtime on Monday 26 November and conclude on Wednesday 28 November around 1pm, followed by a venue tour finishing at approximately 3.30pm.




Conference full package including Awards Dinner: 

EVANZ Members*: $550 + GST

Non Members: $795 + GST

Awards Dinner only (Tues 27 Nov): 

EVANZ Members*: $150 + GST

Non Members: $195 + GST

Day rate (Mon**, Tues or Weds daytime only

excluding Awards Dinner): 

EVANZ Members*: $150 + GST per day

Non Members: $195 + GST per day

*Member Venues and Associate Members
**Monday day rate includes welcome function 5-7pm Monday


Accor Hotels are offering preferred rates to EVANZ Conference delegates at the Grand Mercure Hotel, Sebel Viaduct Harbour and Pullman Auckland. View the rates and make a booking here

If you want to be near the venue rather than in the CBD you could try AirBnB or another home rental website. Kingsland or Sandringham are both suburbs close to Eden Park. There are also a couple of motels near Eden Park:

Bavaria B&B Hotel:
There is free parking at Eden Park. 
For the PANNZ workshop - enter via Reimers Ave, park in P5 and enter the venue through door G
For the EVANZ Conference - enter via Reimers Ave, park in P5 and enter the venue through door F
For the Awards Dinner - enter via Walters Road, gate P2 and enter the venue through door B






















EVANZ Conference 2018 Expressions of Interest

It is Auckland's turn to host the conference this year.  The Executive is inviting Auckland venue members to express their interest to hold the conference or part of it.    The conference provides an excellent opportunity for our venue members to showcase their venues and we have many members in Auckland capable of hosting it.

Date options:
Monday 19 – Wednesday 21 November
Monday 26 – Wednesday 28 November
Monday 3 – Wednesday 5 December

Auckland Members are invited to provide details about date availability, nearby accommodation, costs for technical and catering services (no venue rental), preference for plenary sessions, awards dinner and cocktail function/conference dinner.  The Executive will consider expressions of interest at its next meeting on 4 April.

Arts Market Wellington 2018

The Arts Market is in Wellington on Tuesday 6 to Thursday 8  March.  The venue is Wellington Brewery.

EVANZ is a sponsor and we will have a trade stand at the Market.  The EVANZ sponsored panel session 'Does Local Government Give a Shit' will be at 11.35am to 1pm on Thursday 8 March.  The aim of the session is discussing the issue of getting Local Government to to care about performing arts in NZ.
Panel members: Alison Dalziel Director of LOCALISE (Australia), David Perks WREDA, David Pannett CNZ, Drew James Tour Makers.  Wellington Mayor Justin Lester and Alison Banks Hastings District Council are possible panel members.

EVANZ members are welcome to attend this session free of charge even though you may not be registered for the Market.  If you would like to attend please email to register for this session.

2018 Asia-Pacific Venue Industry Congress


Registrations are now open for the 2018 Venue Industry Congress to be held in Auckland. New Zealand.

We're excited to be gathering an incredible range of national and international speakers for this year's Congress, with more to be announced shortly. Check out our Congress Speakers so far, including our Congress MC, Jeremy Corbett, a radio and tv presenter and comedian from New Zealand. The full 2018 Congress program will also be announced very soon.

Our venue for the 2018 Congress is the Cordis, Auckland. Head here for details on accommodation, transport and parking. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact the VMA.

The Congress Exhibition will provide an invaluable opportunity to exhibit your products and services to a captive audience of venue industry leaders. If you'd like to check out the opportunities for either being an Exhibitor or Sponsor, please download the Prospectus.

For those who may need to apply in advance to attend Congress, we are offering Letters of Support from the VMA. You can request one here.

Book the Early Bird Rate for Congress










EVANZ AGM Monday 20 November 2017

The EVANZ AGM will be held at Shed 6 Wellington on Monday 20 November 2017.

All members are welcome.  The meeting starts at 4.15pm and should conmclude at 4.45pm.





Four positions on the Executive Committee become vacant at this year's AGM.  Five nominations have been received for 2017 to 2019.

Adam Lynch Venues Welllington

Gary Taylor H3 Group Hamilton

Helaina Keeley Auckland Live

Mark Gosling Trusts Arena Auckland

Megan Peacock Coyle Baycourt Tauranga