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EVANZ Awards 2018

Awards Nominations have now closed. Thank you to all those venues and individuals who submitted nominations. These have been forwarded to our Judges.

Here are the finalists for this year

Eleven Awards are up for grabs in the 2018 EVANZ Awards Programme launched this week.  All members were invited to submit nominations for the awards. This year's awards relate to activities from 1 October 2017 - 30 September 2018. 

2018 Awards:

Venue Categories

  • Eventfinda Large Venue of the Year Award (over 5,000 seats)
  • Sidekicker Medium Venue of the Year Award (1,001 - 4,999 seats)
  • Ticketmaster Small Venue of the Year Award (0 - 1,000 seats)

People Categories

  • Ticketek Venue Executive of the Year Award
  • Simpson Grierson Operations Manager of the Year Award
  • Ungerboeck Rising Star of the Year Award

Excellence Categories

  • HPA Excellence in Host Responsibility Award
  • EVANZ Best Industry Supplier Award (Open to Associate Members)
  • EVANZ Contribution to Industry Award (Selected and decided by EVANZ Executive)

Supreme Categories

  • EVANZ Supreme Person of the year Award (Highest scoring person from the people categories)
  • Vidcom Supreme Venue of the Year Award (Highest scoring venue from the venue categories)


AWARDS NOMINATION FORM (All category awards except Best Industry Supplier Award - see separate information)


All nominations and submissions closed on 1 October 2018.  Finalists will be announced on 7 November 2018.  All awards will be presented at the Annual Awards Dinner on Tuesday 27 November at Eden Park in Auckland.

EVANZ Seeks New GM

It is with much regret that we advise our members that our General Manager Lynn Robinson has chosen not to renew her contract. She will be finishing her role on 31 August 2019 to take up a full time role with Tourism Industry Aotearoa. Many of you will know that Lynn has been wearing two hats for the past year - juggling the part-time management of EVANZ with the role of Sustainability Advocate with TIA. Lynn is very passionate about sustainability and is looking forward to focusing on just one role. She will still be working closely with our industry, providing support and advice on sustainability.
The EVANZ board would like to thank Lynn for the significant contribution that she has made in the year that she has been with us. She has certainly put us in a great position to move the association forward. Lynn is working on finalising a number of projects before her departure, including the EVANZ strategic plan 2020-2022, which will provide clear direction for EVANZ for the next three years.
We wish Lynn all the very best and look forward to working with her in the new role.
We are now advertising for a new General Manager. The Position Description can be found here. To apply or for more information, please visit the job ad on SEEK

Eden Park Scholarship 2019 Now Open for Applications


EVENT DATE: 15 - 17 AUGUST 2019

Applications Are Now Closed for 2019

Eden Park rugby game

Eden Park is offering up to 4 recipients the opportunity to attend the All Blacks/Australia rugby game on 17 August 2019, and the 2 days prior to the game (15-16 August), as an observer. This is an excellent opportunity for managers and staff from other EVANZ member venues to learn and observe processes and systems put in place by Eden Park to manage events under its control. 

What's Involved:

  • Recipients must be available to attend the event at Eden Park, Auckland, from 15 -17 August 2019.
  • EVANZ will contribute up to $250 per recipient to assist with accommodation or travel costs.
  • Recipients must be available to deliver a presentation about their experience at the EVANZ end of year Conference. 

To Apply: 

Please complete and submit the online application form. Please note:

  • You will need to include a summary of your career history and future goals (max 150 words);
  • You will need to upload a letter of recommendation from your employer or venue manager.

Terms and Conditions:

  • Up to 4 people per year will be awarded the scholarship.  Any EVANZ member venue can apply. 
  • The scholarship must be taken on the 3 days 15 - 17 August 2019 – note in 2019 the Scholarship coincides with the All Blacks versus Australia rugby game. The Scholarship must be taken on these dates. If you are unable to attend on these dates do not apply.
  • Eden Park will provide training in the areas indicated on the application form.
  • A recipient of the scholarship cannot apply again at any time in the future.
  • A member venue can apply on behalf of one staff member only per year.  
  • The scholarship is not transferable to another person from the same venue or any other venue.
  • The successful applicants are responsible for their own travel and accommodation arrangements. EVANZ will subsidise these costs with a grant of $250 per scholarship recipient. Accommodation deals may be available so it is recommended recipients check with Eden Park before booking accommodation. 
  • The successful applicant must prepare a written report at the conclusion of the Scholarship, to be submitted to Eden Park and EVANZ. The applicant will be required to present this report at the end of year EVANZ Conference in Christchurch.


The review panel will consist of one representative from Eden Park and one representative from the EVANZ Executive (providing the applicant is not from the same venue as the Executive Member). Review Panel decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into.


Successful applicants will be advised in writing in the week commencing Monday 1 July 2019.

Member Logos

As part of our commitment to sustainability, we have moved away from printed stickers and certificates and we are proud to launch our new digital logos for Venue Members and Associate Members. Square and rectangular logos are available for dark or light backgrounds. These can be used on your website, marketing collateral, email signature and so on. You can download the logos below. Please also download the logo guidelines to ensure you use the logos correctly. If you have any questions about the use of the logo, please email

EVANZ venue member logo    Associate member logo






DOWNLOAD THE LOGOS (Dropbox links):

Venue member logos

Associate member logos


Job Listing Form

If you have an employment vacancy you'd like to list on the EVANZ website, please complete this form (the link will download a Word form) and email the completed form to

We'll list the vacancy on our website and share it on the EVANZ Facebook page.

Skin Cancer Prevention Campaign

Dumburn campaign HPAWith summer at its hottest HPA is launching a new campaign, ‘What’s your look? – don’t make it #DumbBurn’. This new campaign encourages young people to avoid getting sunburnt. It will run through until mid-March.

Who is the campaign aimed at?

The campaign targets young people in the 18 to 24 age group in social or workplace settings. This is when young people are more independent and evidence shows that they are at greater risk of sunburn through over exposure to ultraviolet radiation (UVR).

Why focus on sunburn?

Research shows that although most young people know how to protect themselves from the harm of UVR, they often don’t take the required steps to do so. Therefore while previous campaigns have focussed on how to protect yourself (Slip, Slop, Slap and Wrap), this campaign focuses more on what motivates the target audience to be SunSmart. The insight we are focussing on, is that young people are motivated to be SunSmart by the immediate consequences of getting sunburnt ie, pain and inconvenience to their life, embarrassment, and appearance based cues such as unattractive tan lines, peeling. While young people have some awareness of the harm of UVR, the possibility of developing skin cancer in the future, is not as motivating to them, as the more immediate consequences of sunburn.

The campaign

The campaign uses outdoor advertising (particularly in areas within 500m of parks, beaches or playgrounds, hardware stores for workers and DIYers, plus high foot traffic areas where people are out in the sun). It also uses highly targeted Facebook, Instagram and YouTube channels.  The campaign will also be communicated through HPA’s workplace channels.

Key messages

The key messages of the campaign are as follows:

  • Not protecting yourself from ultraviolet radiation gets in the way of fun – it’s painful, a real hassle and is not a great look in front of your mates.
  • Protect yourself in the sun. Be SunSmart Slip, Slop, Slap and Wrap.
  • For more see

Get behind the campaign - promotional resources available

The real power of a campaign such as this, is when organisations use their own channels to spread the message. So HPA have created a full suite of free promotional resources for you to use. These include three video advertisements, posters and online banners. There are also resources for workplaces where people work outside. To see the full suite of campaign resources on the campaign page click here

For those wanting to share the campaign with people they work with, here are some suggestions for using the videos, posters, and graphics:

  • share the campaign on your social media channels by posting the campaign videos.
  • promote the campaign on your website or in your next newsletter, and include some things that young people can do to be SunSmart this summer, see for more ideas.
  • display the posters around your workplace where young people can see them.

Let’s all be SunSmart this summer. Protect yourself from harmful ultraviolet radiation that can cause skin cancer and Slip, Slop, Slap and Wrap.

NOTE: The only limitation is regarding talent agreements with the collateral which stipulates some restrictions for showing the You Tube clips at large scale paid events (use of the posters and social media content is fine and events that are free to the public are fine too).

Tactical Risk Assessment of People Workshop

T.R.A.P. (Tactical Risk Assessment of People) workshop

18 - 21 March 2019

Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland

Click here for more information



Presidents Report 2017/18

Keith Parker presented his Presidents Report at the EVANZ AGM on 26 November. Here is a copy of his report.


I am pleased to present my first annual report as the President of EVANZ to members for the November 2017 to November 2018 year. 

Firstly I would like to thank my colleagues on the Executive for another successful year. Without their support and strengths it would be very difficult to deliver across all the work streams and for that I thank them. 

At last year’s AGM Adam Lynch,  Megan Peacock- Coyle, Mark Gosling and Helaina Keeley were elected to the Executive to join standing members Joelene Elliot and myself.

Gwen Keel resigned as the Associates member representative on the board due to her change of work situation, and Ash Quensell was invited to take Gwen`s place as he was part of the Associates working group with Gwen from the start. I was elected by the Executive to lead the Association as their President which has been my pleasure and an honour representing our industry and members.

The Executive met on 5 occasions during the year. In addition to that the Executive Sub Committees also met regularly during the year. These committees include the Education and Training Sub Committee, Conference Sub Committee and Awards Sub Committee. 

I would like to thank all our elected members and sub-committee members for their very valuable contribution during this period.  I very much appreciate the voluntary time they put into their roles.

Miles Davidson left the association in July of this year and a recruitment process was undertaken in April/May with the outcome of Lynn Robinson being appointed the new GM of EVANZ. We thank Miles for assisting in this process and supporting Lynn into her new role.

The Executive and I are sure that the members will thank Miles for 15 years of service and his service will be acknowledged at the Awards dinner tomorrow evening.

  • We have continued to build on our relationships with MTNZ, ETNZ and PANNZ, and hope that this morning’s PANNZ meeting strengthens that relationship.
  • Membership and Associated members numbers have increased which has been pleasing to see.
  • A Survey was completed by our members in regards to the current website and the executive has a much better understanding as to what our members would like to see in that site, A working group will be established to look at the results and work with a provider to review the current and implement changes to our site.
  • Education within the EVANZ family still plays a huge part of what we offer with several scholarships and seminars being held across the country.
  • The Spark Arena Catering Scholarship, Eden Parks operational and catering scholarships along with the prestigious Auckland Live scholarship are but a few that have been undertaken. Adam will talk more about the new and exciting things that we have lined up for our members in his presentation tomorrow in the education session.
  • A very successful mid-year was held in Taupo and we thank Scott and Gillian and their teams for hosting us for a very successful conference.
  • The Association’s finances are in good shape and Lynn will give a more detailed account of our finances a bit later in this meeting.

Nominations have been called for the Executive for 2018/2020.  We are required to fill two positions. Myself and Joelene Elliott were up for re-election but with only two nominations those being both Joelene and myself, no vote will be required this year and the two nominated members will re-join the executive for the next two years. The executive will hold a meeting to elect the President for 2018/2020 after this meeting.

On behalf of the Executive I would like to thank you the members for your continuing support and we look forward to more success in the future. 

To all our sponsors - without you we would struggle. Your contributions are highly valued and I look forward to building those relationships over the next two years to ensure that both the members and the sponsors are being accorded the accolades that they deserve.

I would like to again thank the Executive Committee members for their input, advice and voluntary time which I know that they at times struggle with full time roles and balancing family along with all that.   

The Executive is excited to lead the association into the next year with lots happening, new relationships being built and lots of new initiatives in the education sector.

I have been extremely honoured to have been the President of this amazing Executive. I know that they have worked extremely hard over the last 12 months and I value each and every one of them. To Lynn our new GM I thank you for all that you have already done and look forward to working with you over the next two years.  


President, EVANZ


Trustpower Announced as Baypark Naming Partner

Iconic Tauranga organisations, Trustpower and Bay Venues have today announced that leading New Zealand energy and telecommunications company Trustpower will be the new naming sponsor of Baypark.

From December 2018 Baypark, the largest community, sporting and events venue in the Bay of Plenty, will be officially known as Trustpower Baypark.  Baypark provides a wide range of activities such as community sports, concerts and cultural events, exhibitions and shows as well as international level sporting fixtures.  It has also been home to speedway in the Bay of Plenty for many years.

The multi-faceted venue includes the Trustpower Arena and Trustpower Stadium, both of which are used extensively throughout the year.  The colourful new Trustpower branding of the venue will be installed over the next few weeks. 

Trustpower CEO Vince Hawksworth said “Being part of the community is an essential part of Trustpower’s DNA and we have supported local organisations like the Trustpower TECT rescue helicopter for many years. We’re excited about our new partnership with Baypark and the opportunity to be involved in an even wider range of community events and activities here on our home turf.”

Bay Venues CEO Gary Dawson believes that Trustpower’s involvement could not have come at a better time, with the facility’s usage and enquiry rates at unprecedented levels.

“We are very excited to be able to form a naming rights partnership with Trustpower – a successful Tauranga company that has the same underlying community objectives as ourselves – that is to enrich the lives of those living in Tauranga. “

“Local use and enjoyment of Baypark has grown year on year and Trustpower’s involvement with Baypark will ensure future growth and accessibility for all sectors of our community through their participation, or attendance at the many events and activities currently available at the venue”. 

For further information please contact Vince Hawksworth CEO Trustpower 021 223 4609 or Gary Dawson CEO of Bay Venues Ltd on 021 435 579.


New Look Kiwi Access card to replace 18+ card from January 2019

Kiwi Acess Card Hospitality New ZealandHospitality New Zealand has been administering the 18+ card since 2000.  The 18+ card is a respected and reliable Evidence of Age document, widely used across New Zealand.

Following Hospitality New Zealand’s recent re-brand, they thought it would be time to review the 18+ card. After consulting with other agencies (including Department of Internal Affairs, Ministry of Social Development, Office for Disability Issues and NZ Post), the decision has been made to replace the 18+ card with a new Kiwi Access card. The Kiwi Access card has a fresh look and enhanced security features, meaning it can reach a wider section of society who will benefit from having access to this new resource.

Hospitality New Zealand received feedback that there is a wide range of people that need to access goods and services in New Zealand, but are unable to obtain a passport or driver licence. As a result, they are currently reliant on the 18+ card to provide the required identification. The card’s new name, Kiwi Access, aligns better with the needs of everyone across all segments of New Zealand society and provides a form of identification that is more appropriate to their personal needs and situation.

The security features of Kiwi Access have also been enhanced, with a state-of-the-art upgrade, making it more difficult than ever before for the card to be fraudulently produced.

The Kiwi Access card will be in circulation in January 2019, and will retail at $55 including GST.

It is important to note that there have been no changes to the process in obtaining a card, so the integrity currently held by the 18+ card remains with the Kiwi Access card.  In fact, the security enhancements made to the Kiwi Access card increase the integrity, making it an even more secure means of identification.

Please also note that the current and previous versions of the 18+ card remain valid for 10 years from the date of issue.

If you have any questions please contact Rebecca Dobbs (ph 0800 500 503 or email, or visit