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Awards Winners 2016

2016 Winners:

Ticket Direct Supreme Venue of the Year Award - Isaac Theatre Royal Christchurch

Receiving the Award are (left to right) Neil Cox (Isaac Theatre Royal) Matt Davey (Ticket Direct Sponsor) Freya Alexander (Isaac Theatre Royal)

Priava Supreme Venue Person of the Year Award - Darren Burden Vbase Christchurch

Receiving the Award is (left to right) Peter Maddock (on behalf of Darren Burden Vbase) and James Pegum (Priava Sponsor)

EVANZ Contribution to Industry Award - Neil Cox Isaac Theatre Royal

Receiving the Award are (left to right) Neil Cox (Isac Theatre Royal) and Nelita Byrne (EVANZ Sponsor)

Tompkins Wake Excellence in Customer Service Award - Vbase Christchurch

Receiving the Award are (left to right) Jon Calder (Tompkins Wake Sponsor) Peter Maddock, Amy van T Veen, Jackie Rozynski-Nuttall (Vbase) 

iTICKET Excellence in Innovation Award - H3 Group Hamilton

Receiving the Award are (left to right) Sven Ladewig, Mike Gilling (H3 Group) Kate Ward-Smythe (iTICKET Sponsor), Richard Sutherland, Andy Boulton (H3 Group) 

HPA Excellence in Host Responsibility Award - Eden Park Auckland

Receiving the Award are (left to right) Keith Parker, (Eden Park), Mark Lyne (Heath Promotion Agency (HPA) Sponsor), Steve Donaghy (Eden Park)

Ticketmaster Large Venue of the Year Award - Yarrow Stadium New Plymouth

Receiving the Award are (left to right) Neil Fenwick, Julie Johns, David Liggett, Nelita Byrne (Yarrow Stadium) Justin Pule (Ticketmaster Sponsor)

EVANZ Medium Venue of the Year Award - Isaac Theatre Royal Christchurch

Receiving the Award are (left to right) Freya Alexander, Neil Cox (Isaac Theatre Royal) Nelita Byrne (EVANZSponsor) 

Eventfinda Small Venue of the Year Award - Q Theatre Auckland

Receiving the Award is (left to right) James Wilson (Q Theatre) and James McGlinn (Eventfinda Sponsor)

Ticketek Venue Executive of the Year Award - Darren Burden Vbase Christchurch

Receiving the Award is (left to right) Brendon Bainbridge (Ticketek Sponsor) and Peter Maddock (on behalf of Darren Burden Vbase)

Simpson Grierson Operations Manager of the Year Award - Sven Ladewig H3 Group Hamilton

Receiving the Award is (left to right) Sven Ladewig (H3 Group) and Gwen Keel (Simpson Grierson Sponsor)

Priava Rising Star of the Year Award - Chynna Phelan Eden Park Auckland

Receiving the Award is (left to right) Neil Cox (Priava Sponsor) Chynna Phelan (Eden Park)

MORE PHOTOS EVANZ AWARDS DINNER 6 DECEMBER 2016

Awards Finalists Announced

            

Supreme Venue of the Year Award Sponsor                Supreme Venue Person of the Year Sponsor

Awards Finalists 2016

 

Judging is complete and finalists found:

Tompkins Wake Excellence in Customer Service Award
Baycourt Tauranga
Vbase Christchurch

iTICKET Excellence in Innovation Award
H3 Group Hamilton
Q Theatre Auckland

HPA Excellence in Host Responsibility Award
Eden Park Auckland
Vbase Christchurch
Westpac Stadium Wellington

Ticketmaster Large Venue of the Year (over 5000 seats)
Eden Park Auckland
Hagley Oval Christchurch
Yarrow Stadium New Plymouth

EVANZ Medium Venue of the Year (1001 - 4999 seats)
ILT Stadium Southland Invercargill
Isaac Theatre Royal Christchurch
TSB Hub Hawera

Eventfinda Small venue of the Year (under 1000 seats)
Ashburton Events Centre
Carterton Events Centre
Q Theatre Auckland

Ticketek Venue Executive of the Year 
Darren Burden Vbase
Chad Hooker H3 Group
James Wilson Q Theatre

Simpson Grierson Operations Manager of the Year 
Scott Attenborough Taupo Venues
Blair Christiansen Eden Park
Sven Ladewig H3 Group

Priava Rising Star Award 
Laura Morrison ILT Stadium Southland
Chyna Phelan Eden Park
Dawn Stewart H3 Group

Ticket Direct Supreme Venue of the Year Award (highest scoring nomination across the 3 venue awards - large, medium and small)

Priava Supreme Venue Person of the Year (highest scoring nomination across the 3 people awards)

All winners will be announced at the Awards Dinner, Claudelands Hamilton on Tuesday 6 December.

Executive Scholarship Announced

The Executive Committee is very pleased to announce that Ben Slatter from the H3 Group is the successful applicant for the 2016 Executive Scholarship. Congratulations to Ben.  This Scholarship is offered by the EVANZ Executive to a SENIOR member of your staff.  It is an excellent opportunity for managers and up and coming senior managers from EVANZ member venues to visit other venues to learn and observe processes and systems put in place by another venue/s.  Ben is a venue manager at H3 and the scholarship will be used to subsidise his trip to visit venues in Australia.

HPA Servewise e-learning website

Are your staff trained in Host Responsibility? The Health Promotion Agency (HPA) has launched an e-learning website. To get started click here and sign up.

More details about the launch

EVANZ Outstanding Service Award

President Craig Goodall presented the EVANZ Outstanding Service Award to three worthy recipients at the AGM.

David Walsh - David has been in the industry for many years based in Palmerston North, starting out at the Convention Centre and latterly managing Arena Manawatu.  David was one of the founding members of EVANZ supporting the association for a few decades since.  David has now retired and deserves our recognition.  Craig Burton Manager of the Palmerston North Convention Centre received the award on David's behalf.

Melanie Smith - Melanie is now living in Melbourne however her time on the EVANZ Executive was a very valuable one.  While on the Executive Melanie masterminded and managed the rebranding of our logos and marketing collateral.  She also oversaw the new website development.  EVANZ Is pleased to recognise Melanie's contribution.  Glen Crighton Auckland Live accepted the award on Melanie's behalf.

Keith Parker - Keith has served on the EVANZ Executive on two separate occasions and has made a significant contribution each time.  Keith's commitment to raise standards in the sector is second to none and deserves recognition.  The Eden Park Event Scholarship is an example of his work.  Keith was presented the award.

New President and New Executive Member

At the first meeting of the EVANZ Exec after the AGM Nelita Byrne from New Plymouth Venue was elected President of EVANZ.  Nelita takes over from Craig Goodall who did not stand for the Executive Committee for another term (2015 -2017).

Nelita's term takes immediate effect from December 2015 until the AGM in 2017.  

At the AGM members elected Gareth Wallis from Auckland Live to the Executive.  Gareth takes up a two year term from 2015 to 2017.  After a year as a co-opted member on the Executive Sarah Anderson was elected to the Executive from 2015 to 2017.   Nelita Byrne and Adam Lynch were relected for 2015 to 2017.

Joelene Elliott and Darren Burden are entering their second year of their two year term (2014 - 2016).

The full Executive is:

Nelita Byrne (President) New Plymouth Venues (2015 - 2017)

Adam Lynch Positively Wellington Venues (2015 - 2017)

Darren Burden Vbase (2014 - 2016)

Gareth Wallis Auckland Live (2015 - 2017)

Joelene Elliott Events and Venues Rotorua (2014 - 2016)

Sarah Anderson Regent Theatre Dunedin (2015 - 2017)

Executive member profiles

EVANZ Awards Winners

2015 Winners:

Ticket Direct Supreme Venue of the Year Award - The Trusts Arena Auckland

Receiving the Award are (left to right) Simon Daly (The Trusts Arena) Matt Davey (Ticket Direct Sponsor) Brian Blake (The Trusts Arena)

EVANZ Venue Person of the Year Award - Kylie Young Vbase Christchurch

Receiving the Award is Kylie Young (Vbase Christchurch)

Tompkins Wake Excellence in Customer Service Award - Vbase Christchurch

Receiving the Award are (left to right) Chris Mintern, Kylie Young, Sarah Fuller, Darren Burden, Jackie Rozynski-Nuttall (Vbase), Scott Ratuki (Tompkins Wake Lawyers Sponsor)

iTICKET Excellence in Innovation Award - H3 Group Hamilton

Receiving the Award are (left to right) Richard Sutherland, Chad Hooker (H3 Group) Kate Ward-Smythe (iTICKET Sponsor), Karl Johnson, Ben Slater (H3 Group)

HPA Excellence in Host Responsibility Award - Eden Park Auckland

Receiving the Award are (left to right) Ash Quensell, Dan Scott, Andy Goodridge, Paul Marquardt, Chynna Phelan, Keith Parker, (Eden Park), Mark Lyne (Heath Promotion Agency (HPA) Sponsor), Greg Ward (MC)

Ticketmaster Large Venue of the Year Award - The Trusts Arena Auckland

Receiving the Award are (left to right) Simon Daly (The Trusts Arena), Anjelica Devoe (Ticketmaster Sponsor), Brian Blake (The Trusts Arena)

Prestige Loos Medium Venue of the Year Award - Bruce Mason Centre Auckland

Receiving the Award are (left to right) Glen Crighton, Penn Trevella, Terence Harpur, Gareth Wallis, David Bavage (Bruce Mason Centre - Auckland Live)

Eventfinda Small Venue of the Year Award - Air Force Museum Christchurch

Receiving the Award are (left to right) Toni Jones, Kylie Young, Sarah Fuller, Darren Burden (Air Force Museum), James McGlinn (Eventfinda Sponsor), Jackie Rozynski-Nuttall, Chris Mintern (Air Force Museum)

Ticketek Venue Executive of the Year Award - Nigel Skelt Stadium Southland

Receiving the Award is (left to right) Nigel Skelt (Stadium Southland), Brendon Bainbridge (Ticketek Sponsor)

EVANZ Operations Manager of the Year Award - Paul Marquardt Eden Park Auckland

Receiving the Award is (left to right) Paul Marquardt (Eden Park), Craig Goodall (EVANZ Sponsor)

Priava Rising Star of the Year Award - Kylie Young Vbase Christchurch

Receiving the Award is (left to right) Kylie Young (Vbase), James Pegum (Priava Sponsor)

EVANZ Awards 2015 Finalists Announced

2015 Finalists:

Ticket Direct Supreme Venue of the Year - The winner of this award is the highest scoring venue out of the 3 venue award winners.  The winner of this award will be announced on 1 December

EVANZ Venue person of the Year AwardThe winner of this award is the highest scoring person out of the 3 person award winners.  The winner of this award will be announced on 1 December

Ticketmaster Large Venue of the Year Award:

Eden Park Auckland

Seddon Park Hamilton

Trusts Arena Auckland

Prestige Loos Medium Venue of the Year Award

Bruce Mason Centre Auckland

Isaac Theatre Royal Christchurch

Te Rauparaha Arena Porirua

Eventfinda Small Venue of the Year Award

Air Force Museum Christchurch

Q Theatre Auckland

TSB Showplace New Plymouth

Ticketek Venue Executive of the Year Award 

James Wilson Q Theatre Auckland

Nelita Byrne New Plymouth Venues

Nigel Skelt Stadium Southland

EVANZ Operations Manager of the Year Award

David Liggett TSB Showplace New Plymouth

Karl Johnson Seddon Park Hamilton

Paul Marquardt Eden Park Auckland

Priava Rising Star of the Year Award

Chynna Phelan Eden Park Auckland

Freya Alexander Isaac Theatre Royal Christchurch

Kylie Young Vbase Christchurch

Tompkins Wake Excellence in Customer Service Award

Auckland Art Gallery

Q Theatre Auckland

Vbase Christchurch

iTICKET Excellence in Innovation Award

H3 Group Hamilton

Q Theatre Auckland

HPA Excellence in Host Responsibility Award

Eden Park Auckland

Vector Arena Auckland

Eden Park Event Scholarship 2015

Successful applicants announced:
Karrie Ann Tuck Rotorua International Stadium
Brenna McCann Forsyth Barr Stadium
Sarah Fuller Vbase
Thank you to everyone who applied (7).  Applications this year were very strong and EVANZ thanks Eden Park Management for making this Scholarship available to members.

Nine Live Media Works Partnership

A new partnership between Mediaworks and Nine Live (Ticketek’s parent company) has just been announced.  This has been something they have been working on for some time and is a real boost to generate more live content in the NZ market.  In addition to this partnership developing and delivering content, Ticketek is very open to working with others (specifically our existing partners) to generate content.  A full time Touring Manager is based in Auckland with great resources backing us up from Mediaworks and Nine Live.

MEDIA RELEASE