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Partnerships & Events

WREDA's Partnerships & Events team help maintain Wellington's status as the events capital of New Zealand.

Warrick Dent, General Manager Partnerships & Events

Warrick Dent heads up the team that supports some of Wellington's most popular events from the Sevens to World of WearableArt™ Awards Show. Formerly head of the Major Events team at Wellington City Council, Warrick leads the attraction of new events and continued success of events across the Wellington region. Email Warrick

Business Events


The Business Events Wellington team work with a membership-based group of operators and venues to promote Wellington as the best spot for your conference, meeting or incentive destination. If you’re interested in finding out more and maximising business event opportunities, you can find out more about business events in Wellington here, or get in touch with the team. 

Major Events

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WREDA’s major events team promotes, funds and supports major events in Wellington, such as New Zealand Festival, World of WearableArt™ Awards Show, Homegrown and the DHL New Zealand Lions Series 2017. The team work across funding support, marketing and promotion, logistical and venue support, feasibility studies and event bids, planning, management and risk management, coordination and facilitation of major events. Email Drew Naika for more information.  


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The partnership team at WREDA manage the development and delivery of partnership initiatives including the Wellington Partnership. The team manage stakeholder relationships and partner initiatives across business, government and education. Get in touch with Jessica for more information. 

Performance Event Attraction

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Wellington is known as the cultural capital of New Zealand, and the Performance Event Attraction team are responsible for sourcing, contracting, ticketing and delivering live performances and exhibitions. Their focus is on developing a strong calendar of events, and working with hirers to drive local and out of town audience development. To find out more, email Helen

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