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Events Capital cleans up at national awards

7 Aug 2014

Wellington’s status as the country’s Events Capital has been confirmed – with six awards at last night’s New Zealand Association of Event Professionals (NZEAP) Event Awards.

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Visa Wellington On a Plate won Best Established Regional Event

Thursday 7 August 2014


The accolades won last night were:

  • BEST ESTABLISHED REGIONAL EVENT - Visa Wellington On a Plate
  • BEST NEW ZEALAND OWNED MAJOR EVENT - World of WearableArt Awards Show
  • BEST PARTNERSHIP FOR AN EVENT - Visa Wellington On a Plate
  • BEST ONE OFF EVENT - The Hobbit an Unexpected Journey, World Premiere
  • BEST EVENT PROFESSIONAL - Sue Paterson (New Zealand Festival)
  • LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD - Dame Suzie Moncrieff (World of WearableArt founder)

 Mayor Celia Wade-Brown says Wellington won six of the 10 awards on offer – against tough competition from around the country. “Last night’s outstanding success is proof that we are the Events Capital.

“Congratulations to Dame Suzie and Sue Paterson and to the thousands of people, both paid and volunteers, who have pitched in to produce these outstanding events.

“We are proud to host and support an impressive variety of innovative, exciting and quintessentially-Wellington events that help to make this the coolest little Capital. I congratulate all the winners on their thoroughly deserved achievement,” says Mayor Wade-Brown.

Councillor Jo Coughlan, Chair of Wellington City Council’s Economic Development and Arts Committee, says as well as making Wellington a great place to visit and to live, events provide clear benefits for the Wellington economy.

“These awards are due recognition of the importance of these events. They not only support spend in the retail, hospitality and accommodation sectors, they also create employment and attract talent to the city.

“Overall we estimate the four events that were recognised last night have generated more than $100 million in spend in the city and region.

“We are committed to making Wellington a great place to invest and do business, and supporting events is a big part of that. And the best thing is – we’re working hard on even more great events for the city – so watch this space.”

Background on the NZEAP Awards

Thirty-one event professionals and individual events from across the country were finalists in the New Zealand Association of Event Professionals Event Awards.

The Awards were re-launched this year with a new format to recognise emerging leaders in the events industry and events that have positively impacted New Zealand, regional or local communities.

Head judge and former Rugby World Cup 2011 chief Martin Snedden says the judging panel was impressed with the number of high calibre entries submitted.

“The applications were incredibly diverse, from small scale community-led initiatives to events that have drawn hundreds of thousands of visitors. But they all share one common feature – a clever idea that has been executed exceptionally well.

“It is exciting to see how many passionate, resilient and talented event professionals there are in New Zealand.”

Martin led a panel of five judges, including Jane Huria, Amanda Millar, Chris Simpson and Stephen Wainwright.

More than 70 entries from across the country were received for nine different categories.

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