Held at Silo 6, YWCA presented their 18×18 exhibit, an immersive experience on the being a young women in today's day and age. The organisation spent a year interviewing and collecting the real journeys of women to create a visual representation of New Zealand's young women. Their major sponsor was Huawei, with others including Resene, ICG, Osynlig, Ruby, Auckland Transport, Auckland Council and many more. The event was managed self-managed. "We’d kept hearing how the girls were unhappy with how inaccurately the mainstream portrayed young women’s lives," Verity Johnson said. "And what with the upswell of youth issues, such as climate change strikes, mental health crises and rumblings about generational differences, it seemed like there was a great deal of interest and confusion about what young people these days are feeling. It was a great chance to understand and connect with them in a way we’d never done before, and to give them a chance to put their voices at the center of everything we did. "
Facebook held their first ever Community Leaders Connect Aotearoa event, bringing together over 80 community leaders nationwide. Welcomed by Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei - Whai Maia and Meng Foon - Race Relations Commissioner, the event focused on communication, empowerment and inclusion. The event was managed by Our Friends Electric and held at The Common in Parnell.
Black Pineapple held the launch of their new HQ in Kingsland alongside a group of 100 of the event industry's best. The event was self-managed, with key sponsors and contributors being Dillon from Electric Boogie, Sweet Mix Kids, Find A Band's Pavel, Hancock's, Brothers Beer, Urbanaut, FLOX, Kensal Flower Studio, Soho Wines, Kumeu River, Moi Wines, Ice Creations and Great Catering Company. “For us, we were just delighted with being able to welcome, for the first time, people fully into our home," Frankie Walker said to us. "We wanted to show them some hospitality, but also give them some insight: a peek behind the curtain about how we run our business, as well as to put on a bit of a show and showcase some of our greatest hits (cocktails and delicious drinks)."
The Real Estate Institute of New Zealand (REINZ) presented their first INSPIRE | MOTIVATE | CONNECT conference this year, aimed at professionals in the industry seeking growth and insight. Held at Shed 10 and beginning with a Loan Market VIP Breakfast, conference keynote speakers included Josh Tesolin, Lisa King, John Dakin, Sridhar Krishnamurti and more. The event was catered by Collective Hospitality Ltd. and managed by REINZ. Key sponsors included Property Press, Skills and Loan Market; exhibitors include Devonché, Hnry, Blerb, Rate My Agent and Bladescenes.
Westpac Auckland Business Awards was brought to you by the Auckland Business Chamber in partnership with Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED), and the support of principal sponsor Westpac. Celebrated at Cordis, Auckland and managed by the Auckland Business Chamber, these awards brought together a range of sponsors that commemorated Auckland’s success, such as Air New Zealand, Barfoot and Thompson, Vodafone, OfficeMax and many more. Auckland Business Chamber CEO, Michael Barnett, congratulated the businesses on the success they have achieved. “These awards bring together businesses to showcase their talent, their strategic thinking, marketing and customer services and much more," he said. "Our winners and finalists are today's employers and tomorrow's wealth providers. They deserve to be recognised and celebrated.”
Stormwater Conference 2019 was held from 1 to 3 May, 2019 at the Grand Millennium Hotel, Auckland City. With over 25 booths, exhibitors included Eurofins, Cirtex, Hynds, Auckland Council and more; major sponsors included Stormwater360 and Water New Zealand. Keynote speakers spanning over the 3 days were Dr. Dwane Jones, Richard Batiuk, Chris Digman and Craig Mcilroy. The conference was followed by a gala dinner at St Matthew's, with event management courtesy of Avenues.
HP Z at the Edge held part of their HP All Media Pacific Tour at Amano, Auckland Central in April, managed by Events Direct. Major sponsors included Nvidia, Exeed, Azure, Microsoft and many more. Keynote speakers for the conference were Michael Lang, Solutions Architecture Manager for Nvidia, and Keith Fish, WW Graphic Product Manager for Z by HP.
The Pacific Conference on Earthquake Engineering (PCEE) was held in Auckland City at SkyCity Convention Centre and spanned two days. It was hosted by NZSEE and organised by Conferences & Events, with sponsors such as EQC, Tonkin + Taylor, Pacific Steel, Beca, Granor, Mageba, Contech and many more. Keynote speakers included Carlos Ventura, Maryann Phipps, Teuku Faisal Fathani and David C. Hopkins.
Hosted in The Atrium, Hamilton, Harcourts Awards Central 2019 was hosted in The Atrium, Hamilton. The event was self-managed by Harcourts and catered by Montanda Food & Events, with Kopiko Bay providing drinks and beverages. Sponsors included Luxury Property Selection, Spark, Pink Batts, Stuff, OfficeMax, and many more.
Microsoft Azure Summit was held in Wellington, Queens Wharf. The conference was managed by Events Direct and hosted in TSB Arena's Shed 6 and Auditorium, focusing on the new era of Intelligent Cloud. Speakers included Vijay Tewari, Microsoft’s Principal Azure Group Programme Manager, and Russell Craig, Microsoft's Chief Technical Officer. The event was sponsored by BNZ, Intel, Volpara Health Technologies and more. “With such huge advances in cloud technology it’s great timing for an event like this, to give Kiwi businesses a clear idea of how they can make cloud work for them and to give them the tools they need to accelerate their digital transformation journey,” said Patrick Quesnel, Microsoft Cloud and Enterprise BG Lead.
Spirits Awards 2019 was hosted at Te Papa to recognise and celebrate achievement within the New Zealand spirits industry, with Avenues Event Management responsible for the management of the evening. The ceremony was presented by Spirits New Zealand Inc. and Distilled Spirits Aotearoa (NZ) Inc., with sponsors including Super Liquor, Tasmanian Cask Co, Lactanol, Label & Litho, Lion and The Spirits Workshop Distillery.
Techweek 2019 took place during May across 38 locations in NZ. The week-long festival partnered with local Economic Development Agencies to showcase the NZ tech ecosystem. From conferences to meetups, Techweek was self-managed and held across many venues, including Museum of New Zealand, Trustpower Stadium Lounge, Horncastle Arena, AUT, Otago Business School and many more. “New Zealand is full of big dreamers, smart collaborators and ingenious thinkers," Chief Executive of NZTech Graeme Muller said, "and this year we celebrate those people and their projects, and give people all over the country the chance to interact with those leading the way in tech."