Association Focus

SITE ANZ Chapter wins two awards at Dublin conference

Tuesday, 26 April 2022 21:10

The Australia and New Zealand Chapter of the Society of Incentive Travel Excellence won two awards at the SITE Global Conference in Dublin last week, with President Colette Baini on hand to accept them.

NZ Cruise Association urgently seeks reopening dates

Tuesday, 26 April 2022 03:01

New Zealand Cruise Association is warning that New Zealand risks losing millions of dollars unless the Government can confirm as soon as possible when our maritime borders will reopen.

LINC leads the way

Monday, 07 February 2022 23:26

In keeping with the COVID protection framework at red settings, AuSAE’s LINC Conference from 1 to 3 February went ahead in Rotoura, successfully operating within the limit of 100 attendees. 

Hosted Buyer applications open for MEETINGS 2022

Monday, 31 January 2022 00:59

Hosted Buyer applications are now open for Business Events Industry Aotearoa’s MEETINGS 2022 on 15 and 16 June in Ōtautahi Christchurch.

AuSAE LINC conference set for 1 February

Tuesday, 25 January 2022 02:03

The AuSAE LINC conference to be held in Rotorua at the Energy Event Centre is going ahead as planned from 1 to 3 February.  

PCOA postpone annual conference despite strong support

Tuesday, 11 January 2022 22:13

The Professional Conference Organisers Association (PCOA)  has decided to postpone the scheduled annual conference, planned for Hobart later this month.

Major seed conference coming to Christchurch

Tuesday, 14 December 2021 08:10

Ōtautahi Christchurch has won the right to host the world’s largest regional seed association congress.

New Chair for BEIA

Wednesday, 17 November 2021 00:01

Steve Armitage has been appointed the new Independent Chair of Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA).

BEIA launches Future of Business Events Virtual Summit

Tuesday, 16 November 2021 00:05

Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA) is inviting registrations for its Future of Business Events Virtual Summit on Thursday, 9 December 2021.

Two major Tourism events move online for 2021

Tuesday, 02 November 2021 20:17

This year’s Tourism Summit Aotearoa and New Zealand Tourism Awards are transforming into innovative online events, says Tourism Industry Aotearoa.  

BEIA @ PCMA award scholarships to members

Tuesday, 19 October 2021 22:12

Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA) has partnered with the Professional Conference Management Association to award PCMA DES (Digital Events Strategist) Certification scholarships to several of its New Zealand members.

BEIA conference postponed until 2022

Wednesday, 06 October 2021 22:31

Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA) and Hawke’s Bay Tourism have announced the postponement of BEIA’s 45th Annual Conference in Hawke’s Bay until 2022.

New dates for PCOA21

Thursday, 09 September 2021 01:36

The challenges of the current outbreaks of the coronavirus pandemic has led the PCO Association (PCOA) councillors to the decision to postpone PCOA21.

AuSAE LINC conference new dates and location

Wednesday, 01 September 2021 01:32

New dates along with a new venue have been announced for the LINC Conference. The conference will now take place in Rotorua from Sunday 28 November to Tuesday 30 November 2021.

Business events industry conference ready for bold look at the future

Monday, 09 August 2021 23:05

Registration is now open for the Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA) Conference 2021 to be held at the Napier War Memorial Centre in Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand from 11 to 13 October. 

ChristchurchNZ TRENZ Hui 2021 - Case Study

Wednesday, 21 July 2021 23:39

TRENZ Hui, staged in Ōtautahi Christchurch in May 2021, was the biggest live business event to be held in New Zealand since the 2020 lockdown.

New chair at NZEA

Tuesday, 29 June 2021 00:15

The NZ Events Association (NZEA) will farewell its outgoing Board Chair Graham Rouse as he comes to the end of his constitutional term.

MEETINGS 2021 underway

Tuesday, 01 June 2021 22:52

After a two-year break, more than 500 business events industry buyers and media from Australia and New Zealand were welcomed to Auckland Tāmaki Makaurau today for Business Events Industry Aotearoa’s MEETINGS exhibition.

PCOA 14th Conference & Exhibition

Tuesday, 25 May 2021 01:37

If the past two weeks have proven anything, it is that the business-events industry is eager to get back to face-to face events, says PCO Association (PCOA) president Barry Neame.

New Zealand Business Events on show for Australians

Monday, 03 May 2021 20:27

Over 60 Australian business event organisers are set to arrive in Auckland on 1 June for Business Events Industry Aotearoa’s two-day showcase MEETINGS 2021.


Wednesday, 14 April 2021 00:00

Asia Pacific Incentives Meetings Event (AIME) has announced that the Professional Conference Managers Association (PCMA) will be the official 2022 Knowledge Program partner!

Association report against backdrop of COVID-19

Monday, 12 April 2021 21:48

AuSAE Premium Alliance Partner Advanced Solutions International (ASI), a leading global provider of software and services for associations and non-profits, has released its worldwide 2021 Membership Performance Benchmark Report — COVID Edition. Learn more here:  www.advsol.com/21membenchpr.


Monday, 29 March 2021 03:23

Business Events Tasmania (BET) welcomes the opportunity to showcase Tasmania’s conferencing and business event capabilities to industry professionals at the PCOA Conference 2021 in Hobart.

BEIA pushing for more government support

Monday, 01 March 2021 20:28

Following the move to Alerts Level 3 for Auckland and Alert Level 2 for the rest of the country until Sunday March 7, Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA) is urging the government for more support.

AIME Cancels 2021 event

Monday, 25 January 2021 03:31

AIME Cancels 2021 Event Due COVID-19 Implications

Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME) has today announced the cancellation of the 2021 event, which was scheduled to be hosted at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre and online in March, due to concerns brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.


Monday, 21 December 2020 21:37

New Zealand’s MEETINGS 2021 is confirmed for 2 and 3 June in Auckland, with its Hosted Buyer Programme launching early in 2021.

Centium receives the 2020 PCOA Presidents Award

Sunday, 13 December 2020 23:05

The 2020 PCOA President’s Award was presented to Trevor Gardiner, chief executive officer of Centium at the recent 13th Annual PCOA Hybrid Conference & Virtual Exhibition.

PCOA Conference 2020

Sunday, 13 December 2020 22:53

Paula Leishman on the big screen during a panel discussion at the PCOA conference last week.

Professional conference organisers need to ‘shout from the rooftops’ about how successful business events are being held right now. They also need to relook at how the engage (and for how long) with clients, sponsors and trade exhibitors, the Professional Conference Organisers’ Association (PCOA) hybrid conference heard last week.

‘Our role as PCOs is to work with our clients, translate the level of confidence we are seeing in holding events and show them the way,’ says Paula Leishman, managing director at Leishman Associates.

‘Hybrid is probably here forever, so we need to look at all the opportunities it brings.’

Leishman says conferences used to be like a ‘pop up’ experience. ‘We would bump in and set up, hold the event then break it down at the end of three days and it would be over. It is important that PCOs continue the engagement piece well after the physical event.’

Leishman, who is based in Tasmania, says that as well as making the event engaging for both the in-person and virtual audience, it is important to encourage connection by attendees with sponsors and exhibitors – before, during and after the event. The PCOA conference was held in multiple venues across Australasia (including the Park Hyatt Auckland) and streamed live to virtual attendees’ offices and homes.

(More coverage of the PCOA conference in the January / February 2021 edition of Meeting Newz Magazine.)

Business Events Industry Re connects

Tuesday, 01 December 2020 21:26

Business Events Industry Aotearoa, the new name for Conventions and Incentives NZ has started its new era in style with the Be Reconnected event being held at the Aotea Centre, Auckland yesterday.

Storytelling For Grant Applications

Monday, 19 October 2020 22:45

If you’d like to know how to win one of the many government grants that are coming our way, you need to attend PCOA20 to learn from one of the best - Bernadette Schwerdt.

PCOA20 Keynote Speaker announcement

Monday, 05 October 2020 19:34

The All Blacks, perhaps the most admired rugby side in the world, have a lot for which to thank ‘team player’ Gilbert Enoka.

He is New Zealand’s premier mental-skills and performance coach and has built an enviable career which has taken in not only elite sporting teams but the corporate world and other fields.

PCOA 2020

Monday, 14 September 2020 21:51

The Professional Conference Organisers Association Inc (PCOA) today is revealing details of PCOA20.

PCMA signs partnership deal with Korea MICE Association

Monday, 24 August 2020 04:09

Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) and Korea MICE Association have announced a two-year strategic agreement to provide bolstered support to members of both organisations to equip them for the post-COVID return, through specialised training programs. 

CINZ and PCMA sign agreeement

Monday, 06 July 2020 00:53

Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) and the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) have announced a strategic agreement to work together to support and professionally develop the business events community.

MEETINGS 2021 in Christchurch

Monday, 29 June 2020 23:31

The countdown for MEETINGS 2021 in Ōtautahi Christchurch has begun with the announcement of new dates for New Zealand’s premier business events exhibition run by Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ).

Wahl Davies replaces Copeman at PCOA

Thursday, 18 June 2020 01:32

Arna Wahl Davies has replaced Ali Copeman as the PCOA NZ Councillor for NZ and brings more than 20 years’ experience in event management to the role.

Fieldays 2020 online only

Monday, 08 June 2020 23:16

The Southern Hemisphere’s largest agricultural event will be online only this year. 

New Zealand gets back to business events

Thursday, 04 June 2020 02:09

New Zealand’s success in eliminating Covid-19 means gatherings of any scale can take place from next week, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced.

A first for Fieldays

Monday, 18 May 2020 02:27

Fieldays, The Southern Hemisphere’s largest agri-event approximately has partnered with Trade Me to deliver their first ever online event with the online powerhouse set to streamline Fieldays’ digital transactions and customer service experience.

CINZ urges for distinction between business events and mass gatherings

Sunday, 10 May 2020 22:38

Conventions & Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) is urging the government to make a clear distinction between business events and mass gatherings to give domestic events a solid platform to restart under Alert Level 2.

CINZ launch new event - BE Reconnected

Monday, 06 April 2020 04:29

New Zealand’s business events industry association, CINZ is looking towards post-COVID-19 recovery by launching a new event, BE Reconnected, for December 2020.

Meetings 2020 postponed

Monday, 16 March 2020 04:21

Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) has announced the postponement of New Zealand’s annual business events industry trade show MEETINGS, which was due to take place in Auckland next month.

New Education Series to launch at MEETINGS

Monday, 09 March 2020 20:49

Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) is unveiling a new professional development and education programme for MEETINGS 2020 in Auckland.

Franchise Association Conference to be held at Claudelands

Wednesday, 04 March 2020 02:08

Taking place 17-19 June at Hamilton’s Claudelands Arena and organised by the Franchise Association of New Zealand, attendance is open to members and non-members.

Setting the sustainability standard high at Fieldays

Wednesday, 04 March 2020 00:40

The New Zealand National Fieldays Society is committed to achieving its long-term sustainability goals through environmentally responsible business.

Tourism industry makes strides towards sustainability

Wednesday, 29 January 2020 23:36

New Zealand’s tourism industry continued to make important strides towards its sustainability goals in 2019, according to research and analysis by Tourism Industry Aotearoa.

PCMA to Raise $250K for Australia and Puerto Rico Disaster Victims

Wednesday, 22 January 2020 23:19

Citing the business events industry’s vast potential for taking care of people and communities, PCMA President and CEO Sherrif Karamat today announced a pan-industry initiative to raise $250,000 to help those affected by the bushfires in Australia and the earthquakes in Puerto Rico.

Tasmania to host the 13th Annual PCOA Conference in 2020

Tuesday, 10 December 2019 03:04


Barry Neame, PCOA President congratulated the ICC Venue, AV and catering,  the dynamic MC duo Amanda Stevens and Andrew Klein, along with program director Tiffany Bower.

PCOA 2019 Kicks off in Sydney

Monday, 09 December 2019 01:37

The 12th annual PCOA showcase officially kicked off at the ICC Sydney this morning with a rousing acknowledgement of country performed by a group from the Kari indigenous support foundation.

CINZ Celebrates 10 years exhibiting at PCO conference

Wednesday, 04 December 2019 02:21

Celebrating 10 years exhibiting at the Professional Conference Organisers’ (PCO) Association Conference, Conventions & Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) and Tourism New Zealand (joined by 18 partners), have this year doubled their stand to 72sqm giving delegates room to immerse themselves in what New Zealand has in store.

Exhibitors set to launch new experiences at CINZ MEETINGS 2020

Wednesday, 04 December 2019 02:15

Next year’s 24th CINZ MEETINGS, run by Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) is set to be a launch pad for New Zealand’s latest experiences and new venues.

CINZ appoints new Chief Executive

Sunday, 01 December 2019 22:26

Lisa Hopkins has been appointed the new Chief Executive of Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ).

CINZ Board Chair Tony Gardner says he is delighted to announce the appointment of Lisa Hopkins, who has held senior business events leadership positions in New Zealand and offshore for over a decade.

Fieldays significant economic contribution

Wednesday, 13 November 2019 01:08

Fieldays® continues to contribute significantly to the regional and national economy according to the recent Economic Impact Report conducted by Dr Warren Hughes of the New Zealand Institute for Business Research at the University of Waikato.

CINZ conference 2020 to showcase Hawke's Bay

Sunday, 03 November 2019 03:43

Napier city and the Hawke’s Bay region will host the Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) Conference in October 2020. The win was announced at the conference in Queenstown last week.