Social Scene

Te Pae Christchurch celebrates opening

Monday, 16 May 2022 22:32

Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre showcased the Centre to clients, colleagues, suppliers and friends last Thursday, during a dinner to thank them for their support during the venue’s journey to opening.

PCOs work together to ensure success

Tuesday, 23 November 2021 20:01

Professional conference organisers have moved to new levels of cooperation since the challenging Auckland lockdown began in August.

Business Events Industry celebrates 25 years of MEETINGS

Tuesday, 08 June 2021 22:29

Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA) hosted 500 business event professionals for its 25th-anniversary celebration of MEETINGS at Cordis Auckland last Thursday night.

Hawke's Bay showcases F.A.W.C

Tuesday, 20 April 2021 01:27

Hawkes Bay Tourism brought a taste of Hawke’s Bay’s Food and Wine Classic (FAWC) to Auckland recently.

BEIA member networking event

Monday, 29 March 2021 20:51

Business Events Industry Aotearoa held a informal member networking event last week at the Belini Bar Hilton Auckland. It was a chance for members to get together after a pretty tough start to 2021 and share a drink.

Open day at Sudima Auckland City Hotel

Monday, 22 March 2021 02:04

Sudima Auckland City Hotel welcomed guests to their formal open day held on Thursday 18th March.

Hilton Hosts Guests

Monday, 25 January 2021 20:49

Business event and travel planners, EA’s and PA’s joined hosts from the Hilton Auckland, Hilton Taupo and Doubletree by Hilton in Christchurch for a harbour side lunch at Fish Restaurant, Hilton Auckland. 

Wairakei Resort's Christmas Celebrations

Monday, 07 December 2020 22:13

Wairakei Resort Taupo and Chateau Tongariro Hotel treated clients to the award winning New Zealand chef Ben Bayly’s new Commercial Bay restaurant - Ahi.

Hilton Holds Event To Thank Key Partners.

Monday, 02 November 2020 22:57

Business event planners, PCO's, corporate travel agents and tour operators were hosted to an evening of fine wine, food and entertainment at Hilton Auckland last week. 

Graham departs Hamilton & Waikato Tourism

Sunday, 01 November 2020 22:38

Industry colleagues got together last Thursday evening at Viligrad winery to say farewell to Amanda Graham who has resigned after 5 years at Hamilton & Waikato Tourism.

Hotel Fitzroy Welcomes Guests At Open Day.

Monday, 26 October 2020 22:46

Hotel Fitzroy welcomed event planners, guests and influencers to an evening of cocktails, canapes, conversation and DJ on site late last week.

ChristchurchNZ Convention Bureau networks at Peppers Clearwater Resort

Sunday, 27 September 2020 23:24

ChristchurchNZ Convention Bureau recently hosted a networking function for 60 business partners in the newly refurbished Kaikainui Room at Peppers Clearwater Resort.

25 years worth celebrating

Monday, 14 September 2020 00:33

Celebrations are important at the moment and this was recognised by the team at House of Travel Christchurch City thought when they celebrated managing director David Williams’s 25th anniversary as owner operator of HoT Christchurch City. 

AuSAE networking in Wellington

Friday, 28 August 2020 02:12

AuSAE members got together recently for a networking lunch at the Michael Fowler Centre - Venues Wellington, keeping suitably socially distanced under Level 2 conditions with groups of 4 while dining.  The Hon Todd McClay, member for Rotorua, National party and party spokesperson for Economic Development and Tourism was the guest speaker.

Business Event Planners find Crescendo

Friday, 07 August 2020 02:02

Business event and meeting planners were treated to an evening of ‘Crescendo’ at the Hilton Auckland last night.

Ausae Networking Lunch

Thursday, 23 July 2020 04:01

The Australasian Society of Association Executives ( Ausae ) held a networking Luncheon in the Waitakere Rooms at Aotea Centre recently. 

Online mentoring from Celebrity Speakers

Tuesday, 14 April 2020 21:50

Celebrity Speakers NZ has collaborated with leaders and experts to design Mentor Me - digital mentoring sessions to help businesses survive and hopefully thrive.

Warriors come to Rotorua

Tuesday, 03 March 2020 00:01

Energy Events Centre Rotorua hosted clients on sunny Sunday afternoon at Rotorua International Stadium to watch the New Zealand Warriors take on West Tigers in a pre-season rugby league match.  

AIME opens in style

Tuesday, 18 February 2020 02:48

Sand between their toes

Delegates to AIME hit the beach on Monday night at the event’s opening gala at Port Melbourne Yacht Club, sponsored by the Melbourne Convention Bureau.

Tourism Fiji showcase business events

Monday, 17 February 2020 09:06

Tourism Fiji hosted over 50 key industry buyers last Wednesday at S/O Hotel in Auckland.   

Auckland on show at Ellerslie Event Centre

Wednesday, 27 November 2019 08:26

The Auckland Convention Bureau hosted a showcase event at Ellerslie racecourse on Tuesday with 35 Bureau members and over 100 business event organisers in attendance.  A activation session, where clients got to network with suppliers was held before lunch was served in the recently refurbished Tote on Ascot.

Wairakei Resort Taupo & Chateau Tongariro celebrate

Monday, 18 November 2019 05:15

Wairakei Resort Taupo & Chateau Tongariro hosted clients to a early Christmas lunch last Friday at Oyster & Chop on the Viaduct Auckland.

Meet The Pacific - Villa Maria - Auckland October 2019

Wednesday, 23 October 2019 19:21

Conference and incentive specialists and travel professionals gathered at Villa Maria Winery in Auckland this week for the inaugural 'Meet The Pacific' event that included representatives from New Caledonia, Samoa, Tahiti and Vanuatu.

Taupo shares the love in Auckland

Monday, 21 October 2019 20:38

Around 150 clients attended the Love Taupo showcase at Hilton Auckland last Wednesday evening which highlighted venues and services throughout the Taupo region.

Luxury weekends away, exclusive prizes and goodie bags were all up for grabs.

Pasifika at the Races

Monday, 14 October 2019 00:21

Chef's table event at Grand Millennium

Monday, 16 September 2019 02:43

Eventing The Future 2019 - Welcome Function - Wellington

Thursday, 08 August 2019 21:30

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Eventing The Future 2019 welcome function was held at Flamingo Joe's, Wellington.  

Travel Company's Big Day Out

Wednesday, 31 July 2019 21:24

Helloworld Travel held its third annual conference at SKYCITY Convention Centre in Auckland over the weekend. 

Mentorship and emerging talent programmes go from strength to strength

Wednesday, 03 July 2019 19:54

Last week was a busy one for Conventions & Incentives New Zealand when it kicked off the fifth year of its Mentoring Programme as well as an expanded Emerging Talent series.

New event player: GPJ opens Auckland office

Wednesday, 26 June 2019 06:46

Experiential agency George P. Johnson (GPJ) has expanded its network with the opening of a dedicated Auckland office.

Endless Possibilities In Singapore

Wednesday, 19 June 2019 23:51

Singapore Tourism Board, together with Hyatt Hotels & Resorts, Destination Asia (Singapore) and Air New Zealand, hosted a group of Kiwi PCOs on a famil to Singapore to experience the latest Singapore MICE products and experiences.

Event organisers party at CINZ MEETINGS 2019 gala farewell

Monday, 03 June 2019 05:35

CINZ Meetings gala guests partied fiesta-style to celebrate MEETINGS’ final outing at SkyCity Convention Centre.
Dubbed ‘Fiestaval in the Sky’, event management and design by Total Event brought a high voltage, high energy atmosphere to the MEETINGS 2019 farewell with a spectacle of colour.

Magic Moments at Marriott

Tuesday, 14 May 2019 23:27

Marriott International was out in force at Four Points by Sheraton, Auckland promoting its Bonvoy Events rewards programme and its new Triple Perks offer where meeting organisers can choose three of five perks as a reward.

Showcasing events at iconic Hopetoun Alpha

Sunday, 12 May 2019 23:44

Team Up Events held an interactive showcase at Hopetoun Alpha in Auckland recently, in partnership with Urban Gourmet, The Production & Music Agency, and Exhibition Hire Services NZ.

Aloha Hawaii USA

Thursday, 09 May 2019 01:07

Many New Zealanders set off to Hawai’i last year, but few went beyond O’ahu.

The welcome 19 per cent increase in kiwi arrivals has been attributed to the many great deals that were in the market however, there was no flow-on effect to neighbouring islands which suffered a six per cent decrease in travellers from this market. 

CINZ update attracts all types of animals

Wednesday, 06 March 2019 02:32

Elephants, monkeys, lemurs and business event professionals all gathered together this week for the annual Conventions & Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) update.

CINZ delegates receive royal welcome

Wednesday, 31 October 2018 03:20

A royal welcome from Auckland for the Conventions & Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) 2018 conference this week as punters side-stepped Harry and Meghan to attend a Polynesian-themed soiree at Lula Inn.

Buzzing around the Beehive

Monday, 01 October 2018 23:51

Discovering the historic venues now available in Parliament and receiving an exclusive invitation from the Speaker of the House were among the highlights of a Business Events Wellington-hosted famil in Wellington last week.

Whoa mumma

Thursday, 05 April 2018 00:12

Auckland Conventions, Venues & Events' Lorena Marshall had a great time hosting some clients at the Mamma Mia musical, which is running for three weeks at Bruce Mason Centre.

Soirée at Spencer on Byron

Wednesday, 14 March 2018 21:55

The Spencer on Byron Hotel in Takapuna, Auckland held a function last night, as the team there looked to thank its clients and partners for their support over the years. 

General manager Greg Remmington said the night was all about the buyers. 

Whoa! its Convene

Tuesday, 13 March 2018 23:53

The inaugural Convene Networking Session took place at The Grounds at Whoa! Studios in Auckland last night.

The event was hosted by Convene Group in conjunction with The Production & Music Agency, Greg Ward and Pavlovich Coachlines.

Let's all go to prison

Wednesday, 21 February 2018 01:42

The opening cocktail function at this year's Asia-Pacific Incentives and Meetings Expo has proved a standout, with hosted buyers treated to an evening at the Old Melbourne Gaol. 

Home to notorious crims including Ned Kelly, the gaol was decked out to provide a truly 'one-of-kind' experience for attendees at this year's event.

Production Music Agency Xmas

Monday, 18 December 2017 21:52

There were some bowls being played at the Point Chev Bowling Club last Wednesday but most people were simply enjoying catching up with good friends at The Production & Music Agency's Christmas do.

Xmas with Heritage

Monday, 11 December 2017 21:30

Christmas wreaths were the order of the day when Heritage Auckland Hotel invited business events practitioners to a Christmas function on the pool deck last week.

General manager Marcus Keenan says 2017 has been a strong year all round, including in the conference, meetings and incentives sectors. And he says 2018 looks like being another strong performance.

Exploring Waikato

Thursday, 07 December 2017 21:55

The Hamilton & Waikato Business Events team hosted 13 guests in the mighty Waikato this past week on their last multi-day famil of the year.

On the agenda for the guests were Claudelands Conference & Exhibition Centre, Hobbiton Movie Set, Waitomo Glowworm Caves, Waikato Tainui College, University of Waikato, Hamilton Airport Venues, Sudima Hotel, SKYCITY Hamilton and more.

Pullman celebrates

Monday, 04 December 2017 21:15

Pullman Auckland saw November away and headed into Christmas with a function for meeting and conference planners, as well as a few travel wholesalers, last week.

In the Nicks of time

Monday, 20 November 2017 22:32

A small group of corporates. incentive operators and professional conference organisers got the VIP treatment from Spark Arena and The Collective last night.

At the launch of Cordis, Auckland

Monday, 13 November 2017 21:43

The meetings, incentive, events and tourism communities turned up in force when Langham, Auckland rebranded as Cordis, Auckland on 1 November.

Racing with cievents

Thursday, 09 November 2017 23:53

Great views of the racetrack, big screen action, a Rio Carnival theme and a range of entertainment were all part of the day when cievents and other Flight CentrCorporatete NZ businesses hosted clients and business partners to Ellerslie racecourse for Melbourne Cup Day.

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Jet Park Celebrates

Monday, 06 November 2017 03:10

Jet Park Hotel and Conference Centre opened up its new outdoor green space function area last week, the final touches on two years of additions. 

'We wanted to showcase the finishing touches from what was started with the conference centre. It's been a massive project pretty much since 2015 with its concept and creation,’ says Kym Klein, marketing and communications coordinator, Jet Park Hotel and Conference Centre.

‘This is kind of the finishing touch. It’s open to regular guests, but opens up more opportunity for our conferencing clients – and there is complimentary WiFi in the area too.’

Networking at CINZ

Wednesday, 25 October 2017 21:38

Attendees to CINZ 2017 convened over morning tea yesterday morning, after a full morning of conferencing. 

Day two of the conference has officially kicked off, and Thursday morning included the CINZ AGM and Board Member Voting take place, followed by a session led by Ziptrek executive director Trent Yeo - Tourism Design: Environment Experience & Exponentials. A second session on Carbon Neutral Conferencing was taken by Niki Bould, sustainability consultant, Ahika. 
Before lunch attendees could take part in workshop sessions, International Conference Insights, led by Deborah Sexton, president and CEO PCMA; Creating and Curating Social Media o Engage Your Customers, led by Vicki Allpress-Hill, director, the Audience; Presentology Skills: 7 Tips for a presentologist, Life after 'death by Powerpoint' , led by John Quinn, Presentologist. 

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Team building out South

Monday, 25 September 2017 23:39

Vector Wero is a whitewater park located in the heart of Manukau City, South Auckland.

The park features two white water rafting courses and 9,000 sqm of water, opening its doors today for a corporate day.

In total, five groups of around 30 people from companies around the South Auckland Region convened at the park to get a taste of the team building activities on offer.