Joining an event association is a great way to create connections and access resources in your local industry. It will open up new development opportunities, help you learn about how to improve your own event, and even source new team members.

However, there are so many to choose from, the chances are you may have been a bit confused about which is the correct one for you.

To help guide your choice and find the best association fit for your company, we’ve sourced the three major New Zealand event industry associations and conferences.

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New Zealand Events Association [NZEA]

NZEA’s vision is to provide leadership and representation to inspire a world class events. They are headed up by a board of industry experts, and regional representatives who are the NZEA’s eyes and ears of your local industry.

They offer seminars and scholarships, have a network of volunteers in the event space, offer education and event guidelines, publish industry news and announcements, and run up-to-the-minute job listings for those wanting to enter the event space.

Membership rates vary from $150 per annum for a sole contractor, to $2,000 per annum for a company larger than 21 staff. With almost 300 members across New Zealand, this is a great place to reach out to fellow event organisers both locally and nationally.

Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia [EEAA]

The EEAA was formed in 1992, and includes businesses across Australia and New Zealand. They offer exclusive professional development, recognition, networking, support and promotional benefits to their community.

Major perks include a central industry event calendar, that has a searchable listing of all events run and hosted by EEAA members. They also have a strong advocacy agenda to influence decision makers in government, business and industry — so you’ll be doing your bit for the event space whilst networking at the same time!

Annual membership fees range from $1,500 (Ruby Membership) to $14,385 (Platinum Membership), depending on the types of services you’re looking for, such as promotion or marketing.

Eventing The Future Conference

Since 2001, Eventing the Future has been recognised as the annual National conference for the events industry in New Zealand. The conference includes the New Zealand Association of Event Professionals annual meeting, and is focused on industry professional development.

Their 2017 programme includes topics such as ‘Event Trends That Will Change Our World’ and ‘Creating Authenticity Through Community Partnerships’. Aside from the featured speakers — all experts in the industry — there are also group discussions and sit down dinners.

The conference goes for two days over August, and is a great opportunity to meet and mingle with fellow industry professionals, whilst catching up on the latest news and innovations.


As an event organiser, you can often feel like a lone wolf. Your fellow organisers are the competition, and the sharing of resources and education is tightly monitored. Joining a local events association takes away some of that stress: a third party is there to provide a safe and exciting space for you to learn, network, and ultimately become a better event organiser.

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