At 27th June, Wellington remained in COVID-19 Alert Level 2 through Tuesday night 29th June.

– The Conference moved ONLINE.

– The Tradeshow was CANCELLED.

– The Professional Development sessions: Risk, Mental Health First Aid, and the Neo training were POSTPONED.

– The AGM moved ONLINE.

– The Conference Dinner and Production Managers Breakfast were CANCELLED.

As you can image we are all greatly disappointed that we couldn’t connect in person, but we are an industry used to making major changes at the last moment. So rather than just bringing you 9 online sessions, we worked hard to offer you 24 sessions virtually.

Those who had registered for conference, keep checking your inboxes for follow-up information.

Access to the sessions online were via the links below.

The ETNZ Executive is proud to invite you to attend the 2021 Conference and Tradeshow. After the devastating effect of COVID-19 on the industry both here and across the world, it is important that we make opportunities for our industry members to reconnect with each other and our suppliers to exchange ideas and knowledge.

ETNZ wants to support as many members as possible to attend conference and are thrilled to announce that we are one of the successful recipients in the first round of Te Tahua Whakakaha Cultural Sector Capability Fund from the Ministry for Culture and Heritage. This funding enables us to deliver the 2021 ETNZ Conference. This amazing news empowers and enables us to continue to find ways to support our membership and the wider industry through the current times.

If COVID Alert Levels increase any where in New Zealand the in-person conference will be cancelled, but the online sessions will still be delivered.

Conference Seminar Sessions – Tuesday 29th June & Wednesday 30th June

ETNZ AGM – Tuesday 29th June

We will be profiling our Tradeshow partners throughout the online Conference.

Tuesday 29th June

Stream A


Passcode (if required): 991491

1030 – 1115 Conference Opening & ESA Presentation

1215 – 1230 Special Session with Minister Carmel Sepuloni

1320 – 1405 Michael Braithwaite

1450 – 1545 Brian Smallwood  Postponed to Wednesday 9am

1615 – 1700 Managing Stress Through Change; Workplace Support Services

Stream B


Passcode (if required): 913923059

1115 – 1215 Tana Douglas

1230 – 1320 Your Show is Being Recorded for Broadcast

1405 – 1450 Rigging Maths for Non-Riggers

1545 – 1615 Getting into the Industry

1700 – 1730 Wireless Spectrum Management

“The Lobby”
Forum Discussion


Meeting ID: 951 7728 0244

Passcode (if required): 682730

Available all day as a networking space – akin to the Plaza at Te Whaea.

1815 – 1900 Informal Chat Room – Join us for a catch-up with a warm beverage after the AGM.

5.30pm ETNZ AGM – virtual attendance only

Wednesday 30th June

Stream A


Passcode (if required): 991491

0900 – 0945 Update on Digital Audio Standards

1030 – 1100 Fall Protection in the Entertainment Industry

1145 – 1215 COVID and our Industry

1315 – 1415 Where’s the Line? Junior and Senior Roles

1500 – 1530 Engaging and Mentoring Interns

1615 – 1700 Painted vs LED Backdrops

1700 – 1715 Conference Wrap-Up Same Time; Moved to “the Lobby”

Stream B


Passcode (if required): 913923059

0900 – 0945 Brian Smallwood

0945 – 1030 Incorporating Streaming & Zooming

1100 – 1145 Returning Global Industry Practitioners

1215 – 1315 Virtual Callboard

1415 – 1500 Story Telling

1530 – 1615 Setting Yourself Up as a Contractor

“The Lobby”
Forum Discussion


Meeting ID: 951 7728 0244

Passcode (if required): 682730

Available all day when there are no active sessions as a networking space – akin to the Plaza at Te Whaea.

0945 – 1030 Apps Technology Forum

1415 – 1500 Technical Education in Schools Forum

1530 – 1615 Current Practices for Networking Panel

1700 – 1715 Conference Wrap-Up

1715 – 1830 Informal Chat Room – Join us for a catch-up with a warm beverage after the Conference.

Conference Sessions

Virtual Sessions Schedule due to COVID-19 Alert Level 2 is above. The below are full session titles and/or descriptions.

Conference Opening

Vicki Cooksley will be opening the conference, followed by a presentation from Jim Digby & Dr. Donald Cooper of Event Safety Alliance:

“Ok, now what? Event Safety in a Post-COVID World”

The global live events industry is facing a slew of new issues as we emerge from our COVID-19 induced shutdown. A patchwork of new safety requirements, travel restrictions, resource limitations, and potential variants will likely change the way we do business for some time to come. Event Safety Alliance President Jim Digby and Executive Director Donald Cooper will discuss the short-term and long-term impact these changes will have on our industry’s safety culture, and what ESA is doing to address these challenges.

Other Sessions – not necessarily taking place in this order; see schedule above.

  • Digital Presentation – Tana DouglasThroughout the music industry, Tana Douglas is acknowledged as rock’n’roll’s first female roadie. Her career spanned 30+ years and has seen her work alongside some of rock’s biggest names and personalities. As the music industry grew to become a worldwide cultural phenomenon, she was there, in the thick of it.
  • Your show is being recorded for broadcast – The things that need to be planned and budgeted for. – Panel session with Simon Garrett, Chris McKenzie, & Rebecca Tansley.
  • Digital Presentation – Michael Braithwaite – Michael is an award-winning creative director, producer, and musician with more than 25 years experience in the industry. Originally from New Zealand, Michael commenced his international career in London as the first Senior Producer for Live Entertainment for the Jim Henson Company. In 2020 he was appointed the first non-military person to direct the 2021 Royal Military Edinburgh Tattoo.
  • Rigging maths for non-riggers – Looking at information around loadings that other departments need to share with the rigging department and venues. – Workshop session with Sam Johnston, Steve Sanders, Chris Browne, & Genevieve Poppe.
  • Engaging and mentoring interns and work experience students – How to get the best from the experience for both parties. – Panel Session including Richard Aindow, Nikkii Flint & Sean Coyle.
  • Digital Presentation – Brian SmallwoodBrian is the author of  “Productivity through wellness for Live Entertainment and Theatre Technicians”. He is also a Production Manager at the School of Theatre & Dance, James Madison University.  
  • Wireless Spectrum Management – Panel Session with Peter & Susan Twartz of PRM, & Brendon Reid.
  • Getting into the Industry – Panel Session with Andre Goldsmith, Kerry Griffiths, & Molloy.
  • Incorporating Streaming and Zooming in your Shows. – Panel Session with Vicki Cooksley, Nate Ormsby, & Jeff MacKenzie.
  • Managing Stress Through Change, Workplace Support Services; A briefing from our Provider – Charlotte Allen
  • Insights from our Returning Global Industry Practitioners. – David Eversfield, Alistair Cameron, & Natalie Braid.
  • Fall Protection in the Entertainment Industry. – Nick Creech
  • Where’s the line? – What defines a junior and senior practitioner and how to develop opportunities for growth. – Panel Session with Nick Tomlin, Paul O’Brien, Andre Goldsmith, & Deb McGuire.
  • COVID and our Industry. – Vicki Cooksley
  • Update on Digital Audio Standards and Implementation. – Panel Session with Mark Corbett, Jeff MacKenzie, & Sandy Gunn.
  • Virtual Callboard – Presentation by Sam Anderson. In this session, you’ll learn digital stage management techniques using an app that stage managers, actors, crew, and all of your creative team can use to communicate and collaborate throughout the creative process.
  • Story telling – Creating visitor experiences and exhibitions. – Marc Simpson
  • Apps TechnologyWho is using what? – Knowledge café style – Come and share your favorite app for rostering, scheduling, equipment tracking, show timings etc. The floor is yours. – Chaired by Natalie Braid
  • Technical Education in Schools. – Facilitated by Molloy
  • Setting yourself up as a contractor – What you need to consider including insurance, tax, and documentation. – Panel Session with Deane Moyle, Jamie Blackburn, & Gareth Denniston of IRD.
  • Current Practices for Networking. – Panel Session including Spencer Earwaker & Eddie Welsh.
  • The Advantages and Disadvantages of Painted Backdrops vs LED Backdrops. – Panel Session including John Verryt & Dave Spark.

The In-Person Conference is no longer taking place.

VENUE – Te Whaea: National Dance & Drama Centre. 11 Hutchison Rd, Newtown. WELLINGTON

Home of Toi Whakaari: The NZ Drama School and The NZ School of Dance.

ETNZ is very appreciative for the support Toi Whakaari gives to ETNZ in hosting the conference in their home again.

Please note: The building and grounds are non-smoking and non-vaping. Parking is available at the venue.


The In-Person Tradeshow is no longer taking place; Exhibitors will be recognised during the Online Conference.

9.00am – 5.30pm Tuesday 29th and 9.00am – 3.30pm Wednesday 30th May

Exhibitors include:

* Aspiring Safety * Fiasco Ltd * Jands NZ * John Herber Ltd * Kenderdine Entertainment Lighting * LS Group * MDR Sound & Lighting * Metro Productions * Scenic Solutions * ShowQuip * Show Technology * Stage Mark Ltd * Theatrelight * ULA Group

The TRADESHOW PASSPORT is returning. All conference delegates will have access to the entry form. Completed entries will go into a draw for prizes being contributed by the exhibitors. So far in the prize bag we have a laptop rucksack, T shirt, Kupo wingnut multispanner, Rainbow pack of electrical tape, a Showcase briefcase.

Conference Industry Dinner is now CANCELLED.

7.30pm Tuesday 29th June –  Queens Wharf Ballroom, Foxglove. 33 Queens Wharf, WELLINGTON

Meet up for a drink prior or join us for the entire buffet dinner. Partners are welcome.

Cost is $ 90.00 per person. Numbers are strictly limited so don’t delay in booking your seat for this dinner.

Presentation of the ETNZ Productions Pins will take place at the Virtual AGM. The pins recognise the number of productions / events members have been involved in. The criteria and application instructions are on the ETNZ Resources page.

Production Managers Breakfast is now CANCELLED.

8.30am – 9.30am Wednesday 30th June at Southern Cross, 39 Abel Smith Street, Te Aro, WELLINGTON

This is an opportunity for Productions Managers to sit down with fellow managers over a breakfast. Numbers are limited. Cost is $28.00.



You must Register in Advance via the link above for the AGM.

We strongly recommend you are running the latest version of Zoom.

5.30pm Tuesday 29th June 2021

The agenda and all other documents can be found here. Any member with a motion to be discussed at the AGM is to make a submission to the Executive for inclusion in the Agenda by the 8th June 2021. Motions can be sent to

Don’t forget to CANCEL your Accommodation bookings.

The conference hotel will be Naumi Studio Hotel 213 – 223 Cuba Street, WELLINGTON

An iconic heritage landmark in the heart of the Cuba St precinct. After an extensive renovation this 116-room property has transformed into visual feast for the senses, enthralling guests with eclectic spaces inspired from seafaring, the literary world and an enduring love.

The Naumi “Zing” rooms are available at a rate of $145.00.

NB: Zest Rooms incur an increased charge. Read more Ts & Cs, including cancellation policy, under the link below.

Professional Development Opportunities currently POSTPONED. More details to come soon.

The following Professional Development sessions are being offered in addition to the conference. If you are interested in attending any of these, we require you to register on the conference registration form here. All sessions are held in the conference venue.

1. Risk management – The “Leatherman” of your H&S toolbox 
1.00pm – 5.00pm Monday 28th June

Cathy Knowsley will run a practical workshop looking at the “whys” and “hows” of health and safety risk management. Learn how to complete a risk assessment on your own favourite hazards, the steps necessary to develop effective risk controls, and the practical application of these for your own event, show, company, or venue.

Cost for ETNZ members subsided rate – $50.00. Non-member rate – $150.00.

2. Neo Console Training 
9.00am – 4.00pm  Thursday 1st July

A masterclass in the Neo console, so attendees must have operator knowledge of either the NEO, or Light Factory, or another lighting console. Conducted by Martin Searancke.

ETNZ members subsided rate – $ zero. Only available to ETNZ members and limited to 12 people.

3. Mental Health First Aid Workshop – St John New Zealand
1.00pm – 5.00pm Monday 28th June

This Mental Health First Aid course will teach you the skills and knowledge to recognise and respond to someone experiencing mental health concerns.

  • Mental disorders as a group are the third-leading cause of health loss for New Zealanders.
  • Ideal training for anyone, including managers, responsible for their staff, those interacting with the public, or simply anyone who wants to improve their knowledge around mental health.
  • This course will help you build your own mental fitness as well as being able to assist others.
  • Please read the full course information before booking.

Cost for ETNZ members subsided rate – $50.00. Non-member rate – $175.00.

Keep an eye on the ETNZ social media & website for additional professional development courses.

Contact Us

Conference Committee Chair:   Ruthe Kenderdine
Ph 027 223 5993

Conference Secretary:   Kathryn Osborne 
Ph 027 2 80 81 80

Tradeshow Production Manager:   Molloy  
Ph 021 773 808

ETNZ Conference Committee:
Kathryn Osborne
, Kellie Dunlop, Molloy, Phil Sargent, Ruthe Kenderdine,
Sam Johnston, Vicki Cooksley, with support from Genevieve Poppe and Craig Wilkinson.