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 have obtained funding to subsidise the registration costs for financial members down to $80.50 per person. Additionally, we can subsidise the Professional Development sessions to reduce the costs and we will be providing a partial travel subsidy to enable financial members to travel to this year’s conference.

We would love to see you at the full conference but understand that sometimes you can’t take time off; so there will be one topic from each session live-streamed so you can join in.

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
Tradeshow – Tuesday 29th & Wednesday 30th June
Professional Development – Monday 28th June  & Thursday 1st July
Industry Dinner – Tuesday 29th June
ETNZ AGM – Tuesday 29
th June

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Tuesday 29th June Programme

8.45am Registration stand opens.

9.00am Tradeshow opens

10.00am Morning Tea

10.30am Conference opening

11.15am Conference session 1

12.15pm Special session

12.45pm Lunch

1.45pm Conference session 2

2.45pm Conference session 3

3.45pm Afternoon tea

4.00pm Conference session 4

5.30pm Tradeshow closes

5.30pm ETNZ AGM

6.45pm Bus departs for Dinner.

7.00pm Bar opens at the dinner venue.

Wednesday 30th June Programme

8.30am – 9.30am Production Managers Breakfast

9.00am Tradeshow open.

10.00am Morning Tea

11.00am Conference session 5

12.15pm Conference session 6

1.15pm Lunch

2.15pm Conference session 7

3.30pm Conference session 8 / Tradeshow closes

4.30pm Conference wrap up session

6.00pm Wrap-up drinks – At an alternative location

Conference Sessions

Speakers and Panelists will be announced here and on social media channels at a later date.

Conference Opening 10.30am – 11.15am 

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”

Session One 11.15am – 12.15pm

1A*) 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.

1B) 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.

1C) Technicians are not Robots, we deserve breaks too – Panel discussion on how breaks, meals, turnarounds, travel time and sickness impacts our industry schedules. – Cathy Knowsley

Session Two 1.45pm – 2.40pm

2A*) Digital Presentation – Michael Braithewaite – 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.

2B) 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.

2C) Engaging and mentoring interns and work experience students – How to get the best from the experience for both parties.

Session Three 2.45pm – 3.45pm

3A*) Digital Presentation – Brian Smallwood – Brian 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.  

3B) Wireless Spectrum Management – Panel Session with Peter & Susan Twartz of PRM, & Brendan Reid.

3C) “Heads!” – Meeting your legal responsibilities to share your workplace safely.  Overlapping duties explained by Cathy Knowsley.

Session Four 4.00pm – 5.00pm

4A*) Getting into the Industry – Panel Session with Andre Goldsmith, & Kerry Griffiths.

4B) Incorporating Streaming and Zooming in your Shows.

4C) Managing Stress Through Change, Workplace Support Services; A briefing from our Provider – Charlotte Allen

Session Five 11.00am – 12.00pm

5A*) Insights from our Returning Global Industry Practitioners. 

5B) Fall Protection in the Entertainment Industry. – Nick Creech

5C) 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.

Session Six 12.15pm – 1.15pm

6A*) COVID and our Industry. – Vicki Cooksley

6B) Update on Digital Audio Standards and Implementation. – Panel Session with Mark Corbett, Jeff MacKenzie, & Sandy Gunn.

6C) 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.

Session Seven 2.15pm – 3.15pm

7A*) Session information to come.

7B) 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

7C) Technical Education in Schools. – Facilitated by Molloy

Session Eight 3.30pm – 4.15pm

8A*) Setting yourself up as a contractor – What you need to consider including insurance, tax, and documentation.

8B) Current Practices for Networking.

8C) The Advantages and Disadvantages of Painted Backdrops vs LED Backdrops.

The * topics will be live-streamed.

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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.


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

You don’t have to be attending the conference to visit the tradeshow, just sign in when you arrive – it’s FREE to the public!

The TRADESHOW PASSPORT is returning. All conference delegates who manage to visit each tradeshow stand 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, rainbow pack of electrical tape.

Exhibitors include:

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

Conference Industry Dinner

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 dinner. 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

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.


5.30pm Tuesday 29th June 2021

Drama Studio 1 – Te Whaea: National Dance & Drama Centre. 11 Hutchison Rd, Newtown. WELLINGTON

The agenda will be sent out to members and will be available onsite at the conference. 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


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

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.