NZAEP – Best Community Event

Balloons over Waikato – the Best in NZ! 

The winners have been announced in the NZAEP Event Awards at Shed 6 in Wellington on Wednesday 22nd July, with Balloons over Waikato taking the honours for Best Established Community Event.

Up against tough competition with 26 finalists across 9 categories, all of which bring people and communities together as well as drive domestic and international tourism, the 3 other finalists Balloons over Waikato beat out in the Community category were the Ports of Auckland Round the Bays, Meridian Gardens Magic and the Wanaka A&P Show.

The Judges, of which included CEO of Tourism New Zealand, Kevin Bowler said, “Balloons over Waikato is an amazing event, its looks to have a good growth strategy, with good scale, branding and engagement. The use of Smartrak GPS is extremely clever. The event has a massive crowd engagement of 120,000.”

Event manager Michele Connell says, “The calibre of the other finalists was incredibly high, so for Balloons over Waikato to win makes us all feel very proud and is a huge achievement. It speaks of the quality of everyone involved in this wonderful magical event, the pilots and crew, event staff, our partners and the hundreds of wonderful volunteers who we could not do it without. We are so thrilled to have the Waikato highlighted as having the Best Established Community Event in New Zealand.”

The NZAEP awards celebrate the country’s leading events and event professionals. The judges of 2015 have said, “We were impressed by the quality of this year’s applications and feel the calibre and variety of events that New Zealand event professionals produce every year is phenomenal”.

And Waikato, you have the best! Do not miss Balloons over Waikato 2016 – Wednesday 16th March – Sunday 20th March.


Contact for further comment: 

Michele Connell Managing Director
Classic Events Ph: 07-856-7215