Christchurch excellence recognised at EVANZ Awards

On Wednesday night at the celebratory Entertainment Venues Association of New Zealand (EVANZ) Awards Dinner, the Isaac Theatre Royal, Christchurch won the Evanz Medium Venue Award, being commended on their perseverance, initiative and tenacity over the past year, and also received the ultimate accolade winning the Ticket Direct Supreme Venue of the Year Award.

This year the Contribution to Industry Award, recognising dedication and success within the industry, went to Neil Cox, Chief Executive of the Isaac Theatre Royal, Christchurch. Over the past 5 years, Neil has made a significant contribution well beyond resurrecting the Isaac Theatre Royal back to world-class standards after the catastrophic earthquake. Soon after Neil has brought the Theatre back to its rightful place as one of the best performing arts centres in the country.

VBase General Manager Darren Burden was also recognised winning the Ticketek Venue Executive of the Year and the Priava Supreme Venue Person of the Year Awards, with VBase also winning the Tompkins Wake Excellence in Customer Service Award.

Out of the nine awards presented on the night, Christchurch’s leading entertainment and hospitality industry venues and respective leaders dominated the 2016 EVANZ Awards demonstrating excellence in innovation, business growth and customer service.

Neil Cox, Chief Executive of the Isaac Theatre Royal said, “after so many accolades and awards for the building itself following the massive rebuild, and then to also win the Champion Canterbury Supreme Business Award in September, this for us is the absolute icing on the cake! Recognition from your own industry peers is just magnificent. The whole ITR team are all so proud and personally I feel so honoured”.

EVANZ is a professional organisation providing leadership and builds excellence for entertainment venues in New Zealand. EVANZ facilitates the collective sharing of information, enhancement of skills and development of best practice in the entertainment venues. 

All entries received show the great wealth of talent and dedication within the events, entertainment and venue industries.

The EVANZ Venue Award Winners for 2016 are:

EVANZ Contribution to Industry Award 
RECIPIENT: Neil Cox, Chief Executive, Isaac Theatre Royal, Christchurch 

Evanz Medium Venue (1001-4999 Seats)
WINNER: Isaac Theatre Royal, Christchurch 

Ticket Direct Supreme Venue Ticket Direct Supreme Venue of the Year Award (highest scoring nomination across the 3 venue awards – large, medium and small)
WINNER: Isaac Theatre Royal, Christchurch 


Tompkins Wake Lawyers Excellence in Customer Service
WINNER: Vbase, Christchurch

Ticketek Venue Executive of the Year
WINNER: Darren Burden, General Manager, Vbase, Christchurch 

Priava Supreme Venue Person of the Year Priava Supreme Venue Person of the Year (highest scoring nomination across the 3 people awards)
WINNER: Darren Burden, General Manager, Vbase, Christchurch

The full list of awards finalists can be viewed here