August 24th, 2020
We are absolutely thrilled to finally be able to communicate our plans for the 2020 Excellence in Design Awards Event.
We realise we have been a wee bit quiet on the subject recently and we do apologise for that. It has been a real challenge trying to plan an event around the ever changing landscape we find ourselves in. We have been working hard in the background to create an event that not only celebrates our winners’ successes but also balances the need to ensure attendees safety.
We wanted to confirm that our details were as complete as possible before communicating our plans with you all.
So on that note, the plan for 2020 is to hold the event across five different hubs around the country. This will enable us to have up to 100 attendees at each hub and still manage the event safely under COVID-19 Alert Level 2 guidelines.
At this stage (COVID-19 dependent of course) we are planning to have two hubs at different locations in Auckland, one in Bay of Plenty, one in Wellington and one in Christchurch.
Our Auckland hub locations are still to be confirmed so at this stage we ask you to please register for ‘Auckland’ if that is your intended location. We will be in contact with all registered Auckland attendees once our venues are confirmed to verify the hub you will be attending.
We will do our best to ensure everyone gets to attend their preferred hub.
Each of the hubs will have at least one representative from the NKBA Executive and Award winners can choose to attend the hub that is closest to them.
The date is staying fixed as Friday 18 September, we are holding the event from 4.30pm where everyone can join us to preview all the Awards Entries prior to the commencement of the Awards Event. The Awards proceedings will begin at 5.30pm and finish around 8.30pm. This earlier finish time allows attendees at the different hubs to plan to continue their own celebrations into the evening.
The proceedings will be hosted by an MC and will be recorded and live streamed to each of the hubs so attendees at each hub will be enjoying the event ‘together’, in real-time with the other hubs.
As this is a virtual event we will not have a stage as we have done previously, winners will be announced on the live stream with presentations to the winner being made locally at the hub.
We encourage all awards entrants to join us at the hub closest to their location so we can celebrate with you however if an awards entrant is unable to travel to a hub there are alternative options available. Please be in touch with Suzie or Rachael if you would like to discuss your options.
We are open for registration now and ask that you please register below for the hub you intend to join. Registrations at each venue will be capped and will be confirmed on a first-in, first-served basis so please get your registrations in now!
Once your registration has been received we are unable to change the venue you have opted for. This ensures we can safely manage numbers, contact tracing and also ensures that awards certificates and prizes are in the correct location for the winners. Unfortunately we will not have trophies available for winners on the night however they will be supplied directly to winners after the event.
These plans are based on Government restrictions being at COVID-19 Alert Level 2 across the country. If this is not the case then we may have fewer hubs or, in the worst case, the whole event will be live streamed and a link supplied to registered members to view ‘live’ at home.
We appreciate your patience with us as we have navigated this challenging environment. We are really looking forward to once again celebrating Excellence in Design with the best in the business, albeit a little differently this year.