Events and awards

Our industries work hard and play hard. There's always lots happening. Come check out our workshops, awards and industry events. 

Our awards and scholarships

Apprentice of the Year Award

This title goes to a high-potential trainee who has gained skills and qualifications that will help them improve the wellbeing of New Zealanders, through the medium of sport, recreation or performing arts.

Skills Active Exercise Awards

Skills Active supports two awards for the exercise industry. These are presented at the NZ Exercise Industry Awards.

Volunteer Development Scholarship

This scholarship recognises and celebrates the achievements of volunteers who give their time to support the community and help shape the sport, recreation or performing arts.

Small Business Scholarship

This scholarship recognises small and medium businesses that demonstrate a strong commitment to promoting knowledge and skill development for their staff, in order to meet current and future workforce challenges.

Industry events

Performing Arts

Musical Theatre New Zealand National Conference

18 - 20 March 2022 | Blenheim | Find out more

Entertainment Venues Association of New Zealand - Mid Year Conference

11 - 12 May 2022 | Nelson | Find out more 

Entertainment Technology New Zealand Conference and Tradeshow

TBA | Find out more 

Musical Education NZ Aotearoa National Conference

October 2022 | Location TBA | Find out more


Filex Convention

26 - 30 May 2022 | Sydney | Find out more 

Exercise NZ Roadshow

Online | 20 May 2022 | Find out more

Hauora Yoga Conference

TBA | Find out more

Fitex Conference 

TBA | Find out more

Exercise Industry Awards

TBA | Find out more

All industry

Local Government New Zealand Conference and Awards

20 - 22 July 2022 | Palmerston North | Find out more

Taituarā (Society of Local Government Managers) Conference

13 - 14 September | Christchurch | Find out more

Careers and Transition Education (CATE) Conference

23 - 25 November | Christchurch | Find out more

Sport and Recreation

New Zealand Sport and Recreation Awards


Physical Education New Zealand Conference

12 - 14 July 2022 | Rotorua | Find out more

NZ Recreation Conference

16 - 18 February 2022 | Nelson | Find out more

IWG Women in Sport Conference

14 - 17 November 2022 | Auckland| Find out more

Māori Sports Awards

TBA | Auckland | Find out more

Outdoor Recreation


Southern Hemisphere Alpine Conference 

Next conference in 2023 | Find out more

Aotearoa Outdoors Forum 

TBA | Find out more

Recreation Aotearoa Regional Outdoors Hui 

17 February 2022 | Tasman-Marlborough

10 May 2022 | Otago-Southland

8 July 2022 | Christchurch

16 September | Waikato | Find out more



Waves Conference 

22 - 26 August | Palmerston North | Find out more