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.

Māori Sports Scholarship

The Māori Sports Scholarship recognises promising young Māori sportspeople, and provides support for their endeavours in both the sporting and academic realms.

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

19 - 21 March | Napier

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Entertainment Venues Association of New Zealand - Mid Year Conference

16 - 17 June | Auckland

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Entertainment Technology New Zealand Conference and Tradeshow

27 - 30 June | Wellington

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Musical Education NZ Aotearoa National Conference

10 - 13 October | Tauranga

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Filex - Fitness industry convention

29 April - 2 May | Sydney

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Exercise NZ Roadshow

June | Multiple locations

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Hauora Yoga Conference

7 November| Christchurch

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Fitex Conference 

20 - 21 November| Auckland

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Exercise Industry Awards

20 November| Auckland 

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All industry

Local Government New Zealand Conference and Awards

15 - 17 July | Blenheim

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New Zealand Society of Local Government Leaders' Forum

6 May | Wellington

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Careers and Transition Education (CATE) Conference

24 - 26 November | Blenheim

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Sport and Recreation

New Zealand Sport and Recreation Awards


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Physical Education New Zealand Conference

11 - 13 July | Christchurch

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NZ Recreation Conference

17 - 19 November | Marlborough

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Māori Sports Awards

TBA | Auckland

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Outdoor Recreation


Southern Hemisphere Alpine Conference 

25 - 27 May | Wanaka

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Recreation Aotearoa Regional Outdoors Hui 

30 July | Christchurch

17 September | Hamilton

16 November | Blenheim

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Waves Conference 

18 - 20 August | Palmerston North

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Our workshops

Assessor training workshops

We welcome applications for new assessors where there is an identified need from industry. All new assessors need to complete a workshop as part of their training.