In refreshing our premier event, the NZIOB undertook a facilitated workshop, which included practitioners from across the full breadth of the building industry. The improvements and adjustments to the awards programme that we are making, reflect the outcomes of that engagement.
One aspect that shone through, was that the night itself is highly valued as both a celebratory evening, and a significant networking occasion. Those aspects we will amplify, while adding some glamour to the occasion. Examples include:
- Moving the event venue to the Cordis Hotel;
- Red carpet entry with photographer and welcome line;
- Live jazz band providing back-ground music throughout the pre-dinner and dinner sessions;
- Canapés during the pre-drink period; and
- Jackie Clarke as MC.
The legendary NZIOB Awards networking will be enhanced by having a seamless transition between the pre-dinner and dinner spaces (more time for networking), and providing leaners in the pre-dinner area during the formal part of the evening, so that those people who cannot wait for a break in ceremonies to catch-up with a colleague or friend, have a quiet place to go to.