About ETF

Since 2001, Eventing the Future has been recognised as the annual National conference for the industry.  The conference includes the New Zealand Event Association's (NZEA) AGM and is a key vehicle for industry professional development.


In early 2000, a number of recognised and respected event organisers identified the lack of professional training, networking and experience-sharing opportunities for New Zealand industry professionals - for those working in the industry and for students graduating from event management courses.


With funding and support from Christchurch Polytechnic, the first ETF conference was organised by Anne Hindson and Peter Burley and a group of industry colleagues and held in 2001, in Christchurch


Since then, the conference has been held annually at venues throughout the country.  The conference is supported and endorsed by key government agencies and has other local and national supporters including NZ Major Events, Sport NZ, ATEED and CPIT.


The conference continues to be organised by ETF founders Anne Hindson and Peter Burley, with a national advisory group who provide input into the programme content and speakers.


Ideas on topics and speakers, along with offers to present are always welcome from the industry.