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Sky Stadium named as 2019’s best venue

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Sky Stadium CEO Shane Harmon (left) with other winners from the Wellington region.

News from Sky Stadium
Sky Stadium (Wellington Regional Stadium Trust) has been named ‘Best Venue 2019’ at the NZEA New Zealand Event Awards for hosting Te Matatini ki te Ao and Eminem last year.

The Awards acknowledge the success of sports, arts and culture, community, corporate social responsibility and business events, individuals, venues, sponsors and suppliers.

“The back-to-back weekends of Te Matatini and Eminem were career highlights for our team” says Sky Stadium Chief Executive Shane Harmon.

“The month around Te Matatini and Eminem was one of the busiest periods we’ve experienced. A year of planning went into it”.

“These events cannot be delivered without an exceptional team. It was due to the commitment, hard work and professionalism of our Stadium team, our key suppliers and the 1,500 staff who ensured a top-class delivery of both events”.

“We are very grateful to Te Matatini and TEG Dainty for bringing these magnificent events to Wellington. We also thank the team at WellingtonNZ for their support”.

Te Matatini ki te Ao also won the Best Cultural Event award.

Sky Stadium was also named as a finalist in Best Entertainment Event 2019: Eminem Rapture (held at Sky Stadium in March 2019)

NZEA General Manager Ségolène de Fontenay says she praises the consistently high standard of award entries, with a total of 106 events vying for the judges’ nod across eighteen categories.

“With such high standards, I’d like to congratulate all our finalists and most importantly, those winners who took home an award tonight. I’d also like to thank the industry for the remarkable way in which it has navigated in this most unusual of Covid environments and for the resilience and professionalism New Zealand’s events sector continues to demonstrate,” she says.

Full list of winners.


  1. greenwelly, 29. October 2020, 9:57

    Sky’s sponsorship (and naming rights) didn’t begin until the 1st of January 2020. The Eminem concert in 2019 was held at Westpac Stadium, at least that’s what my ticket said. If it was the venue that won, then simply call it the Wellington Regional Stadium, but to retcon the new sponsorship onto a period it did not apply to is pretty sketchy in my book.

  2. Concerned Wellingtonian, 29. October 2020, 10:57

    Well spotted, greenwelly. An appalling bit of sneakiness by Sky.

    The nominee for the award was actually Westpac Stadium for Te Matatini ki te Ao 2019 and Eminem Rapture 2019 so it’s difficult to see that Sky deserves the credit.