Warbirds Over Wanaka (WOW) International Airshow landed a big national nod of appreciation after dazzling audiences for decades.
The New Zealand Event Association’s (NZEA) 2018 awards listed WOW’s 30th anniversary Easter airshow as a finalist last week in two categories: Best National Event 2018 award and Best Event Professional award.
“New Zealand has some pretty amazing events and we’ve always known that we’re up there with the very best. Our 2018 Airshow was pretty special for a number of reasons and that’s why we decided to enter these awards,” said WOW general manager Ed Taylor. “I’m especially proud of our event manager, Mandy Deans, being named a finalist in the Best Event Professional award category. Mandy has lived and breathed our event for the past ten years and has been integral in helping make the airshow the success it is today.”
NZEA chair Graham Rouse congratulated the Awards’ finalists and said that each one had demonstrated outstanding vision, innovation and results. “This, combined with sustained growth in the volume of awards applications we are receiving year-on-year, is a really positive indication of the strength of the events industry in New Zealand and the positive impact that it has on people, communities and the economy.”
NZEA received a third more entries compared with 2017 and has listed WOW International Airshow amongst four other Best Event Professional finalists and five other Best National Event finalists. Voting on NZ’s favourite event in 2018 will open on February 2019, allowing the public to cast their vote on any finalist to win within their category title. The nine 2018 category winners will be announced at a 2019 NZEA awards dinner on March 26 in Auckland.