We are one of Australasia’s leading technology transfer event companies. Our experienced team delivers innovative, professional & successful events throughout New Zealand and Australia.

Upcoming Events

Past Events

Event Management

Trusted & Experienced. We have organised and run more than 300 events throughout New Zealand, Australia & USA. We have a wide range of conference and exhibition clients and our well deserved reputation spans more than a decade. Our events have included:

  • Conferences
  • Exhibitions
  • Seminars
  • Webinars
  • Meetings
  • Special awards night
  • Workshops
  • Tradeshows
  • Dinners
  • Competitions

Running an event is a complex and time consuming process – there is so much that can go wrong. We are here to make that whole process easy, seamless and stress free for you.

We can cover a range of event management services:

  • Conference planning
  • Full design of speaking programme
  • Event branding and marketing
  • Sponsorship acquisition
  • Event Registrations
  • Speakers, sponsor & delegate management
  • Event execution

We offer a wide range of conference and event management services designed to give you the best possible experience. For a full set of event design and management services, contact CONNEX. We will ensure your event will attract the right delegates, presenters and trade exhibitors to meet and exceed your expectations.

CONNEX professional event organisers are based in both Rotorua and Dunedin, New Zealand. We have a wide range of conference and exhibition clients and our well deserved reputation spans more than 10 years.

CONNEX is a division of Innovatek Limited, an innovative technology and events management company.

Services include (but not limited to):

  • Independent advice on venue selection
  • Venue liaison and coordination
  • Managing event action plans for organising committees
  • Project management and scheduling
  • Helping prepare event budgets, pricing and financial statements
  • Event promotion and advertising
  • Event marketing including online campaigns, brochure design, production and distribution
  • Event website design and management
  • Sponsorship sourcing and exhibition management
  • Management of delegates’ registrations
  • Social programme organisation and coordination
  • Speaker management
  • Proceedings collation, design, printing and distribution
  • ‘Hands-on’ personal and professional event services on the day
  • Post event management to maximise your event’s impact

With our proven knowledge, attention to detail and capability to deliver innovative, customised, professional and successful events throughout Australasia, CONNEX looks forward to hearing from you.

eMedia Services

Through our parent company Innovatek Ltd, we currently publish two independent e-newsletters Friday Offcuts and WoodWeek. Both e-newsletters are read by 10,000 each week and have, for the last 10 years, been leaders in their respective industries for weekly news and current events.

Communication with industry members is a vital element to any organisation and providing a well run e-newsletter is the best way to keep everyone informed on the current happenings within your industry. E-newsletters are also a great way to bring a community together and help spread the knowledge about new technologies to improve their business.

We have been running successful e-newsletters for over five years and are now recognised as the leading weekly e-newsletter in the Australian and New Zealand forestry sectors. Over this time we have developed proprietary technology and processes for the creation and management of e-newsletters. We would love to talk to you further about this.

Association Services

We offer a full range of association management services, including:

  • Office Management
  • Event Planning
  • Meeting management
  • Membership recruitment
  • Marketing
  • Publishing services
  • Technology Support
  • Financial management

We provide experienced, knowledgeable staff to help support and grow your Association. You are welcome to contact us to discuss this further.

We currently manage two industry associations, the Forest Industry Contractors Association (FICA) and the Southern Wood Council.


Peter Hall, Project Leader, SCION

“The speakers & presentations were of a high standard and the networking opportunities excellent. The effort put in to get the speakers organised and their presentations published prior to the conference was much appreciated. The conference staff were very helpful and professional.”

Brian Richardson PhD, Group Manager, New Forests and Forest Science, Scion

“The International Forest Bio-security Conference hosted by Scion was a tremendous success by any measure. Innovatek played a significant part in that success by ensuring the event was run seamlessly and to budget, guests were well looked after, and everything ran according to schedule. Many participants rated this conference as the best or one of the best conferences they had been to.”

Mary Drummond, Marketing and Administration Advisor, Energy for Industry

“We found CONNEX: Event Innovators professionalism, organisation and execution of the Wood Energy Conference consistent with previous involvement over several years. Once again the event was very well orchestrated in every aspect of contact.”

Willie Shaw & Chris Bycoft, Conference Convenors

“On behalf of the 2011 New Zealand Ecological Society conference organising committee, we wish to thank you very much for your excellent work with our annual conference in Rotorua. It was an excellent conference, as reflected in the many positive comments from attendees from throughout NZ and from other countries.”

Rob Mallinson, Managing Director, Living Energy

“I have attended at least seven large conferences organised by Innovatek/CONNEX: Event Innovators in both Australia and New Zealand. All these events have been run in an extremely professional manner. There have been no glitches or detail forgotten – which can make all the difference to the attendee. Their experience seems to ensure that proceedings flow well, allowing a full schedule and value for money for the attendee and the exhibitors. I would have no qualms at all in recommending Innovatek / CONNEX: Event Innovators.”

David Reid, Solutions Development Manager, Energy for Industry

“One of the better conferences I have attended in terms of organisation and balance – fantastic.”

Dr Ruud Kleinpaste, Entomologist (The Bugman)

“I have nothing but praise for the manner in which CONNEX organised and executed this Conference. It was one of the smoothest events I have ever attended and it was done with class and character. The catering was perfectly organised, the timing was impeccable, the venue “dressed” appropriately and with style.”

Warren Grigsby, Scion, Member of 9th PRBBCS 2008 Organisation Committee

“For me personally, the value of CONNEX: Event Innovators came in the last couple of months prior to the conference and the week of the conference. Organising a conference is a thankless task, but with many of the administrative tasks handled by CONNEX: Event Innovators we, as a conference organising committee, found the burden taken off us in the last weeks leading up to the conference.”

Dave Little, Manager, Harvesting & Marketing, Crown Forestry

“Where there has been an opportunity for an evening event, such as a guest/celebrity speaker Innovatek/CONNEX: Event Innovators have staged some very successful evenings, normally over an organised dinner. I personally would recommend CONNEX: Event Innovators to any organisation considering holding a top class conference.”


CONNEX: Event Innovators, a division within Innovatek Ltd, provides a full set of event management and professional conference services for clients throughout Australia and New Zealand. We are delighted to be able to offer our services and expertise to any organisation looking to create the prefect event. Event management is a passion for us and we firmly believe every event should innovate, communicate and motivate.

Over the last decade we have delivered an extensive array of premier conferences, workshops, seminars, managed exhibitions, trade shows and other events throughout New Zealand and Australia.

An essential part of our business over the past 10 years has been running the Forest Industry Engineering Association (FIEA). FIEA are a leader in technology transfer for the forest products sector throughout Australasia.

With offices in Rotorua, Dunedin and Melbourne, we have learnt to be very flexible and have organised over 300 events in both countries – well over 40% of these being held in Australia.

We are also the same team who, under our parent company Innovatek Ltd, have developed a well deserved reputation for providing Association management, event organisation and e-newsletter services to industry for more than 15 years.


Contact Details

  (+64) 7 921 1382
  1800 126 398 (from Australia)

Rotorua Office

CONNEX: Event Innovators
Building X91, Sala Street,
Rotorua 3010, New Zealand

PO Box 1230,
Rotorua 3040, New Zealand

Ph (+64) 7 921 1382

Dunedin Office

CONNEX: Event Innovators
c/o Distinction Dunedin Hotel,
6 Liverpool Street,
Dunedin 9016, New Zealand

PO Box 904,
Dunedin 9054, New Zealand

Ph (+64) 3 470 1902

CONNEX: Event Innovators: A division of Innovatek Ltd

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