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Page 10 • MICEBTN - March-April 2019 NEw ZEAlAND CINZ opens registrations for Emerging Talent w’shop REGISTRATIONS are now open for the CINZ 2019 Emerging Talent program, a half-day workshop at Rydges Hotel Auck- land, New Zealand on Thursday 27 June. Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) ceo Sue Sullivan said Emerging Talent 2019 is designed to inspire, educate and provide a platform for attendees to learn practical skills and take-aways. “The new workshop-style program came out of our successful trial at the CINZ Conference in Auckland last year, where we added an Emerging Talent stream within the main conference program. “This half-day session received great feedback, with both domestic and international speakers delivering strong, useful and expert content in an inspirational learning space,” she said. “CINZ Emerging Talent is the perfect opportunity for our young professionals to develop their skills in a peer-ori- entated environment, while building their own industry networks.” The CINZ Emerging Talent program is sponsored by Rydges Auckland and AV Media. All those who register will be invited to a private LinkedIn group, designed as a safe space for attendees to ask questions and network before the day. The CINZ 2019 Mentorship Program will run in conjunc- tion with the Emerging Talent Program, starting the day be- fore on Wednesday 26 June at the Heritage Hotel Auckland. “Running these programs concurrently will give those who participate as a mentee, particularly those that come from outside Auckland, the opportunity for an easily-accessible day of education at the Emerging Talent program a day after being paired with their mentors.” Applications for the CINZ Mentorship program, now in its fifth year, will open on Monday 25 March on the CINZ web site. “Our mentors are experienced business event professionals who are paired with mentees ready to expand their careers. Together they grow and learn, gaining individual guidance and advice throughout the six-month program,” she said. The CINZ Mentorship program will run from 26 June until 18 December, with fortnightly contact. A mentor- ing pairs review session will be held in September, and the CINZ Conference in October will give mentors and mentees the chance for another face-to-face meeting. The New Zealand Coaching and Mentoring Centre (NZCMC) is supporting the program with training and consultancy services. New city-wide winter festival for Auckland AUCKLAND, New Zealand is gearing up for a new city- wide winter festival this July, lighting up the longer darker winter nights with illuminations, theatre, food and family activities. The inaugural Elemental AKL is a month-long festival (01 – 31 July) inspired by air, fire, earth and water and destined to cast a new light over the city, also known as Tāmaki Makaurau. Elemental AKL will play out during Matariki – the tra- ditional Māori new year season celebrated when the Matariki / Pleiades star constellation rises in the southern sky. Focused on harvest, food, arts and family, Matariki is increasingly celebrated across New Zealand. More than 40 events taking place in public places, thea- tres, bars, eateries and hotels will transform the city into a creative canvas themed around sensational local cuisine, dazzling lighting installations, entertainment and culture.