Event Management Reviews


“We recently had the pleasure of using Collective Concepts for a staff function for 90 people. As busy business owners using a third party to run this type of event seemed like a great idea. However we didn’t really appreciate how much of a good idea it was until our first meeting with Kate & Steph. They brought to the table helpful and creative ideas to make our vague plan come to life. The final concept was well priced and we were kept on task ensuring the bits we needed to facilitate were actioned. Timeframes and milestones were ticked off and the communication from the team was superb. Our big night went off without a hitch and with no stress at all for my wife and I and the staff were stoked 🙂 Great job guys, you are professional, organised, creative and fun to work with – Many Thanks!”
Justin & Melissa, New World Ravenswood Owners, 1st Year Anniversary Celebration



“We purchased an amazing experience and Kate and her crew put it all together. Leading up to the event Kate was great with communicating everything and keeping me up to date. Her team on the night were incredible and nothing was too hard…. it was very easy to be relaxed and enjoy the evening when they are so professional and make everything proceed with ease. Would highly recommend and use again for events!”
Lyndal & John, Curated in Canterbury Auction Winners from the Westpac Chopper Gala & Charity Auction


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“Kate and the Collective Concepts team were fantastic to work with. We engaged Kate to help us organize our 2019 Business Support Crew Event and our Ambassador Event. Kate had great ideas, nothing was too much trouble and she thought of every detail, no matter how minor, which meant I could focus on our guests. One aspect I love about working with Kate is that she spends time with her clients at the briefing, talks and thinks through every detail. I highly recommend Kate and would not hesitate using Collective Concepts for future events.”
Rose-Marie Schiavuzzi, Relationship Manager, Westpac Rescue Helicopter Trust & NZ Flying Doctor Trust


“Kate, thank you so much for another very successful in home work function. I love the fact that you create such a wonderful atmosphere wherever we chose to hold our functions. It is great to work with someone who is so positive and solutions based when required. I recommend Collective concepts whenever I get the opportunity. Keep up the excellent work.”
Debbie Johnstone, Business Owner, Harcourts Vision


“Kate and the Collective Concepts team were absolute pleasure to work with. We engaged Kate to help us with organising a Christmas event for our clients this year. Kate was fantastic to work with, had great ideas and thought of every detail, no matter how minor, so we could focus on other things. The catering, design and service were so much more than what we expected. I cannot recommend Kate enough, and will definitely be reaching out to her when we run similar events in future.”
Eva Kracmar, MYOB


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“Kate Blundell was asked to manage the VIP area at the recent Jump For Cancer Hagley showjumping event. Kate was brought in at the very last minute and somehow just picked up and ran with it so professionally.  She did an amazing job within a very short time frame, and helped make the vent the huge success it was. We highly recommend Kate and will definitely be using Collective Concepts for our event again next year.”
Lisa Tennekoon, Jump for Cancer Hagley


“Kate and the team at Collective Concepts are outstanding. They planned, styled and managed my son’s 21st. They thought of every last detail. They were at the event to make sure it was a complete success. Simply flawless organisation.”

Donna Baker, Auckland


“We engaged Collective Concepts to manage our recent end of SCIRT celebration. SCIRT was a significant project leading the infrastructure rebuild after the Christchurch earthquakes and hundreds of people played a substantial role to ensure works were completed during its lifetime. We wanted an event that would recognise the achievements of many, and that would fit with the unique SCIRT culture. Kate and her team understood our brief perfectly and delivered an outstanding event. There were certainly some challenges – particularly as we decided to hold the event onsite at our offices – but Kate took it all in her stride and helped us to navigate an easy path to a memorable celebration. Kate’s team were friendly, professional, well organised and well presented and I would have no hesitation using Collective Concepts for future events.”
Sarah McGuinness, People and Culture Specialist, SCIRT


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“We have worked with Kate and her team at Collective Concepts for three years now and they have become integral to our team. They are efficient, reliable, cost effective … and perhaps best of all, they are trusted not only by ourselves but by our partners and our sponsors.”
Rob McEwen, Executive Director, EVolocity.


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“We have been using Collective Concepts for a number of years now, to event manage the Westpac Northland Business Excellence Awards.  There are so many ways that they have exceeded our expectations.  Kate and her team continue to deliver excellent service and an event that is delivered on time and on budget every time.  The methodical and competent approach gives us the confidence that this event – which is very important to us as an organisation and to the wider Northland business community – will run smoothly and be of a high standard.  Collective Concepts remove the risk and reduce the stress that can make such an event a burden rather than a chance to celebrate what is good about the community you support” 

Tony Collins, Chief Executive Officer, New Zealand Chambers of Commerce Northland.


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“The CATE Conference Committee (Careers & Transition and Education NZ Aotearoa) for our national conference in 2012, found Collective Concepts to be a totally reliable, informed and efficient organisation.  They are professional, accessible, have great contacts and useful experience to rely on. Once fully informed of your requirements, Collective Concepts go to work and deliver.”
Debra Miller, on behalf of the CATE 2012 Organising Committee.


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“For two years (October 2009 to October 2011) Collective Concepts was seconded to the role of Regional Coordinator for ‘Northland 2011’, the regional coordination group charged with fulfilling the regional obligations to Rugby New Zealand 2011 (RNZ2011) and the 2011 Rugby World Cup Tournament (RWC2011) hosted in New Zealand September through October 2011.  Over the two years I found Collective Concepts to be well-connected and well-respected within the overall hospitality, toursim and visitor business sectors of Northland; understand and remain competent exponents of the business principles required to pro-actively advance and effectively represent those sectors both regionally and nationally; possess an eye for detail but also the creative edge required to market product and services effectively; and generally be of trustworthy and hard-working can-do character.” 

Stewart McElwain, Project Manager, Enterprise Northland (Regional Economic Development Agency).


“Hi Kate, Just a quick note to say thank you VERY much for the fantastic dinner on Saturday. Many people have said it was the best final night they have ever had on the Bash – that is no small feat!!! Your team did a great job; the students, catering, AV, band and boat – and thanks also for organizing such fabulous weather. It will be hard one to match!

Jodi Preston-Thomas, Events & Fundraising Manager, Variety – The Children’s Charity


“Kate Claydon and her team were contracted by Fullers Great Sights Bay of Islands in September 2009 to assist with a number of launch functions of our new 46m overnight cruise ship Ipipiri.  Collective Concepts managed the official launch of the vessel at Opua Wharf, attended by the Prime Minister and other local dignatories……Kate and her team were able to adapt to our requirements swiftly and effectively.  The event was a huge success, with clear communication and management with all parties involved.” 

Daniel Rode, General Manager – Marketing & Online Sales, InterCity Group (NZ) Limited.

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