The Kauri Museum at Matakohe has employed Collective Concepts for the past two years in a marketing role.  During this time Kate and her team have shown they are professional, and above all, have always worked with integrity.  Collective Concepts marketed The Kauri Museum well over the over the Rugby World Cup period and during a depression in tourism in our area that the industry has found difficult especially with a drop in coach figures.  The 26 week programme has been a success showing that although the coach figures are down the numbers in the FIT market – where Collective Concepts have marketed, has been maintained at The Kauri Museum.”  Betty Nelley, Chief Executive Office, The Kauri Museum.


“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).


“In 2011 Collective Concepts was contracted by Whangarei District Council to facilitate the development of the Northland Event Strategy.  This involved the coordination of representatives from four Councils within Northland and various other agencies including Chamber of Commerce, Destination Northland, Te Puni Kokiri and Sport Northland. Despite numerous challenges, Kate and her team at Collective Concepts competently and professionally ensured the smooth progress and timely delivery of the strategy.  Collective Concepts strengths lay in the attention to detail and they are totally trustworthy and have sound business accumen.”  Peter J. Gleeson, Economic Development Manager, Whangarei District Council.


“Collective Concepts have been engaged by New Zealand Chambers of Commerce Northland as their event manager for the Westpac Northland Business Excellence Awards for the last two years.  Kate Claydon and her staff have always performed this role in a professional and highly competent manner.  They have recognised the unique challenges faced with this project and worked in a collaborative manner using their wide range of cross-sector relationships to deliver on time and on budget.”  Tony Collins, Chief Executive Officer, New Zealand Chambers of Commerce Northland.


“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.


“While I was General Manager of the Copthorne Hotel & Resort Bay of Islands, Kate Claydon of Collective Concepts produced the “Clear Skies Conference & Event Innovation in Northland” brochure.  Kate was charged with the concept, sourcing advertisers, production, distribution, third party suppliers and budget of this brochure which was delivered to her high standards.  I have no hesitation in recommending Collective Concepts for any brochure publication.”  David Perks, CEO, Positively Wellington Tourism.