About Us

Who We Are

Avenues Event Management boasts over 25 years of excellence in creating memorable and successful conferences and events. 

Founded by Melanie Walker, our dedicated team specialises in managing conferences and events for a diverse range of clients, spanning associations and not-for-profits, government agencies and corporates.  

Our unique approach revolves around a genuine partnership ethos, where your success becomes our success. 

Our conferences range from one-off or annual domestic events to large international events. We are active in assisting with bids to procure international conferences and conventions 

With regards to our other event management offering, beyond conventional event planning, we take on roles as ideators, critical path developers, budget architects, and sponsorship procurers. 

Avenues prides itself on assembling a cadre of experts spanning entertainment, education, design, strategic planning, food and beverage, presentation, and copywriting. 

Whether functioning as sole organisers or seamlessly integrating into steering teams, we assume responsibility for the intricate day-to-day management of events. 

Avenues Event Management ensures that your vision transforms into a seamless and remarkable reality, combining professionalism with a relaxed tone to make every occasion truly extraordinary. 

Our Event Footprint

As a company, we are committed to environmental care and to integrate eco-friendly practices in our client conferences and events.

Our efforts involve reimagining and questioning conventional conference methods and incorporating innovations to reduce carbon footprint for our events. We have worked with such companies as:

Proven Credentials & Accreditations

As an approved Professional Conference Organizer (PCO) with Business Events and Incentives Aotearoa (BEIA), and a member of the New Zealand Association of Event Professionals (NZEA), we have delivered several award-winning events.

Meet The Team

Melanie Walker

Kaitohu Whakahaere | Managing Director | Founder

After graduating from Victoria University, Melanie gained experience in the food/beverage and hospitality field. In 1990, Melanie established Avenues Event Management, recognising that just as an event requires a range of components and contributors, an event management team requires a variety of skills and competencies.

As the strategist of her team, Melanie exhibits strong project management skills, ensuring that the project’s outcome is always kept in mind.

She actively seeks partnerships with her clients and excels as a problem solver.

Since establishing Avenues Event Management, Melanie Walker and the team have organised a wide and varied range of events – international and national conferences, dinners for two thousand, product launches and indoor/outdoor concerts that have catered for up to twenty thousand people.


Chris Evans

Pou Whakahaere | General Manager
027 421 1953

Frankie Stevens

Kaiwhakahaere taiopenga/Whakangahau | Event Production & Entertainment Manager

Charlotte Carr

Kaiwhakahaere Taiopenga Matua | Senior Event Manager
021 484 547

Aimee Fraser

Kaiwhakahaere Pūkete/Kairuruku Kaupapa Matua | Account Manager & Senior Project Coordinator

James Austin

Kaiwhakahaere Taiopenga | Event Manager

Kayleigh Williams

Kaiwhakahaere Taiopenga | Event Manager

Amanda Denholm

Kairuruku Taiopenga Matua | Senior Event Coordinator

Bailey Te Wiata

Kaiwhakahaere Tari/Kairuruku Taiopenga Matua | Office Manager & Senior Event Coordinator

Karen Lum

Kaiwhakahaere Pūtea | Accounts Administrator

Henry Soper

Events Administrator | Kaiwhakahaere Takahanga

Kathy Wincen

Kaihoahoa whakairoiro/ipurangi | Graphic/Web Designer