About Us

Visa Wellington On a Plate (VWOAP) is cooked up for you by the Wellington Culinary Events Trust (WCET). The WCET works with Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency (WREDA) and Avenues Event Management to deliver the Festival and are also responsible for bringing you Beervana and Road to Beervana (RTB). 

Join the Team!

Vacancy: Beervana Manager

We are on the hunt for a new manager for New Zealand’s national beer event, Beervana!

The Wellington Culinary Events Trust (WCET), the organisation that brings your Visa Wellington On a Plate (Visa WOAP), also runs Beervana and the Road to Beervana (RTB) and we are after an event management gun to help us manage this well-established event with precision, energy and enthusiasm.

Reporting to the Chief Executive of the WCET your role will be to manage the full gambit of Beervana including overseeing the event management and logistics contractors, assisting with the coordination of the venue, breweries and international guests. You will work closely with our sponsorship and marketing staff to assist with the coordination of sponsors and partners as well as contribute to our marketing, public relations and digital promotional activities. You will also have great relationships with the craft beer sector in New Zealand so that you can hit the ground running. Basically, you need to be tops. You won’t be camera shy as from time-to-time you will be needed to talk to the media about Beervana and you will work to deliver on Beervana’s obligations to sponsors and external funders. You are not going to be scared to get your hands dirty (i.e. carry boxes) and you will work with the WCET to continue to make Beervana the best damn craft beer celebration in New Zealand. If this sounds like you, contact us. We're keen to speak to you if fit the above AND have:

  • At least four years' experience and a proven track record of success and achievement in an event management position.
  • A demonstrated ability to manage events, to express a vision with enthusiasm and commitment, to inspire confidence and elicit support from stakeholders and colleague
  • Demonstrated ability to create and maintain a close-knit relationship with partners that result in benefits to your organisation
  • Highly developed communication and interpersonal skills, including the ability to liaise with people at all levels in the business sector
  • A comprehensive knowledge of the brewing and culinary industry and the marketing of beer
  • Established relationships in the brewing industry here in New Zealand and internationally, would be advantageous
  • A passion for Wellington and our superb culture of hospitality.

Applications close at MIDNIGHT on Wednesday 13 December 2017. Please email your application to hello@wcet.org.nz, ensuring your relevant event management experience is clearly highlighted.

Download the Job Description: Beervana Manager

The Team


Sarah Meikle

Festival Director - WCET

Sarah loves all things food and wine...she even chooses her holiday destinations based on them.  Sarah has been a core lead in the Festival since the start.

Melanie Walker

Project Manager - Avenues Event Management

Melanie's team came on board in 2011 to manage the logistics of Visa WOAP. She has extensive experience in the food, beverage and hospitality fields, and is a bit of a pinot noir expert.

Leisa Robb

Projects Manager - WCET

Leisa is camp mother looking after all things finance and administration. She's also an ace on the tennis court and one stylish lady


Jenna Do

Festival Marketing Manager - WREDA

Known to always have room for dessert, Jenna manages the Festival’s marketing and the cook behind Facebook,  Twitter and Instagram 


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Rebecca Weeks

Event Manager - Avenues Event Management

James Austin 

Event Coordinator - Avenues Event Management

Geoff Copps

Sector Development Manager - WREDA

Media and PR

Sophie Speer

PR Manager - SPUTNIK

Megan Duffy

Media Famil Manager - WREDA



Visa Wellington On a Plate is dedicated to prudent governance and management. The festival is governed under the guidance of the WCET.

The Trust Board comprises: Grant Maxwell (Chair), Mike Egan, Paula Jackson, Terry Shubkin, James Bennie, David Perks (WREDA Observer) and Sarah Meikle.

Advisory Board and Curating Committee

The Advisory Board provides the festival team with Dine Wellington and Festival Event selection advice and to act as a "sounding board" for future festival developments and improvements. Meetings are coordinated based on the specific requirements of the festival.