Welcome to Paardekooper and Associates

We are an innovative event management company with over 30 years of experience in the conference and events industry. When you partner with us our team works to deliver more than an event, we work to deliver an unbeatable event experience.

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Overall event management services including developing a comprehensive project plan, key milestones, risk mitigation, and aligning resources and appropriate systems for delivery.


We have an excellent track record in delivering events within budget and maximising your event investment. We obtain the best price possible from all suppliers for your event, our pricing structure is based on our retaining standard industry commissions.


We provide a secure and user-friendly online registration system and we support this by phone or email.  Online registration also provides powerful 24/7 reporting so you are always accessing live and accurate data. 



A smooth programme flow is essential for a successful event. We have developed a wide range of programme formats and are experienced in organising and managing diverse cultural needs. We have worked with a range of presenters, including supporting first time presenters.


We will negotiate and manage contracts on your behalf including; delivering on the day briefings, ensuring attendee dietary needs are met and any event changes are incorporated into delivery. 


On the day you can relax and host event attendees. We will prepare a run sheet for the event which includes all the information needed for successful on the day management. You can be reassured that the support is in place to deliver your conference smoothly and seamlessly. 


Sponsors and exhibitors provide an opportunity to bring your conference objectives to life.  We will work with you to develop realistic and attractive sponsorship packages.  We are experienced at securing sponsorship and meeting sponsors profiling needs at the event.


We support your event marketing to ensure maximum exposure. From setting up email campaigns to designing your event website we have experience to add value to your promotional efforts. 


 We provide a complete online call for abstracts platform for collection and review for conference abstracts, all to your specifications. Our systems provide reporting keeping you in control of your event programme development


Social functions provide valuable networking opportunities for attendees as well as adding some fun and flair to your event. We will work with you to select a great venue, theming and entertainment through to managing guests and budget. 


Event technology is more accessible than ever, and range from live polls, live Q&A technologies through to apps that include gamification. Regardless of your event budget, we can advise and source solutions that complement the delivery and attendee experience. 


We have vast experience in production of event publications and collateral. Publications can include name badges, handbooks through to printed collateral and giveaways for attendees. Our team can support you with the whole process, from drafting content, to design and production.


Over the last year we have:

Choosing ‘who to partner with’ is crucial to the success of your event. The Paardekooper team have a proven history working with government agencies, societies, associations and universities.

Starting from a grass roots company delivering top team style team building activities, Paardekooper and Associates has been built on a backbone of Kiwi ingenuity, transparency and nurturing solid relationships.

Luke Paardekooper started the company in 1987 and was soon joined by Kaye in 1992. Luke and Kaye introduced the world of events to their daughter, Debbie, from a young age and the rest is history!

Through changes and developments over the years, we have consistently delivered events in a range of shapes and sizes - including awards dinners, one day forums through to 4-day multi-stream conferences for 900.

Our team are constantly working to develop and refine our services, ensuring that we deliver excellent event experiences that exceed attendee satisfaction and ultimately, your expectations.  

Our Team

We are customer focused, experienced, resourceful, welcoming and take initiative.

Enjoy our simple, 'no alarms, no surprises' team-based approach.

Luke Paardekooper 

Luke founded the company in 1987 providing team building and company incentive conferences.  Since that time, under Luke's leadership, Paardekooper and Associates has evolved into a highly skilled team of professional conference event organisers.  

Luke is passionate about life and loves tramping, the outdoors and  exploring historical perspectives.


Debbie Paardekooper
Senior Event Manager

Debbie is a senior event manager with an interest in creating modern, environmentally friendly, and fabulously delivered conferences, expos and festivals for clients.  She has worked in the event industry for over 10 years and has been a part of major corporate events since attending her first conference at Millbrook, aged 6 weeks. From day one her goal has been to find out everything there is to know about the industry in order to passionately deliver superb events for her clients. 

When not working events, Debbie enjoys discovering new DIY ideas for her home, throwing clay, spending time with her family and planning her next project.


Rebecca Weeks
Event Manager

Rebecca brings 7 years' experience to her role as an event manager, having worked across a wide variety of events, both corporate and government, from conferences to festivals. She has a passion for working with clients to encourage sustainability, and enjoys keeping abreast of innovation in the event industry. With a strong eye for detail and a cool head in times of challenges, Rebecca’s involvement in events ensures seamless event delivery and proactive event management. 

At home, Rebecca is busy with her family but is a passionate gardener and loves spending time in the outdoors.


Kaye Paardekooper

Kaye joined Paardekooper and Associates in 1991, bringing her skills and experience in project management and leadership to arranging and delivering client events, conferences and team programmes. More recently, Kaye's focus in the company is on governance and contracts.  

Kaye is community focused, serving voluntarily on a number of Boards and Trusts, and she also loves cycling and tramping in the outdoors. 



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Contact Us

Every event is a new chance to innovate and redefine the experience for everyone involved.  We welcome the opportunity to discuss how our team can collaborate with yours to develop a unique event experience. 

Our proposals can be tailored to any shape, size and location and come with no obligations. 

We look forward to working with you!

 Our Location

We operate a virtual office but if you need to send us anything please send to:

P O Box 157, Twizel 7944


021 295 1576

0800 AN EVENT / 0274 370 820

Paardekooper and Associates commands an excellent understanding of not only our diverse cultures in Aotearoa New Zealand, but in working with Pasifika. As a Samoan, this was very important as this was the first time we as Pasifika professionals from across the Information Management Sector gained the opportunity to convene the 2019 LIANZA conference.

Judy Taligalu McFall-McCaffery
Pacific Information Managers' Network
 LIANZA Conference 2019

Paardekooper and Associates are the driving force of innovation and inspiration. I believe a major strength with Paardekooper is their shared vision for organising conference or an event that everyone will remember for good reasons. As a convenor, I know I can relax and actually attend the conference, because they are absolutely on the ball. They provide vision and support beyond expectations. 

Dr Averil Coxhead 
School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies
Victoria University of Wellington

Paardekooper and Associates were very professional in their approach and nothing was ever a bother. They had an excellent understanding of the financial aspect including the importance of achieving budget. In fact, the conference returned a greater surplus than budgeted for which was especially pleasing.

Peter Thompson

School Business Managers’ Association 2019

Paardekooper provided a comprehensive and professional service covering every aspect of organising and running a major two-day conference. Every detail was managed efficiently, with nothing missed. The team were exceptionally easy to deal with and very proactive in the lead-up to the Conference, which was extremely well received by delegates.  I highly recommend the team at Paardekooper.

Tim Waldron 
Market and Business Development 
Te Tari Taiwhenua | Department of Internal Affairs

In recent years, we employed the services of Paardekooper and Associates for two significant public conferences. We were very impressed by how both events progressed smoothly and successfully in ways which can only be attributed to the high level of professionalism, commitment and organisation of the Paardekooper team. We have no reservations in recommending them and would welcome the opportunity to work with them again. 

Charles Mabbett
Office of the Privacy Commissioner Te Mana Mātāpono Matatapu

Paardekooper have organised five major international academic conferences on my behalf. All of these conferences were an outstanding success, not least because of the organisational prowess of Paardekooper and Associates. The team are clearly comfortable and familiar with organising large international conferences. The systems that they have in place are exemplary and the team itself are highly personable and unflappable. I would have had absolutely no hesitation in employing them again. 

Professor Stephen May

Te Puna Wānanga Faculty of Education and Social Work 

University of Auckland