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Technical services for live performance venues and events

Nau mai, haere mai!

VenueTech is a small team with a big passion for the technical production of live performance events.

We have been providing technical management to Whakatū Nelson venues for nearly a decade and have amazing clients, including the Theatre Royal and Nelson Centre of Musical Arts.

We also provide live sound and audio engineering services to a wide range of events, including Head of Sound duties for the Nelson Arts Festival since 2016.

In all of our work areas, we pride ourselves on having high technical proficiency and low-stress levels. Our core intention is to foster an inclusive, positive and productive culture that enables everyone to perform at their best - whether that be on stage or off.

We also encourage the next generation by offering educational workshops, Internships, and sponsoring tech-focused awards at regional secondary schools.

Feel free to explore our site, and don't hesitate to get in touch if you have questions.

Ngā mihi,

JR Richardson
Director, VenueTech Ltd.

CORE SERVICES

Some of the great people we work with include:

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Here's what some of our customers have to say

"You brought an ease to the process and most importantly, the feedback from the artists and audience alike has been overwhelmingly positive."

~ Tama Waipara, Programme Manager, Auckland Arts Festival

We so appreciated your knowledge, expertise and presence over the week. You helped the rest of us feel confident and free to focus on our various roles which contributed hugely to the success and positivity backstage.

~ Sarah Luton, Nayland College Production

THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING!!

I don't know what we would have done without you, on the night. The sound was great. The best of the tour.

Xan Hamilton, Susy Says -  Estère, Architypes Album Release Tour

Seamless, and nothing appeared to be beyond your expertise which certainly contributed to the overall success of the event.

~ Colleen Marshall, Chairperson Adam Chamber Festival

"My stage monitor sound was amazing, it felt like I was playing on a record."

~ Nathan Haines, Jazz Quartet at Nelson School of Music

"Your intro to lighting design course was a great evening and a very valuable learning experience - one that I hope we can continue in future years"

~ Richard Carruthers, Nelson Youth Theatre Company

"Best sound engineer we ever had!" 

~ Sli Pimentel Pmtel, Mariachi New Zealand

Connect with us

Is your event is moving online?

Venuetech offers audio services and equipment suitable for a wide range of live stream or video applications.

From a single presenter to group performances or panels - and even live music - we are here to help.
Is your event is moving online? Venuetech offers audio services and equipment suitable for a wide range of live stream or video applications. From a single presenter to group performances or panels - and even live music - we are here to help.
2 days ago
View on Instagram |
1/16
When you pack a show out before you had finished packing in.

The move to Red alert signals a halt for most of the live events industry, where 100 attendants isn’t commercially viable or socially responsible.

Our thoughts go out to the cast and crew of @nelsonyouththeatre who were just about to enter technical rehearsals, but have since vacated the theatre. 

These are truly trying times.
Take care, everyone. ❤️
When you pack a show out before you had finished packing in. The move to Red alert signals a halt for most of the live events industry, where 100 attendants isn’t commercially viable or socially responsible. Our thoughts go out to the cast and crew of @nelsonyouththeatre who were just about to enter technical rehearsals, but have since vacated the theatre. These are truly trying times. Take care, everyone. ❤️
6 days ago
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2/16
A lovely evening on the lawn of the @honestlawyer, supporting our pals @thebardenparty with live sound reinforcement.
A lovely evening on the lawn of the @honestlawyer, supporting our pals @thebardenparty with live sound reinforcement.
A lovely evening on the lawn of the @honestlawyer, supporting our pals @thebardenparty with live sound reinforcement.
1 week ago
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3/16
First show of 2022, and the first touring production in @theatreroyalnelson in 5-months.

What a great team to get back into it with. May it continue for however long!

📸 #2 @let.it.go.nz
First show of 2022, and the first touring production in @theatreroyalnelson in 5-months.

What a great team to get back into it with. May it continue for however long!

📸 #2 @let.it.go.nz
First show of 2022, and the first touring production in @theatreroyalnelson in 5-months. What a great team to get back into it with. May it continue for however long! 📸 #2 @let.it.go.nz
1 week ago
View on Instagram |
4/16
BEFORE & AFTER  photos from a performance space maintenance project.

It was a fairly common situation where the knowledge behind the system had moved on, so a refresh was in order.

We're on a mission to bring Whakatū's creative spaces up to spec. If you know of somewhere in need of some TLC, please let them know we are here to help.
BEFORE & AFTER photos from a performance space maintenance project. It was a fairly common situation where the knowledge behind the system had moved on, so a refresh was in order. We're on a mission to bring Whakatū's creative spaces up to spec. If you know of somewhere in need of some TLC, please let them know we are here to help.
2 weeks ago
View on Instagram |
5/16
Indoors today, providing some extra gear to our good friend and recording engineer, Bob Bickerton.

Today’s project exceeded the capacity of his small (but seriously impressive) studio to record Wayward, a @nelson_college_for_girls band who will feature on an upcoming @playitstrangenz compilation.

Our new SQ6 was at the heart of the operation, providing the pre amps and A/D conversion for 16 tracks that were recorded in multitrack to Logic.

The console also provided routing and processing for the band’s 5 headphone mixes, a talk and listen back, along with comfort reverbs.
Indoors today, providing some extra gear to our good friend and recording engineer, Bob Bickerton. Today’s project exceeded the capacity of his small (but seriously impressive) studio to record Wayward, a @nelson_college_for_girls band who will feature on an upcoming @playitstrangenz compilation. Our new SQ6 was at the heart of the operation, providing the pre amps and A/D conversion for 16 tracks that were recorded in multitrack to Logic. The console also provided routing and processing for the band’s 5 headphone mixes, a talk and listen back, along with comfort reverbs.
2 weeks ago
View on Instagram |
6/16
Is your performance space ready for a busy year of creativity?

VenueTech offers a range of health checks, maintenance, and certification programs for technical systems - honed over a decade of caring for Whakatū's prestigious Theatre Royal and Centre of Musical Arts - to give you peace of mind that your space will perform when it needs to.

Suitable for venues, school/community halls, churches, or any space that contains:
- Stage lighting and control equipment.
- Installed cabling like audio snakes, DMX, or electrical way-lines.
- Sound and AV systems.
- Rigging systems.
- Masking and drapery.

We are passionate about supporting the performing arts with technical support that inspires confidence. 

If your space could benefit from some TLC, but you're unsure of what that might involve, contact us to arrange a free 90-minute on-site consultation and no-obligation quote.

0274616458
jr@venuetech.nz
Is your performance space ready for a busy year of creativity? VenueTech offers a range of health checks, maintenance, and certification programs for technical systems - honed over a decade of caring for Whakatū's prestigious Theatre Royal and Centre of Musical Arts - to give you peace of mind that your space will perform when it needs to. Suitable for venues, school/community halls, churches, or any space that contains: - Stage lighting and control equipment. - Installed cabling like audio snakes, DMX, or electrical way-lines. - Sound and AV systems. - Rigging systems. - Masking and drapery. We are passionate about supporting the performing arts with technical support that inspires confidence. If your space could benefit from some TLC, but you're unsure of what that might involve, contact us to arrange a free 90-minute on-site consultation and no-obligation quote. 0274616458 jr@venuetech.nz
3 weeks ago
View on Instagram |
7/16
What’s the most unusual way to ring in the new year?

How about being featured in @nzhouseandgarden Mag? 

Honestly, this seems crazy.

Continued photo credit to @braden_fastier, who’s snap was what caught their attention.

Thank-you NZ House and Garden, Naomi Larkin in particular.
What’s the most unusual way to ring in the new year?

How about being featured in @nzhouseandgarden Mag? 

Honestly, this seems crazy.

Continued photo credit to @braden_fastier, who’s snap was what caught their attention.

Thank-you NZ House and Garden, Naomi Larkin in particular.
What’s the most unusual way to ring in the new year? How about being featured in @nzhouseandgarden Mag? Honestly, this seems crazy. Continued photo credit to @braden_fastier, who’s snap was what caught their attention. Thank-you NZ House and Garden, Naomi Larkin in particular.
3 weeks ago
View on Instagram |
8/16
We’re off comms until 17th Jan. 

What a year it’s been - Too much to summarize quickly, that’s for sure.

Enjoy some R&R over the coming days, because we’ll be back to in no time!!
We’re off comms until 17th Jan. What a year it’s been - Too much to summarize quickly, that’s for sure. Enjoy some R&R over the coming days, because we’ll be back to in no time!!
1 month ago
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9/16
We're proud to be a Silver Member of ETNZ.

ETNZ supports Aotearoa's Entertainment Technology sector with professional development, advocacy and safety - Which is a kaupapa we want to contribute towards.

The community is an awesome way to connect with other backstage and tech folx from around the motu, who do the kind of stuff we do (and maybe you do too), at varying levels of scale and complexity.

If you're a technical production-type person, you should consider joining too.
It really doesn't matter if you're a seasoned pro or just getting started.
There's a free tier for a monthly digest of what's going on and notifications on any cool events coming up - So what have you got to lose? (Hint: Nothing)

ETNZ : Entertainment Technology NZ 
www.etnz.org
We're proud to be a Silver Member of ETNZ. ETNZ supports Aotearoa's Entertainment Technology sector with professional development, advocacy and safety - Which is a kaupapa we want to contribute towards. The community is an awesome way to connect with other backstage and tech folx from around the motu, who do the kind of stuff we do (and maybe you do too), at varying levels of scale and complexity. If you're a technical production-type person, you should consider joining too. It really doesn't matter if you're a seasoned pro or just getting started. There's a free tier for a monthly digest of what's going on and notifications on any cool events coming up - So what have you got to lose? (Hint: Nothing) ETNZ : Entertainment Technology NZ www.etnz.org
1 month ago
View on Instagram |
10/16
Swipe 👆🏼 to see @theatreroyalnelson looking gorgeous under lights.

Before and after a fresh coat of paint, and some welcome additions to the facade’s lighting design. 

Supporting local with fixtures made right here in Nelson by @switchlightingnz - all hooked up by our good friends at Aotea Electrical.
Swipe 👆🏼 to see @theatreroyalnelson looking gorgeous under lights.

Before and after a fresh coat of paint, and some welcome additions to the facade’s lighting design. 

Supporting local with fixtures made right here in Nelson by @switchlightingnz - all hooked up by our good friends at Aotea Electrical.
Swipe 👆🏼 to see @theatreroyalnelson looking gorgeous under lights. Before and after a fresh coat of paint, and some welcome additions to the facade’s lighting design. Supporting local with fixtures made right here in Nelson by @switchlightingnz - all hooked up by our good friends at Aotea Electrical.
1 month ago
View on Instagram |
11/16
Check out the amazing Nut Cracker set !! 😍😍

All of the backdrops throughout the ballet are actually live projections taken from a camera focused at this wooden box, placed at the front of the stage.

Constructed and operated by artist @lee.woodman, the box it is filled clockwork mechanisms, pulleys and various other gadgetries that he hand built.

Five live scene changes, several a moving elements and even practical lighting effects all play out in miniature, and real time, while simultaneously projected in large scale - before being shut to close out the story.

It’s a item of pure fascination and incredible workmanship.

Take a bow Lee!!
Check out the amazing Nut Cracker set !! 😍😍 All of the backdrops throughout the ballet are actually live projections taken from a camera focused at this wooden box, placed at the front of the stage. Constructed and operated by artist @lee.woodman, the box it is filled clockwork mechanisms, pulleys and various other gadgetries that he hand built. Five live scene changes, several a moving elements and even practical lighting effects all play out in miniature, and real time, while simultaneously projected in large scale - before being shut to close out the story. It’s a item of pure fascination and incredible workmanship. Take a bow Lee!!
1 month ago
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12/16
Nut. Cracked.

Congratulations to all involved with the  2021 season of The Nutcracker. It was real nice to sneak this one across the line before we break for summer.

@primarilydance1
Nut. Cracked.

Congratulations to all involved with the  2021 season of The Nutcracker. It was real nice to sneak this one across the line before we break for summer.

@primarilydance1
Nut. Cracked. Congratulations to all involved with the 2021 season of The Nutcracker. It was real nice to sneak this one across the line before we break for summer. @primarilydance1
1 month ago
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13/16
It’s great (If not a little overwhelming and daunting) to be back behind the faders.

4-months ago, the @theatreroyalnelson closed it’s doors for a lock-down. Tonight, under the new framework, we are able to have a dress rehearsal for @primarilydance1’s The NutCracker.

Fingers crossed we can enjoy a spell of capacity shows… after a summer break, of course!!
It’s great (If not a little overwhelming and daunting) to be back behind the faders. 4-months ago, the @theatreroyalnelson closed it’s doors for a lock-down. Tonight, under the new framework, we are able to have a dress rehearsal for @primarilydance1’s The NutCracker. Fingers crossed we can enjoy a spell of capacity shows… after a summer break, of course!!
1 month ago
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14/16
Check out this great photo which accompanied an article on our preparations for a return to action at @theatreroyalnelson.  Link in Bio

📸 @braden_fastier 

#Theatreroyalnelson #VenueTech #Theatre #backstagephoto #Behindthescenes #Stagelighting #backstage #theatretech #whakatū #NelsonNZ
Check out this great photo which accompanied an article on our preparations for a return to action at @theatreroyalnelson. Link in Bio 📸 @braden_fastier #Theatreroyalnelson #VenueTech #Theatre #backstagephoto #Behindthescenes #Stagelighting #backstage #theatretech #whakatū #NelsonNZ
2 months ago
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15/16
These freshly crimped @sommercable  aerial cables are pure joy, and the perfect new companion for our range of @sennheiser radio microphone systems.

#itsthelittlethings
These freshly crimped @sommercable aerial cables are pure joy, and the perfect new companion for our range of @sennheiser radio microphone systems. #itsthelittlethings
2 months ago
View on Instagram |
16/16
Is your event is moving online?

Venuetech offers audio services and equipment suitable for a wide range of live stream or video applications.

From a single presenter to group performances or panels - and even live music - we are here to help.
Is your event is moving online? Venuetech offers audio services and equipment suitable for a wide range of live stream or video applications. From a single presenter to group performances or panels - and even live music - we are here to help.
2 days ago
View on Instagram |
1/12
When you pack a show out before you had finished packing in.

The move to Red alert signals a halt for most of the live events industry, where 100 attendants isn’t commercially viable or socially responsible.

Our thoughts go out to the cast and crew of @nelsonyouththeatre who were just about to enter technical rehearsals, but have since vacated the theatre. 

These are truly trying times.
Take care, everyone. ❤️
When you pack a show out before you had finished packing in. The move to Red alert signals a halt for most of the live events industry, where 100 attendants isn’t commercially viable or socially responsible. Our thoughts go out to the cast and crew of @nelsonyouththeatre who were just about to enter technical rehearsals, but have since vacated the theatre. These are truly trying times. Take care, everyone. ❤️
6 days ago
View on Instagram |
2/12
A lovely evening on the lawn of the @honestlawyer, supporting our pals @thebardenparty with live sound reinforcement.
A lovely evening on the lawn of the @honestlawyer, supporting our pals @thebardenparty with live sound reinforcement.
A lovely evening on the lawn of the @honestlawyer, supporting our pals @thebardenparty with live sound reinforcement.
1 week ago
View on Instagram |
3/12
First show of 2022, and the first touring production in @theatreroyalnelson in 5-months.

What a great team to get back into it with. May it continue for however long!

📸 #2 @let.it.go.nz
First show of 2022, and the first touring production in @theatreroyalnelson in 5-months.

What a great team to get back into it with. May it continue for however long!

📸 #2 @let.it.go.nz
First show of 2022, and the first touring production in @theatreroyalnelson in 5-months. What a great team to get back into it with. May it continue for however long! 📸 #2 @let.it.go.nz
1 week ago
View on Instagram |
4/12
BEFORE & AFTER  photos from a performance space maintenance project.

It was a fairly common situation where the knowledge behind the system had moved on, so a refresh was in order.

We're on a mission to bring Whakatū's creative spaces up to spec. If you know of somewhere in need of some TLC, please let them know we are here to help.
BEFORE & AFTER photos from a performance space maintenance project. It was a fairly common situation where the knowledge behind the system had moved on, so a refresh was in order. We're on a mission to bring Whakatū's creative spaces up to spec. If you know of somewhere in need of some TLC, please let them know we are here to help.
2 weeks ago
View on Instagram |
5/12
Indoors today, providing some extra gear to our good friend and recording engineer, Bob Bickerton.

Today’s project exceeded the capacity of his small (but seriously impressive) studio to record Wayward, a @nelson_college_for_girls band who will feature on an upcoming @playitstrangenz compilation.

Our new SQ6 was at the heart of the operation, providing the pre amps and A/D conversion for 16 tracks that were recorded in multitrack to Logic.

The console also provided routing and processing for the band’s 5 headphone mixes, a talk and listen back, along with comfort reverbs.
Indoors today, providing some extra gear to our good friend and recording engineer, Bob Bickerton. Today’s project exceeded the capacity of his small (but seriously impressive) studio to record Wayward, a @nelson_college_for_girls band who will feature on an upcoming @playitstrangenz compilation. Our new SQ6 was at the heart of the operation, providing the pre amps and A/D conversion for 16 tracks that were recorded in multitrack to Logic. The console also provided routing and processing for the band’s 5 headphone mixes, a talk and listen back, along with comfort reverbs.
2 weeks ago
View on Instagram |
6/12
Is your performance space ready for a busy year of creativity?

VenueTech offers a range of health checks, maintenance, and certification programs for technical systems - honed over a decade of caring for Whakatū's prestigious Theatre Royal and Centre of Musical Arts - to give you peace of mind that your space will perform when it needs to.

Suitable for venues, school/community halls, churches, or any space that contains:
- Stage lighting and control equipment.
- Installed cabling like audio snakes, DMX, or electrical way-lines.
- Sound and AV systems.
- Rigging systems.
- Masking and drapery.

We are passionate about supporting the performing arts with technical support that inspires confidence. 

If your space could benefit from some TLC, but you're unsure of what that might involve, contact us to arrange a free 90-minute on-site consultation and no-obligation quote.

0274616458
jr@venuetech.nz
Is your performance space ready for a busy year of creativity? VenueTech offers a range of health checks, maintenance, and certification programs for technical systems - honed over a decade of caring for Whakatū's prestigious Theatre Royal and Centre of Musical Arts - to give you peace of mind that your space will perform when it needs to. Suitable for venues, school/community halls, churches, or any space that contains: - Stage lighting and control equipment. - Installed cabling like audio snakes, DMX, or electrical way-lines. - Sound and AV systems. - Rigging systems. - Masking and drapery. We are passionate about supporting the performing arts with technical support that inspires confidence. If your space could benefit from some TLC, but you're unsure of what that might involve, contact us to arrange a free 90-minute on-site consultation and no-obligation quote. 0274616458 jr@venuetech.nz
3 weeks ago
View on Instagram |
7/12
What’s the most unusual way to ring in the new year?

How about being featured in @nzhouseandgarden Mag? 

Honestly, this seems crazy.

Continued photo credit to @braden_fastier, who’s snap was what caught their attention.

Thank-you NZ House and Garden, Naomi Larkin in particular.
What’s the most unusual way to ring in the new year?

How about being featured in @nzhouseandgarden Mag? 

Honestly, this seems crazy.

Continued photo credit to @braden_fastier, who’s snap was what caught their attention.

Thank-you NZ House and Garden, Naomi Larkin in particular.
What’s the most unusual way to ring in the new year? How about being featured in @nzhouseandgarden Mag? Honestly, this seems crazy. Continued photo credit to @braden_fastier, who’s snap was what caught their attention. Thank-you NZ House and Garden, Naomi Larkin in particular.
3 weeks ago
View on Instagram |
8/12
We’re off comms until 17th Jan. 

What a year it’s been - Too much to summarize quickly, that’s for sure.

Enjoy some R&R over the coming days, because we’ll be back to in no time!!
We’re off comms until 17th Jan. What a year it’s been - Too much to summarize quickly, that’s for sure. Enjoy some R&R over the coming days, because we’ll be back to in no time!!
1 month ago
View on Instagram |
9/12
We're proud to be a Silver Member of ETNZ.

ETNZ supports Aotearoa's Entertainment Technology sector with professional development, advocacy and safety - Which is a kaupapa we want to contribute towards.

The community is an awesome way to connect with other backstage and tech folx from around the motu, who do the kind of stuff we do (and maybe you do too), at varying levels of scale and complexity.

If you're a technical production-type person, you should consider joining too.
It really doesn't matter if you're a seasoned pro or just getting started.
There's a free tier for a monthly digest of what's going on and notifications on any cool events coming up - So what have you got to lose? (Hint: Nothing)

ETNZ : Entertainment Technology NZ 
www.etnz.org
We're proud to be a Silver Member of ETNZ. ETNZ supports Aotearoa's Entertainment Technology sector with professional development, advocacy and safety - Which is a kaupapa we want to contribute towards. The community is an awesome way to connect with other backstage and tech folx from around the motu, who do the kind of stuff we do (and maybe you do too), at varying levels of scale and complexity. If you're a technical production-type person, you should consider joining too. It really doesn't matter if you're a seasoned pro or just getting started. There's a free tier for a monthly digest of what's going on and notifications on any cool events coming up - So what have you got to lose? (Hint: Nothing) ETNZ : Entertainment Technology NZ www.etnz.org
1 month ago
View on Instagram |
10/12
Swipe 👆🏼 to see @theatreroyalnelson looking gorgeous under lights.

Before and after a fresh coat of paint, and some welcome additions to the facade’s lighting design. 

Supporting local with fixtures made right here in Nelson by @switchlightingnz - all hooked up by our good friends at Aotea Electrical.
Swipe 👆🏼 to see @theatreroyalnelson looking gorgeous under lights.

Before and after a fresh coat of paint, and some welcome additions to the facade’s lighting design. 

Supporting local with fixtures made right here in Nelson by @switchlightingnz - all hooked up by our good friends at Aotea Electrical.
Swipe 👆🏼 to see @theatreroyalnelson looking gorgeous under lights. Before and after a fresh coat of paint, and some welcome additions to the facade’s lighting design. Supporting local with fixtures made right here in Nelson by @switchlightingnz - all hooked up by our good friends at Aotea Electrical.
1 month ago
View on Instagram |
11/12
Check out the amazing Nut Cracker set !! 😍😍

All of the backdrops throughout the ballet are actually live projections taken from a camera focused at this wooden box, placed at the front of the stage.

Constructed and operated by artist @lee.woodman, the box it is filled clockwork mechanisms, pulleys and various other gadgetries that he hand built.

Five live scene changes, several a moving elements and even practical lighting effects all play out in miniature, and real time, while simultaneously projected in large scale - before being shut to close out the story.

It’s a item of pure fascination and incredible workmanship.

Take a bow Lee!!
Check out the amazing Nut Cracker set !! 😍😍 All of the backdrops throughout the ballet are actually live projections taken from a camera focused at this wooden box, placed at the front of the stage. Constructed and operated by artist @lee.woodman, the box it is filled clockwork mechanisms, pulleys and various other gadgetries that he hand built. Five live scene changes, several a moving elements and even practical lighting effects all play out in miniature, and real time, while simultaneously projected in large scale - before being shut to close out the story. It’s a item of pure fascination and incredible workmanship. Take a bow Lee!!
1 month ago
View on Instagram |
12/12