Joany Grima

Centre of Learning: Business, Hospitality and Tourism

School: School of Business

Teaching Programme: Bachelor of Applied Management, Graduate Diploma in Applied Management

Research Speciality: Facilitators and barriers influencing waste minimisation practices at festivals in New Zealand.



I managed the Graduate Diploma in Event Management at Wellington Institute of Technology (WelTec) from its introduction in 2010, designing and delivering the qualification to academic and industry standards. From 2016, event management is offered as a major at both Bachelor and Graduate Diploma level, which I continue to deliver. I am an active researcher, exploring issues including volunteer management, community events, and waste minimisation.

I also work as an international project and events manager; staging events in the tertiary, performing arts, government and not-for-profit sectors in seven countries: New Zealand, Australia, Uganda, Trinidad and Tobago, Malta, United Kingdom, and Sri Lanka. Over the past decade, I have come to specialise in managing multi-stakeholder processes, specifically Commonwealth policy change fora.

My skills set is unique, built upon experience gained as a practitioner, educator, researcher, mentor, facilitator, and student. My teaching experience encompasses undergraduate and graduate level students with high completion averages, strong employability outcomes, positive student feedback, and close industry liaison.

I have lived and worked on five continents, and reside in Wellington, New Zealand. In 2017 I completed a six month academic exchange to British Columbia, Canada.


Academic Qualifications

2016 Master of Business Studies (Communication) First Class Honours, Massey University

2014 Postgraduate Diploma in Business and Administration (Communication Management), Massey University

2010 Certificate in Adult Education, Wellington Institute of Technology

2001 Graduate Diploma in Arts Management, University of Technology Sydney

1998 Bachelor of Arts, Television Production, Charles Stuart University


Professional Positions Held

A sample of positions held:

2017-2018: Technical Advisor, Commonwealth Foundation (United Kingdom)

2015: Event Manager, Commonwealth Foundation (Malta)

2013: Event Manager, Commonwealth Foundation (Sri Lanka)

2011: Project Manager, Commonwealth Foundation (Australia)

2009: Project Manager, Commonwealth Foundation (Trinidad & Tobago)

2008: Project Manager, AFS International (New Zealand)

2008: Accreditation Coordinator, FIFA U-17 World Cup (New Zealand)

2008: Events Coordinator, New Zealand Festival

2007: Project Manager, Commonwealth Foundation (Uganda)

2006-2007: Venues Coordinator, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, (Australia)

2005: Venue Manager, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Malta)

2003 – 2005: Events Manager, Massey University (New Zealand)


Professional Distinctions and Memberships

Member of the New Zealand Association of Event Professionals

Member of the International Festivals and Events Association

Member of the Sustainable Business Network, New Zealand

Member of Waste Minimisation New Zealand


Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

Grima, J. (2014). Going “beyond the manual”: The practicum host experience with event management students. Event Management, 18(4), 479-485.

Grima, J. Going “Going beyond Recycling: Minimizing Waste at Festivals in New Zealand”


Refereed Conference Proceedings

Grima, J., & Nicholas, L. (2017). “Rubbish, Rubbish out”: Facilitators and barriers to waste minimization at New Zealand Festivals. 3rd Global Tourism and Hospitality Conference (Ed.), Hong Kong (pp.220-224)

Grima, J. (2013). Employability outcomes of the Graduate Diploma in Event Management programme at a New Zealand tertiary institution. Conference presentation and publication in J. Fountain & K. Moore (Eds.), Tourism and Global Change: On the Edge of Something Big. CAUTHE 2013 Conference Proceedings, 11-14 February (pp. 243-246), Lincoln University, Lincoln, New Zealand.


Other forms of dissemination

Grima, J, & Nicholas, L. (May, 2017). Wasted opportunities. Local Government Magazine, 24-28.

Grima, J, & Nicholas, L. (November, 2017). Love festivals, hate waste. Local Government Magazine, 30-32.

Grima, J., & Nicholas, L. (2016). Waste minimisation practices at New Zealand festivals. Conference presentation, Waste Minimisation NZ Conference, Wellington, New Zealand.

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