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New Zealand Government works in partnership with the event sector to support New Zealand’s growing reputation as an
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Volunteering at FIFA U-20 World Cup New Zealand 2015

[image] FIFA U20 World Cup

The FIFA U-20 World Cup New Zealand 2015 (FIFA U-20) is FIFA’s second largest tournament and will be held in New Zealand between 30 May and 20 June 2015. 1,500 volunteers will be required to fill roles from promotions and spectator services to protocol and ticketing as well as team support roles.

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Major Events Fund invests in BMW NZ Golf Open

[image] NZ Open.

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce has announced the Government is investing $700,000 from the Major Events Development Fund into each of the next two BMW New Zealand Open events in 2015 and 2016 in Queenstown.

 

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Government’s $900,000 boost to take WOW international

The World Of WearableArts (WOW) has received a $900,000 [image] Sisters Of Acropolis, Tracey Koole, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland. American Express Open Section, 2003 WOW awards show. Photo credit: World of WearableArt Ltd.investment from Government, through the Major Events Development Fund over the next three years (2014-2016). The investment aims to raise the international profile of the event in New Zealand and achieve international growth by supporting three key initiatives

 

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NZ IceFest 2014

The government, through the Major Events Development Fund has [image] Black Island Stars - Anthony Powell.invested $800,000 in the 2012 and 2014 NZ IceFest. NZ Ice Fest celebrates New Zealand’s relationship with Antarctica and Christchurch’s position as a ‘gateway city’ for Antarctic projects and commerce. The vision of the NZ IceFest is to showcase New Zealand leadership in Antarctic industries and science and offer the ‘next best thing to Antarctica’ to business visitors, recreational visitors and New Zealanders. 

 

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Major events investment benefits NZ – report

The ‘Economic Evaluation Outcomes Meta-evaluation Report’ outlines the results of an approach modelled on a cost-benefit analysis methodology undertaken by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment in 2012.

Eighteen events that received funding between February 2010 and April 2012 were evaluated including the New Zealand International Festival of the Arts 2010, World Rowing Championships 2010, Winter Games 2011, and the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 Auckland stop over. To protect the commercial nature of each event, individual events have not been identified in the report.

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Volunteering at FIFA U-20 World Cup New Zealand 2015
14 October 2014
The FIFA U-20 World Cup New Zealand 2015 (FIFA U-20) is FIFA’s second largest tournament and will be held in New Zealand between 30 May and 20 June 2015. 1,500 volunteers will be required to fill roles from promotions and spectator services to protocol and ticketing as well as team support roles.
Major Events Fund invests in BMW NZ Golf Open
9 October 2014
Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce has announced the Government is investing $700,000 from the Major Events Development Fund into each of the next two BMW New Zealand Open events in 2015 and 2016 in Queenstown.
Government’s $900,000 boost to take WOW international
29 September 2014
The World Of WearableArts (WOW) has received a $900,000 investment from Government, through the Major Events Development Fund over the next three years (2014-2016).
NZ IceFest 2014
29 September 2014
NZ Ice Fest celebrates New Zealand’s relationship with Antarctica and Christchurch’s position as a ‘gateway city’ for Antarctic projects and commerce.
New Zealand Association of Event Professionals Bursary Programme
4 July 2014
The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and the New Zealand Association of Events Professionals are once again offering up to ten Professional Development Bursaries to attend the annual Eventing the Future 2014 (ETF14), to be held in Christchurch from 6-7 August.
The New Zealand Association of Event Professionals (NZAEP) Event Awards
12 June 2014
The NZAEP Awards Dinner, to be held on Wednesday 6 August, coinciding with the Eventing the Future Conference, will be a special night and a must-attend event as we recognise the best and brightest in our industry.
FIFA U-20 Trophy goes on Tour
22 May 2014
The FIFA U-20 World Cup Winner’s Trophy has been on the road for three weeks as it works its way down the country throughout the seven regions which will host matches during the tournament in 2015.
Three Years to go until the World Masters Games 2017
13 May 2014
During an event to mark "three years to go" World Masters Games 2017 Chief Executive Jennah Wootten announced the 10 day event will be held from 21 to 30 April in 2017.
World Veteran Championship (Table Tennis) 2014
13 May 2014
The 17th World Veteran Championship (Table Tennis) will take place at the Trusts Arena in Auckland from 12 May – 17 May 2014.
34th America's Cup evaluation reports
27 March 2014
The 34th America’s Cup Regatta delivered a range of business benefits for the New Zealand economy, according to two evaluation reports – an independent evaluation of the Government’s investment in Emirates Team New Zealand and an evaluation of Trade and Enterprise’s leverage programme in San Francisco.

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Coleman recognises Prime Minister’s Sport Scholarships recipients
22 October 2014

Jonathan Coleman | Sport and Recreation

Sport and Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman extends his congratulations to the athletes and sports officials who have been awarded Prime Minister’s Sport Scholarships.

Exercise Barrier shows New Zealand’s readiness for mass arrivals
19 June 2012

Nathan Guy | Customs

EA major exercise in Auckland today has shown New Zealand’s preparedness for dealing with a mass arrival of asylum seekers by boat, according to Immigration Minister Nathan Guy and Customs Minister Maurice Williamson.

Signing with US will bring further co-operation
2 May 2012

Maurice Williamson | Customs

Today’s signing of a joint statement with the United States signals the start of a two-year work programme to ensure trade and travel with the United States is secure and efficient, Customs Minister Maurice Williamson says.

Government steps up border management work
16 February 2012

David Carter | Customs

The Government’s three border agencies are stepping up work to make trade and travel more efficient through better co-ordination of border services.

NZ biosecurity safeguards firmly in place
4 October 2011

David Carter | Biosecurity

Biosecurity Minister David Carter says Horticulture New Zealand’s claim that New Zealand’s border protection has been significantly reduced because of the Rugby World Cup is rubbish.

Launch of World Veterinary Year
31 January 2011

David Carter | Agriculture

Good evening and bonsoir ladies and gentlemen.