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New Zealand Government works in partnership with the event sector to support New Zealand’s growing reputation as an
attractive destination for major events of global significance.
View the strategy and how we attract, retain, grow and enhance major events to achieve a greater contribution to New Zealand’s growth.
Major Events news
Volunteering at FIFA U-20 World Cup New Zealand 2015
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
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
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). The investment aims to raise the international profile of the event in New Zealand and achieve international growth by supporting three key initiatives
NZ IceFest 2014
The government, through the Major Events Development Fund has 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.
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.
Download the report