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Major Events Fund supports ‘The Pioneer’

[images] The Pioneer.

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce today announced that the Major Events Development Fund (MEDF) will invest up to $1.2 million over three years in a new South Island-based mountain bike stage race called The Pioneer. The inaugural Pioneer event will take place in the Southern Alps at the end of January 2016.

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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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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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Major Events Fund supports ‘The Pioneer’
5 March 2015
Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce today announced that the Major Events Development Fund (MEDF) will invest up to $1.2 million over three years in a new South Island-based mountain bike stage race called The Pioneer. The inaugural Pioneer event will take place in the Southern Alps at the end of January 2016.
Fast5 Netball World Series 2014
6 November 2014
The Government, through the Major Events Development Fund, has invested $600,000 in the Fast5 Netball World Series from 2012 to 2014. Fast5 is a high-scoring and fast-paced version of the traditional netball game played by the world’s top six netballing nations.
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.

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Entries open for PM’s Business Scholarships
26 March 2015

Steven Joyce | Economic Development

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce is encouraging senior managers, executives and business owners who want to expand their international expertise to apply for the 2015 Prime Minister’s Business Scholarships.

NZ boosts cyclone aid to $3.5 million
23 March 2015

Murray McCully | Foreign Affairs

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has announced that New Zealand will contribute a further $1 million to the Cyclone Pam response and will also help transport Fiji disaster response personnel to Vanuatu by RNZAF C-130 Hercules.

Minister acknowledges the passing of Sir Don Rowlands
19 March 2015

Jonathan Coleman | Sport and Recreation

Sport and Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman today acknowledged the passing of rowing legend Sir Don Rowlands.

1600 jobs on offer at Brisbane job fair
13 March 2015

Steven Joyce | Economic Development

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce and Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse have welcomed news that 30 Kiwi employers are travelling to Brisbane to hold on-the-spot interviews for the 1600 jobs that are on offer at this weekend’s job fair.

Strong economic performance in Northland
12 March 2015

Steven Joyce | Economic Development

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce has welcomed the release of the latest regional gross domestic product (GDP) figures, which show the Northland economy grew 7.8 percent in 2014 - the region’s highest annual rate since 2007.

GDP figures show growth in all NZ regions
11 March 2015

Steven Joyce | Economic Development

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce today welcomed the latest regional gross domestic product (GDP) data release, which shows that all regional economies in New Zealand have grown in the last 12 months.

Better by Design celebrates 10 years
10 March 2015

Steven Joyce | Economic Development

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce and Associate Trade Minister Todd McClay today welcomed the opening of the 2015 New Zealand Trade and Enterprise Better by Design CEO Summit.

Major Events Fund supports ‘The Pioneer’
5 March 2015

Steven Joyce | Economic Development

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce today announced that the Major Events Development Fund (MEDF) will invest up to $1.2 million over three years in a new South Island-based mountain bike stage race called The Pioneer.