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34th America's Cup Evaluation Reports

[image] americas cup report

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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[image] Government invests in Vibram Ultramarathon

Government invests in Vibram Ultramarathon

A $300,000 Government investment will help build the international profile of the Vibram Tarawera Ultramarathon, Associate Tourism Minister Todd McClay announced today.

The race this Saturday is the southern-most global location of the new 10-event Ultra-Trail World Tour series and will showcase 100 kilometres of beautiful lake, forest and geothermal landscapes from Rotorua to Kawerau.

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[image] WOW Inkling.

Govt boost to take WOW international

The World of Wearable Art (WOW) event will receive $900,000 from the Government’s $10 million Major Events Fund to help raise its international profile and grow to the next level, Minister for Economic Development Steven Joyce announced today.

“The WOW spectacle offers a world-class experience that enhances New Zealand’s creative image, offers a different kind of experience for tourists and expands the NZ brand,” Mr Joyce says.

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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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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.
Government invests in Vibram Ultramarathon
14 March 2014
A $300,000 Government investment will help build the international profile of the Vibram Tarawera Ultramarathon, Associate Tourism Minister Todd McClay announced today.
Govt boost to take WOW international
8 November 2013
The World of Wearable Art (WOW) event will receive $900,000 from the Government’s $10 million Major Events Fund to help raise its international profile and grow to the next level, Minister for Economic Development Steven Joyce announced today.
Investment to support Art Deco Weekend
2 October 2013
The Government is investing $530,000 through the Major Events Development Fund to support the 2014 and 2015 Art Deco Weekends in Hawke’s Bay, Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce announced today.
Major Events partners with Audi quattro Winter Games New Zealand to Deliver an Observer Programme
5 September 2013
Observer Programmes are a valuable way for those involved in the event industry to learn from other events during their live operation.
Kiwi ingenuity behind UCI BMX World Championships
23 July 2013
Kiwi innovation plays a starring role in this month’s UCI BMX World Championships in Auckland. The Government, through the Major Events Development Fund, has invested $350,000 to support the delivery and hosting of the event.
Shaun White joins the growing number of stars competing at the Audi quattro Winter Games New Zealand
19 July 2013
Reigning Olympic and world snowboarding legend, Shaun White has confirmed he will compete at next month’s Audi quattro Winter Games New Zealand 2013.
Audi quattro Winter Games New Zealand 2013 Observer Programme
15 July 2013
Positioned as one of the top five winter sports events in the world, 18 event professionals are being given the opportunity to participate in an Audi quattro Winter Games Observer Programme, studying the delivery of a "live" international event in some unique environments.
The Worlds Best descend on New Zealand for the 2013 Audi quattro Winter Games
12 July 2013
The Audi quattro Winter Games NZ takes place from 15-25 August 2013 in the Queenstown Lake District. Major Events Development Fund has invested in the 2009, 2011 and 2013 event.
New NZAEP Bursaries Programme launched
5 July 2013
Ten attendees of New Zealand’s premier events industry conference will be the lucky recipients of the inaugural Professional Development Bursary.

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New East Coast study lays out economic opportunities
23 April 2014

Gerry Brownlee | Economic Development

Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee and Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce today released a study of the East Coast region’s economic potential over the next 30 years.

EU/NZ renewable energy Mission to the Pacific
22 April 2014

Murray McCully | Foreign Affairs

Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully and the European Commissioner for Development Mr Andris Piebalgs depart tomorrow on a renewable energy mission to four Pacific states.

Same old same old economic policy from Labour
17 April 2014

Steven Joyce | Economic Development

Labour’s so called ‘Manufacturing Policy’ once again reheats the same old tired economic policies that would take New Zealand back to the dark days of high inflation, sluggish growth and low-job prospects, Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce says.

$5m investment in Māori-led science & innovation
15 April 2014

Steven Joyce | Māori Affairs

Up to $5 million over two years will be invested in developing the science and innovation potential of Māori people, resources, and knowledge, Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce and Māori Affairs Minister Dr Pita Sharples announced today.

NZTE to attract more regional investment
11 April 2014

Steven Joyce | Economic Development

New Zealand Trade and Enterprise is to establish a new regional investment attraction programme to encourage more international firms to invest in New Zealand’s regional economies, Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce says.

Govt to undertake Northland growth study
10 April 2014

Steven Joyce | Economic Development

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce and Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy today announced a new programme of work commencing in the Northland region to evaluate opportunities to further increase investment, employment and incomes in the region.

Further NZ aid flight to Solomons
10 April 2014

Jonathan Coleman | Defence

Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully and Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman have announced a second New Zealand Defence Force C-130 flight will be made to the Solomon Islands.

$312,500 from major events for women’s hockey final
9 April 2014

Steven Joyce | Economic Development

The Government is investing $312,500 from the Major Events Development Fund to support the hosting of the 2017 Women’s Hockey World League Final in Auckland, Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce says.