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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
Government invests in The Ultimate Waterman for three years
On 9 November 2015, Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce announced that the government, through the Major Events Development Fund, will invest up to $1.2 million in The Ultimate Waterman for three years (2016, 2017 and 2018). The Ultimate Waterman is the search to find the world’s best all-round waterman across various water-disciplines including surfing, stand-up paddle board, waka-ama, water skills and endurance events.
Government invests in iconic Cycle Challenge
The government, through the Major Events Development Fund, is investing up to $250,000 over three years (2015-17) in the iconic Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge. The event has international aspirations and government’s investment is targeted at growing its international reputation and attracting increasing numbers of international visitors to New Zealand.
Major Events Fund supports ‘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.