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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.

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View the strategy and how we attract, retain, grow and enhance major events to achieve a greater contribution to New Zealand’s growth. 
 

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Access the fund criteria, application deadlines and application information.

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New Zealand promoted as major event destination

[image] Investing in world class eventsNew Zealand will be showcased as a major event destination on the world stage with the launch of new promotional material at the SportAccord Convention in Switzerland.

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Government invests in The Ultimate Waterman for three years

[image] Ultimate Waterman.

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.

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Government invests in iconic Cycle Challenge

[image] Cycle Taupo.

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.

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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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NZ to host major international golf tournament
1 October 2015

Jonathan Coleman | Sport and Recreation

Sport and Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman welcomes today’s announcement that New Zealand will host the 2017 Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship.

Five new projects to receive tourism funding
25 September 2015

John Key | Prime Minister

Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism John Key has announced the Government is investing in five new projects to help grow the tourism sector in New Zealand.

New appointment to NZ Tourism Board
24 September 2015

John Key | Prime Minister

Prime Minister and Tourism Minister John Key has today announced the appointment of Raewyn Idoine to the New Zealand Tourism Board.

Ministers attend NZ-China Partnership Forum
23 September 2015

Steven Joyce | Economic Development

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce and Associate Trade Minister Todd McClay will today join senior business and government representatives at the second New Zealand-China Partnership Forum in Beijing.

Minister welcomes new water safety strategy
22 September 2015

Jonathan Coleman | Sport and Recreation

Sport and Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman has welcomed the launch of the New Zealand Water Safety Sector Strategy 2020.

Joyce to visit China
18 September 2015

Steven Joyce | Economic Development

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce leaves tomorrow for his second visit to China this year, where he will represent the Government at the New Zealand-China Partnership Forum in Beijing.

Minister welcomes NZICC resource consent
18 September 2015

Steven Joyce | Economic Development

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce today welcomed the decision by Auckland  Council to grant a resource consent for the New Zealand International Convention Centre (NZICC).

Govt invests $1.5 million to promote new air service
17 September 2015

John Key | Prime Minister

Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism John Key has today announced the Government will invest $1.5 million to support the promotion of a new air service between Christchurch and China.