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Welcome to New Zealand Major Events – Investing in World Class Events

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.


Download free event planning tools and information including checklists, templates, and information about other government support.


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


Access the fund criteria, application deadlines and application information.

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Major Events News - In focus 

Calling all up-and-coming world-class event professionals…

[image] NZAEP awards cocktail night. Apply today for a scholarship to attend the Eventing the Future conference and the New Zealand Event Awards Dinner in Auckland on 3-4 August 2016.

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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.





Government invests in The Ultimate Waterman for three years

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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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29 September 2014