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New Zealand Major Events is located within the Labour, Science and Enterprise Group of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and is funded from an appropriation in the Government’s Economic Development budget.

New Zealand Major Events is:

  • An advisor to government Ministers on the value the New Zealand events industry brings to the economy.
  • A partner with the events sector to attract major events, boost sector capability and leverage benefits arising from events to maximise them for New Zealand.
  • An investor to ensure valuable leverage and legacy outcomes that align with government’s wider objectives are delivered through major events.
  • A one-stop-shop for event organisers to help them navigate their involvement with government.


Specific responsibilities of New Zealand Major Events team include:

  • Advice to the Minister on matters relating to major events.
  • Advice regarding leverage and legacy programmes which deliver measurable results and capitalise on event hosting opportunities.
  • Administration of the Major Events Development Fund and assistance for applicants who meet the criteria, through the contestable, two-stage application process.
  • Collaboration with the event sector to attract, retain or grow major events which complement New Zealand’s image, maximise existing infrastructure and create lasting benefits (economic, social and cultural) that can be shared throughout the country.
  • Government liaison and a single point of contact for event practitioners, assisting with key government contacts and guest of government hosting advice.
  • Secretariat support for the Major Events Investment Panel.
  • Support for sector research, monitoring and measurement.
  • Support for the development of industry database requirements (including event infrastructure, personnel and regional contacts) and a major events calendar.
  • Support for sector capability building; through special projects such the Major Events Resource Bank.
  • Development and monitoring of the National Business Events Strategy.


Last updated 21 May 2018