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The Government will invest up to $255,000 in the World Long Range Rifle Championships in 2019, with over 440 international participants expected to attend from key tourism and trade markets.
14 March 2017
The Government will invest up to $1.7 million over five years into the mountain biking Crankworx Festival and Enduro World Series in Rotorua, Economic Development Minister Simon Bridges has announced.
8 March 2017
Economic Development Minister Simon Bridges and Sport and Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman have announced a $5.5 million investment into two major golfing events.
27 February 2017
The Government is excited to invest up to $500,000 for the Youth Sailing World Championship 2016.
15 July 2016
Inaugural Scholarship recipient announced
7 July 2016
The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment today announced that $1.5 million will be invested in an annual Rotorua Lakes Council mud festival through the Major Events Development Fund.
27 June 2016
On 2 June 2016, the Government announced that it will invest $900,000 to support the Royal Wellington Golf Club in hosting one of the leading amateur golf tournaments in the world.
2 June 2016
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.
24 May 2016
The promotional ‘Investing in World-Class Events’ brochure and video footage bring to the forefront New Zealand’s identity as a major tourist destination which features a diverse and interesting culture, warm and welcoming people, and the expertise, infrastructure and capability to host major events.
15 April 2016
The Government is investing $260,000 through the Major Events Development Fund in the Golden Shears World Shearing and Wool Handling Championships to be held in Invercargill from 9 - 11 February 2017.
19 February 2016
Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce today announced a Major Events Development Fund (MEDF) investment of $1.2 million in the next three Ultimate Waterman events.
17 December 2015
The Government is investing up to $250,000 through the Major Events Development Fund in the annual Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge, with the 2015 event taking place this Saturday.
27 November 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.
5 March 2015
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.
6 November 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.
14 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.
9 October 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).
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.
29 September 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.
4 July 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.
12 June 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.
22 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.
13 May 2014
The 17th World Veteran Championship (Table Tennis) will take place at the Trusts Arena in Auckland from 12 May – 17 May 2014.
13 May 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.
27 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.
14 March 2014
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.
8 November 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.
2 October 2013
Observer Programmes are a valuable way for those involved in the event industry to learn from other events during their live operation.
5 September 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.
23 July 2013
Shaun White joins the growing number of stars competing at the Audi quattro Winter Games New Zealand
Reigning Olympic and world snowboarding legend, Shaun White has confirmed he will compete at next month’s Audi quattro Winter Games New Zealand 2013.
19 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.
15 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.
12 July 2013
Ten attendees of New Zealand’s premier events industry conference will be the lucky recipients of the inaugural Professional Development Bursary.
5 July 2013
National Volunteer Week 16 – 22 June 2013 celebrates the invaluable contribution of volunteering in New Zealand.
13 June 2013
The return of the V8 Supercars Championship to Pukekohe on 12-14 April 2013 proved an outstanding success both on and off the track.
28 May 2013
March saw Auckland host its sixth biennial arts festival. More than 175,000 people headed to Auckland Arts Festival events over 19 days.
2 May 2013
The New Zealand Major Events website has been improved.
30 April 2013
One of Otago’s biggest sporting occasions, the Challenge Wanaka Triathlon Festival, has benefitted from almost $339,500 in Major Events Development Funding over three years starting from 2012.
22 January 2013
Top athletes at the 2011 Athletics World Championships will be the first to use a new training track at Christchurch's QEII Park Recreation and Sport Centre this month.
10 January 2011
A new website that aims to boost the capability and capacity of the events sector and make it easier for New Zealanders to get involved with volunteering has just gone live.
20 July 2010
The government has shown its continued support for major events with Economic Development Minister Gerry Brownlee announcing a $900,000 contribution from the Major Events Development Fund to New Zealand's hosting of the 2012 Triathlon ITU World Championships Series grand final.
28 June 2010
Economic Development Minister Gerry Brownlee announced last week that the government will contribute up to $350,000 from the Major Events Development Fund towards the 2013 UCI BMX World Championships.
18 June 2010