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Bidding for major events

The event bid planning, feasibility and preparation stages are critically important.

Securing event rights is increasingly a hotly contested process as traditional host cities and countries, as well as emerging nations, have realised the benefits to be had from hosting major events. There are now many more players in the market.

The level of international competition means that:

  • the bar is constantly being raised for the quality, depth and thoroughness of event bids,
  • event owners are becoming more demanding and more prescriptive in their requirements.


Bidding for hosting rights is an intensive, high-risk and time-consuming business.

This section aims to help event organisers decide whether it is worthwhile going ahead or not.

The New Zealand Major Events team and members of the Investment Panel can assist in the bid planning process and the Major Events Development Fund may be able to assist with feasibility studies and bid support. However for a funding application to be considered it must be accompanied by comprehensive information about the event and its benefits. This requires applicants to work through the bid planning stages in order to provide the level of detail required to support a funding application.

Members of the Investment Panel:

  • Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment
  • Ministry for Culture and Heritage
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • New Zealand Trade and Enterprise
  • Sport New Zealand
  • Tourism New Zealand
  • Two private sector members.


Last updated 3 May 2016