Major Events Fund recipients

This page has current and past recipients of investment from the Major Events Fund.

Current and past fund recipients

Note: The criteria for government support in major events has changed over time to give greater weight to maximising the long-term economic, cultural and social opportunities arising from hosting major events. A number of events previously awarded funding would no longer meet current criteria.

2025

Event Date Location Investment level
BWF Senior World Championships August Auckland $350,000

2022

Event Date Location Investment level
New Zealand Golf Open March Queenstown $1,800,000 over three years (2020-2022)
The Ocean Race March Auckland $1,500,000
World Surf League Challenger Series March Auckland $1,650,000 over three years (2020-2021)

2021

Event Date Location Investment level
BWF Junior World Championships January Auckland $350,000
XVI WSBC Men’s Softball World Championships 20- 28 February Whangarei $250,000
ICC Women's Cricket World Cup February- March   $2,000,000
Crankworx Festival and Enduro World Series March Rotorua $245,500
World Surf League Challenger Series March Auckland $1,650,000 over three years (2020-2021)
New Zealand Golf Open March Queenstown $1,800,000 over three years (2020-2022)
ICF Junior and U23 Canoe Slalom World Championships April Auckland $269,000
Rugby World Cup September-October   $3,000,000

2020

Event Date Location Investment level
UCI Track Cycling World Cup January Cambridge $380,000 over two iterations (2019 & 2020)
Crankworx Rotorua Mountain Bike Festival March Rotorua $245,500
New Zealand Golf Open March Queenstown $1,800,000 over three years (2020-2022)
World Surf League Challenger Series March Auckland $1,650,000 over three years (2020-2021)
Winter Games New Zealand August Queenstown and Wanaka $1,000,000 over four years (2018-2020)

2019

Event Date Location Investment level
UCI Track Cycling World Cup 18–20 January Cambridge $380,000 over two iterations (2019 & 2020)
World Long Range Rifle Championships January–February Wellington $225,000
Tarawera Ultramarathon & 100 Mile Endurance Run February Bay of Plenty $125,000
Crankworx Rotorua Mountain Bike Festival March Rotorua $375,000
NZ Open March Queenstown $900,000
Winter Games New Zealand TBC Queenstown and Wanaka $1,000,000 over four years (2018-2020)
Tuia - First Encounters 250 November New Zealand - multi-region $3,500,000
49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 World Championships 29 November–8 December Auckland $300,000
Netball Super Club December Nelson $500,000 over two years (2018-2019)

2018

Event Date Location Investment level
Tarawera Ultramarathon & 100 Mile Endurance Run 10–11 February Bay of Plenty $175,000
A Waka Odyssey 23 February–18 March Wellington $400,000
Volvo Ocean Race – Auckland Stopover 24 February–18 March Auckland $3,000,000 over two years (2017-2018)
NZ Open 1–4 March Queenstown $950,000
Crankworx Rotorua Mountain Bike Festival 17–25 March Rotorua $415,000
Golden Oldies 2018 World Sports Festival 31 March–29 April Christchurch $550,000
The Jim Henson Retrospectacle 9–29 April Wellington $350,000
Netball Super Club 19–24 August Nelson $500,000 over two years (2018-2019)
Winter Games New Zealand 24 August–8 September Queenstown and Wanaka $1,000,000
The Pioneer 25-30 November Queenstown $300,000
Terracotta Warriors: Guardians of Immortality 15 December 2018 – 22 April 2019 Wellington $500,000

2017

Event Date Location Investment level
The Pioneer 5–11 February Canterbury and Otago $300,000
The Golden Shears World Shearing and Wool Handling Championships 9–11 February Invercargill $260,000
NZ Open 9–12 March Queenstown $950,000
Crankworx Rotorua Mountain Bike Festival 11 March–2 April Rotorua $465,000
Volvo Ocean Race Auckland Stopover March Auckland $3,000,000 over two years (2017-2018)
The Ultimate Waterman 1–9 April Auckland $400,000
World Masters Games 21–30 April Auckland $11,000,000
New Zealand Lions Series 3 June–8 July New Zealand - multi-region $3,000,000
World Junior Squash Championships 19–29 July Canterbury $110,000
New Zealand Badminton Open 1–6 August Auckland $80,000
Winter Games New Zealand 18–27 August Queenstown Lakes District $1,250,000
NZ Women's Golf Open 28 September–1 October Auckland $1,000,000
Asia Pacific Amateur Golf Championship 23–27 October Wellington $900,000
Rugby League World Cup 27 October–2 December New Zealand - multi-region $1,350,000
New Zealand White Water Invitational November Auckland $200,000
V8 Supercars November Pukekohe, Auckland $2,214,667 over 5 years (2013-2017)
Women’s World League Round 4 (Final) 18–26 November Auckland $312,000
Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge 25 November Taupo $100,000
Mudtopia Festival December Rotorua $600,000

2016

Event Date Location Investment level
The Pioneer 31 January–6 February Canterbury and Otago $500,000
Tarawera Ultramarathon 6 February (TBC) Bay of Plenty $100,000
Crankworx Rotorua Mountain Bike Festival 9–13 March Rotorua $150,000
The Ultimate Waterman 9–20 March Auckland and New Zealand $500,000
NZ Open March Queenstown $700,000
V8 Supercars April (TBC) Pukekohe, Auckland $2,214,667 over 5 years (2013-2017)
World of WearableArt Awards Show 22 September–9 October Wellington $300,000
New Zealand White Water Invitational November Auckland $250,000
Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge 26 November Taupo $110,000
World Bowls Championships 27 November–14 December Christchurch $250,000
Youth Sailing Championships 14–20 December Auckland $500,000

2015

Event Date Location Investment level
Tarawera Ultramarathon 7 February Bay of Plenty $100,000
ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 (Bid Support in 2006) 14 February–29 March New Zealand – multi-region $5,000,000
Art Deco Weekend 19–22 February Hawke’s Bay $225,000
Volvo Ocean Race – Auckland Stopover 27 February–15 March Auckland $1,500,000
NZ Open 12–15 March Queenstown $1,200,000
The Ultimate Waterman 25–29 March Auckland and New Zealand $300,000
Crankworx Rotorua Mountain Bike Festival 9–13 March Rotorua $250,000
ITU World Triathlon Auckland 28–29 March Auckland $150,000
FIFA U20 Men’s World Cup 30 May–20 June New Zealand – multi-region $5,500,000
Winter Games (NZ) 21–30 August Queenstown Lakes District $1,500,000
World of WearableArt Awards Show September–October Wellington $300,000
V8 Supercars 20–22 November Pukekohe, Auckland $2,214,667 over 5 years (2013-2017)
Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge 28 November Taupo $40,000
UCI Track Cycling World Cup 2015 4–6 December Cambridge $250,000

2014

Event Date Location Investment level
Fast5 Netball World Series 2014 8–9 November Auckland $150,000
New Zealand IceFest 2014 27 September–12 October Christchurch $400,000
World of WearableArt Awards Show 25 September–12 October Wellington $300,000
IRB Junior World Championship 2014 2–20 June Auckland $1,450,000
World Veteran Table Tennis Championship 2014 11–17 May Auckland $200,000
V8 Supercars 24–27 April Pukekohe, Auckland $2,214,667 over 5 years (2013-2017)
ITU World Triathlon Auckland 5–6 April Auckland $200,000
Tarawera Ultramarathon 12–16 March Bay of Plenty $100,000
NZ Festival – BBC Proms Production of Dr Who 22–23 February Wellington $150,000
Art Deco Weekend 20–23 February Hawke’s Bay $305,000
Challenge Wanaka Triathlon Festival 2014 18 January Wanaka $82,145

2013

Event Date Location Investment level
World Rafting Championships 12–24 November Rotorua $120,000
Fast5 Netball World Series 2013 8–10 November Auckland $200,000
Winter Games NZ 12–25 August Otago $1,000,000
UCI BMX World Championships 2013 25–28 July Auckland $350,000
ITU World Triathlon Auckland 6–7 April Auckland $300,000
V8 Supercars 12–14 April Pukekohe, Auckland $2,214,667 over 5 years (2013-2017)
ISF Men’s Softball World Championships 2013 1–10 March Auckland $200,000
Auckland Arts Festival 6–24 March Auckland $375,000
PGA Championship of New Zealand 2013 28 February–3 March Queenstown $650,000
Challenge Wanaka Triathlon Festival 2013 21 January Wanaka $103,598

 

2012

Event Date Location Investment level
Fast5 Netball World Series 2012 9–12 November Auckland $250,000
ITU Triathlon World Championships Series Grand Final 2012 18–22 October Auckland $900,000
New Zealand IceFest 2012 14 September–14 October Christchurch $420,500
UCI Junior Track Cycling World Championships 2012 22–26 August Invercargill $75,000
Rally New Zealand 21–28 June Auckland/Northland/Waikato $250,000
PGA Championship of New Zealand 2012 25 March–1 April Queenstown $500,000
Volvo Ocean Race - Auckland Stopover 2012 March Auckland $1,518,000
Golden Shears Shearing & Woolhandling World Championships 24 February–3 March Masterton $200,000
NZ International Arts Festival 2012 14 February–18 March Wellington $328,000
Challenge Wanaka Triathlon Festival 2012 15–21 January Wanaka $153,750
Conference Assistance Programme Annual New Zealand $511,000

2011

Event Date Location Investment level
Optimist World Championships 2011 31 December–10 January 2012 Napier $150,000
FIH Men’s Champions Trophy 3–11 December Auckland $125,000
BMW NZ Golf Open 1–4 December Christchurch $200,000
Rugby World Cup 2011 (feasibility study undertaken 2005) September–October New Zealand $2,444,000
Winter Games New Zealand 2011 13–28 August Otago $750,000
UCI BMX World Championships 2011 (bid support) 22–25 June Auckland $12,500
Auckland Festival 2011 2–20 March Auckland $50,000
ITF Taekwon-Do World Championships 2011 9–13 March Wellington $100,000
IPC Athletics World Championships 2011 15–31 January Christchurch $400,000
Rally NZ (sustainability review) - - $250,000
Christchurch Events Village - Christchurch $655,420
QEII Athletic Warm-up Track for IPC Athletics World Champs 2011 - Christchurch $290,000
Conference Assistance Programme Annual New Zealand $511,000

2010

Event Date Location Investment level
World Rowing Championships 2010 31 October–7 November Cambridge *
Wine Discovery New Zealand 2010 31 October–4 November Christchurch *
FINA Women's Water Polo World Cup 2010 17–22 August Christchurch *
FIS Snowboard and Freestyle Junior World Championships and Snowboard World Cup 2010 19–31 August Wanaka *
Queenstown Winter Festival 2010 28 June–4 July Queenstown *
Rally New Zealand 2010 6–9 May New Zealand *
World Ploughing Championships 2010 15–18 April Methven *
New Zealand International Arts Festival 2010 26 February–21 March Wellington *
Pasifika 2010 8–13 March Auckland *
Pinot Noir 2010 1–4 February Wellington *
International Paralympic Athletics World Championships 2011 (bid) 15–31 January Christchurch *
NZ Golf Open 2010 28–31 January Queenstown *
ISA Quiksilver World Junior Surfing Championships 2010 20–28 January Auckland *
World Veteran Table Tennis Championships 2010 (bid) - Rotorua *
ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup 9–30 January New Zealand *
Conference Assistance Programme Annual New Zealand *

2009

Event Date Location Investment level
NZ Participation to Venice Biennale 2009 3 June–1 December Venice, Italy *
Winter Games NZ 2009 21–30 August Otago *
FIBA U19 Basketball Championships 2009 2–12 July Auckland *
NZ Golf Open 2009 13–15 March Queenstown *
NZ Ironman 2009 7 March Taupo *
A1GP 2009 23–25 January Taupo *
Conference Assistance Programme Annual New Zealand *

2008

Event Date Location Investment level
NZ Festival London - Rugby Ball Deployment 2008 18 November–5 December London, UK *
FIFA U17 Women's World Cup 2008 28 October–16 November New Zealand *
Queenstown Winter Festival 2008 27 June–6 July Queenstown *
Aotearoa National Matariki Project 1–30 June New Zealand *
Hamilton V8 Supercars 2008 18–20 April Hamilton *
WOMAD 2008 14–16 March New Plymouth *
New Zealand International Arts Festival 2008 22 February–16 March Wellington *
World Championships Sailing Regatta 2008 10 January–29 March Takapuna *
A1GP 2008 18–20 January Taupo *
World Bowls Championships 2008 12–27 January Christchurch *
World Gliding Championships Bid 2008 21–29 January Omarama, Otago *
Conference Assistance Programme Annual New Zealand *

2007

Event Date Location Investment level
NZ Golf Open 2007 29 November–2 December Queenstown *
Ellerslie Flower Show 2007 14–18 November Auckland *
World Netball Championships 2007 10–17 November Auckland *
Queenstown Winter Festival 2007 22 June–1 July Queenstown *
Auckland Festival 2007 9–24 March Auckland *
Coast to Coast 2007 9–10 February West Coast/Canterbury *
Vodafone X*Air 2007 9–10 February Wellington *
Pinot Noir 2007 29 January–1 February Wellington *
New Zealand Air Games 2007 27–28 January Wanaka *
A1GP 2007 19–21 January Taupo *
Conference Assistance Programme Annual New Zealand *

2006

Event Date Location Investment level
NZ Golf Open 2006 30 November–3 December Auckland *
Rally of New Zealand 2006 16–19 November Waikato *
International Six Day Enduro 2006 14–19 November Taupo *
Ellerslie Flower Show 2006 13–17 November Auckland *
ITU World Triathlon Cup 2006 10–12 November New Plymouth *
UCI World Mountain Bike Championships 2006 22–27 August Rotorua *
Warbirds Over Wanaka 2006 14–19 April Wanaka *
XTERRA 2006 8 April Rotorua *
Auckland Racing Cup Week 2006 4–11 March Auckland *
New Zealand International Arts Festival 2006 24 February–19 March Wellington *
Volvo Ocean Race Wellington Stopover 2006 6–19 February Wellington *
NZPGA Tournament 2006 23–26 February Christchurch *
Conference Assistance Programme Annual New Zealand *

2005

Event Date Location Investment level
Ellerslie Flower Show 2005 16–20 November Auckland *
Adventure World Racing Championships 2005 11–19 November South Island *
ITU World Cup Triathlon 2005 12 November New Plymouth *
Air New Zealand Fashion Week 2005 7–13 October Auckland *
World Mountain Running Trophy 2005 25 September Wellington *
Toi Maori 2005 4–14 August San Francisco, USA *
Rally of NZ 2005 1–4 April Waikato/Auckland/Northland *
NZPGA 2005 1–5 March Christchurch *
NZ Golf Open 2005 10–13 February Auckland *
Auckland Festival 2005 26 February–14 March Auckland *
Coast to Coast 2005 5 February West Coast/Canterbury *
Lions Tour 2005 - New Zealand *
Applaud New Zealand 2005 (feasibility study) - Taranaki/Christchurch *
Conference Assistance Programme Annual New Zealand *

*For investment levels of events that took place before 2011 please contact the team at majorevents@mbie.govt.nz

 

Last reviewed: 28 February 2020