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
BWF Senior World Championships August Auckland

2022

Event Date Location
New Zealand Golf Open March Queenstown
World Surf League Challenger Series March Auckland

2021

Event Date Location
ICF Junior and U23 Canoe Slalom World Championships April Auckland
XVI WSBC Men’s Softball World Championships 20- 28 February Whangarei
Crankworx Festival and Enduro World Series March Rotorua
The 36th America’s Cup 6-21 March Auckland
World Surf League Challenger Series March Auckland
New Zealand Golf Open March Queenstown

2020

Event Date Location
UCI Track Cycling World Cup January Cambridge
Crankworx Rotorua Mountain Bike Festival March Rotorua
New Zealand Golf Open March Queenstown
World Surf League Challenger Series March Auckland
The 12th World Symposium on Choral Music 11–18 July Auckland
Winter Games New Zealand August Queenstown and Wanaka
BWF Junior World Championships 5-11 October Auckland

2019

Event Date Location
UCI Track Cycling World Cup 18–20 January Cambridge
World Long Range Rifle Championships January–February Wellington
Tarawera Ultramarathon & 100 Mile Endurance Run February Bay of Plenty
Crankworx Rotorua Mountain Bike Festival March Rotorua
NZ Open March Queenstown
Tuia - First Encounters 250 November New Zealand - multi-region
49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 World Championships 29 November–8 December Auckland
Winter Games New Zealand TBC Queenstown and Wanaka

2018

Event Date Location
Tarawera Ultramarathon & 100 Mile Endurance Run 10–11 February Bay of Plenty
A Waka Odyssey 23 February–18 March Wellington
Volvo Ocean Race – Auckland Stopover 24 February–18 March Auckland
NZ Open 1–4 March Queenstown
Crankworx Rotorua Mountain Bike Festival 17–25 March Rotorua
Golden Oldies 2018 World Sports Festival 31 March–29 April Christchurch
The Jim Henson Retrospectacle 9–29 April Wellington
Netball Super Club 19–24 August Nelson
Winter Games New Zealand 24 August–8 September Queenstown and Wanaka
New Zealand White Water Invitational November Auckland
The Pioneer 25-30 November Queenstown
Terracotta Warriors: Guardians of Immortality 15 December 2018 – 22 April 2019 Wellington

2017

Event Date Location
The Pioneer 5–11 February Canterbury and Otago
The Golden Shears World Shearing and Wool Handling Championships 9–11 February Invercargill
NZ Open 9–12 March Queenstown
Crankworx Rotorua Mountain Bike Festival 11 March–2 April Rotorua
The Ultimate Waterman 1–9 April Auckland
World Masters Games 21–30 April Auckland
New Zealand Lions Series 3 June–8 July New Zealand - multi-region
World Junior Squash Championships 19–29 July Canterbury
New Zealand Badminton Open 1–6 August Auckland
Winter Games New Zealand 18–27 August Queenstown Lakes District
NZ Women's Golf Open 28 September–1 October Auckland
Asia Pacific Amateur Golf Championship 23–27 October Wellington
Rugby League World Cup 27 October–2 December New Zealand - multi-region
New Zealand White Water Invitational November Auckland
V8 Supercars November Pukekohe, Auckland
Women’s World League Round 4 (Final) 18–26 November Auckland
Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge 25 November Taupo
Mudtopia Festival December Rotorua

2016

Event Date Location
The Pioneer 31 January–6 February Canterbury and Otago
Tarawera Ultramarathon 6 February (TBC) Bay of Plenty
Crankworx Rotorua Mountain Bike Festival 9–13 March Rotorua
The Ultimate Waterman 9–20 March Auckland and New Zealand
NZ Open March Queenstown
V8 Supercars April (TBC) Pukekohe, Auckland
World of WearableArt Awards Show 22 September–9 October Wellington
New Zealand White Water Invitational November Auckland
Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge 26 November Taupo
World Bowls Championships 27 November–14 December Christchurch
Youth Sailing Championships 14–20 December Auckland

2015

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

2014

Event Date Location
Fast5 Netball World Series 2014 8–9 November Auckland
New Zealand IceFest 2014 27 September–12 October Christchurch
World of WearableArt Awards Show 25 September–12 October Wellington
IRB Junior World Championship 2014 2–20 June Auckland
World Veteran Table Tennis Championship 2014 11–17 May Auckland
V8 Supercars 24–27 April Pukekohe, Auckland
ITU World Triathlon Auckland 5–6 April Auckland
Tarawera Ultramarathon 12–16 March Bay of Plenty
NZ Festival – BBC Proms Production of Dr Who 22–23 February Wellington
Art Deco Weekend 20–23 February Hawke’s Bay
Challenge Wanaka Triathlon Festival 2014 18 January Wanaka

2013

Event Date Location
World Rafting Championships 12–24 November Rotorua
Fast5 Netball World Series 2013 8–10 November Auckland
Winter Games NZ 12–25 August Otago
UCI BMX World Championships 2013 25–28 July Auckland
ITU World Triathlon Auckland 6–7 April Auckland
V8 Supercars 12–14 April Pukekohe, Auckland
ISF Men’s Softball World Championships 2013 1–10 March Auckland
Auckland Arts Festival 6–24 March Auckland
PGA Championship of New Zealand 2013 28 February–3 March Queenstown
Challenge Wanaka Triathlon Festival 2013 21 January Wanaka

 

2012

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

2011

Event Date Location
Optimist World Championships 2011 31 December–10 January 2012 Napier
FIH Men’s Champions Trophy 3–11 December Auckland
BMW NZ Golf Open 1–4 December Christchurch
ITU Triathlon World Cup 19 November Auckland
Rugby World Cup 2011 (feasibility study undertaken 2005) September–October New Zealand
Winter Games New Zealand 2011 13–28 August Otago
UCI BMX World Championships 2011 (bid support) 22–25 June Auckland
Auckland Festival 2011 2–20 March Auckland
ITF Taekwon-Do World Championships 2011 9–13 March Wellington
IPC Athletics World Championships 2011 15–31 January Christchurch
Rally NZ (sustainability review) - -
Christchurch Events Village - Christchurch
QEII Athletic Warm-up Track for IPC Athletics World Champs 2011 - Christchurch
Conference Assistance Programme Annual New Zealand

2010

Event Date Location
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
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
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
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
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
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