Past events with MEMA protection

This page has information about past events held in New Zealand that were declared “major events” under the Act. It also includes the material that was available for businesses to help them comply with the Major Events Management Act.

Major events in 2017

New Zealand hosted 3 major sporting events in 2017.

  • World Masters Games 2017 in April
  • DHL NZ Lions Series 2017 in June and July
  • Rugby League World Cup 2017 from October to December.

All of these sporting events were declared ‘major events’ under the Major Events Management Act 2007 (the Act).

Below you can read the information we provided to businesses and the public about these events, including how to avoid breaching the Act.

The World Masters Games

The World Masters Games is the world’s largest multi-sport event. World Masters Games 2017 was the first time New Zealand hosted the games, offering a great opportunity to showcase the country to event participants and spectators across the world.

The Games were declared a Major Event under the Major Events Management Act 2007 to protect the rights of the event owner, organiser and sponsors. By protecting the commercial rights of event owners and sponsors, the Act helps to make New Zealand an attractive event host.

Businesses didn’t need to be an official sponsor of this event to benefit from it. There were many different ways for them to get involved, particularly through increased business-as-usual trade.

DHL NZ Lions Series 2017

The DHL NZ Lions Series 2017 saw the British and Irish Lions rugby team play 10 matches against New Zealand opposition, including the All Blacks. The matches were held in 7 host-cities across New Zealand.

Over 20,000 international visitors followed the tour around New Zealand and international broadcast of matches reached over 200 million people. The Series was declared a Major Event under the Major Events Management Act 2007 to protect the rights of the event owner, organiser and sponsors.

Rugby League World Cup 2017

The Rugby League World Cup 2017 was hosted by Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea and involved 14 men’s teams playing 28 matches from 27 October to 2 December 2017.

The Rugby League World Cup 2017 was declared a Major Event under the Major Events Management Act 2007 to protect the rights of the event owner, organiser and sponsors.