Governance framework for events

We have developed guidelines for establishing and implementing an appropriate and effective governance framework.

Understanding governance

Establishing an appropriate and effective governance framework should be your first priority when designing an operating model for the delivery of an event.

Early investment in proper governance structures and processes will result in more effective decision-making, risk management and outcomes.

Understanding the distinction between “governance” and “management and operations” is particularly important in the context of events:

  • governance (the Board) is responsible for determining the organisational purpose, vision, strategy and values — that is, where the organisation is heading and how it will get there
  • management and operations is responsible for undertaking the activities required to achieve the goals and objectives set by the Board.

As investors in the events sector, central government consider it critical that you put in place the most appropriate governance model as early as possible in the planning process.

Best practice guidance and templates

We commissioned an independent major events governance best practice guide. This guide will help you choose the most appropriate governance framework and structure for your event.

New Zealand Major Events Governance Guidelines [PDF, 497 KB]

A mandate to use the guide

It is central government’s expectation that applicants to the Major Events Fund will have read this guide when considering setting up event delivery organisations and structures.

Events receiving investment from the Major Events Fund will be contractually required to show best practice governance disciplines and processes have been, and will continue to be, followed.

Templates and additional guidance

We also commissioned a series of standalone templates and case examples to help you plan or implement governance and management processes. The templates can be used together with the other governance and management reference materials contained in this module.

Governance templates and additional guidelines [PDF, 686 KB]