The Major Events Management Act 2007
Provides certain protections for major events of international significance that take place in New Zealand. MEMA seeks to ensure maximum benefits are obtained for New Zealanders, prevent unauthorised commercial exploitation of the major event, and ensure its smooth running.
To benefit from the MEMA protections, an event must be declared to be a ‘major event’ by the Governor-General. The criteria and process for a declaration are set out in the MEMA. They include considerations related to the international significance of the major event (such as international visitation and media coverage) and the benefits it would bring to New Zealand and New Zealanders. To start the process, the event organiser must apply for the event to be declared to be a major event under the Act. If you wish to apply, please contact the Major Events team within the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE).
The Major Events Management Act 2007 (MEMA) provides certain protections for major events of international significance that take place, at least in part, in New Zealand. It prohibits ambush marketing, ticket scalping and pitch invasion at declared major events.
Find out more about past and current events which have been declared under MEMA including FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023.