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2 Mar 2021   /

Cancellations strike struggling events sector

Event organisers up and down the country have been forced to cancel, postpone or scramble to make changes.


Auckland Lantern Festival cancelled again
1 Mar 2021   /

Auckland Lantern Festival cancelled again

For the second year in a row, one of the city’s flagship events is pulled because of Covid.


Inaugural Snow Machine festival sells out
1 Mar 2021   /

Inaugural Snow Machine festival sells out

Snow Machine festival has sold out its inaugural festival in Queenstown. 


New event to showcase Southland F&B
26 Feb 2021   /

New event to showcase Southland F&B

A new event to support Southland’s hospitality and accommodation sector and boost the region’s reputation as a food and beverage destination will run from 1 April to 16 May 2021.


Auckland Unlimited unveils new March event
25 Feb 2021  

Auckland Unlimited unveils new March event

A new event aimed at enlivening the on-land viewing experience of the America’s Cup will be held in Devonport.


Auckland Lantern Festival postponed until March
22 Feb 2021  

Auckland Lantern Festival postponed until March

The Auckland Lantern Festival has been postponed to 4-7 March 2021, due to the region being in Covid-19 alert level 2.


Auckland Pride still optimistic for march, party events
19 Feb 2021   /

Auckland Pride still optimistic for march, party events

Auckland’s Pride director Max Tweedie is still optimistic about Pride March and Pride Party going ahead on the 27 February.


Napier’s Art Deco Festival cancelled
17 Feb 2021   /

Napier’s Art Deco Festival cancelled

Napier’s Art Deco Festival has been cancelled due to the ongoing Covid-19 uncertainty.


Events cancel or scramble changes after latest lockdown
16 Feb 2021   /

Events cancel or scramble changes after latest lockdown

Events up and down the country have been forced to cancel or impose restrictions after the latest Covid-19 community cases at Auckland.


Six60 2021 tour attracts 100k fans
16 Feb 2021  

Six60 2021 tour attracts 100k fans

Kiwi band Six60 says its show on Saturday at Wellington’s Sky Stadium attracted 32,000 fans, bringing its 2021 total tour numbers to around 100,000.


Wings over Wairarapa to feature US Airforce B-52
15 Feb 2021  

Wings over Wairarapa to feature US Airforce B-52

The United States Air Force’s B-52 Stratofortress will feature at the month’s Wings over Wairarapa Air Festival .


2021 Omaka airshow to be largest in Southern Hemisphere
11 Feb 2021   /

2021 Omaka airshow to be largest in Southern Hemisphere

The Yealands Classic Fighters Omaka Airshow 2021, Marlborough’s largest multi-day event, will be celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.


Auckland’s Lantern Festival goes ticketed, relocates to waterfront
11 Feb 2021  

Auckland’s Lantern Festival goes ticketed, relocates to waterfront

Auckland’s annual four-day Lantern Festival celebrating Chinese New Year will be ticketed this year and relocated to the city’s waterfront.


RemoteTogetherNZ festival cancelled
10 Feb 2021  

RemoteTogetherNZ festival cancelled

The event was scheduled to run from 8 to 13 March at Queenstown Lakes.


Pureora hunting competition back for 2021
10 Feb 2021   /

Pureora hunting competition back for 2021

The annual Pureora Forest Park Hunting Competition will return for 2021 after being cancelled last year due to Covid-19.


IMAs hit the ground running with $50m REF plans
4 Feb 2021   /

IMAs hit the ground running with $50m REF plans

Investment plans for the government’s $50m Regional Events Fund have been signed off, with nine International Marketing Alliances across the country now ploughing ahead with proposals.


More than 70 aircraft confirmed for Wings Over Wairarapa
3 Feb 2021  

More than 70 aircraft confirmed for Wings Over Wairarapa

It would be the first major air show in New Zealand for two years.


Extra health measures in place at Waitangi Treaty Grounds
2 Feb 2021  

Extra health measures in place at Waitangi Treaty Grounds

Enhanced health measures to mitigate Covid-19 risks will be in place at the annual Waitangi festival at the Treaty Grounds this week.


Govt injects $288k into Waitangi events
2 Feb 2021  

Govt injects $288k into Waitangi events

Events included workshops on Te Tiriti and whānau-oriented marae days to performance and children’s activities.


SkyCity celebrates 25 years with street party
29 Jan 2021   /

SkyCity celebrates 25 years with street party

SkyCity Auckland will be hosting a free ’90s themed Federal Street Party this evening to celebrate 25 years in operation.


Baring Head Taiao Open Day this weekend
28 Jan 2021  

Baring Head Taiao Open Day this weekend

The Open Day is part of Greater Wellington’s summer programme, which features 24 events across the region.


Events fund opens for applications up to $100k per year
27 Jan 2021   /

Events fund opens for applications up to $100k per year

Creative and cultural event organisers will be able to apply for a funding boost when the Creative and Cultural Events Incubator Fund opens on 1 February.


Border uncertainty sees hybrid AIME 2021 cancelled
26 Jan 2021  

Border uncertainty sees hybrid AIME 2021 cancelled

One of Asia Pacific’s flagship annual business events showcases has been cancelled due to uncertainty wrought by Covid-19 border closures.


Destination Coromandel opens $80k events fund
21 Jan 2021   /

Destination Coromandel opens $80k events fund

Event organisers in the Coromandel can now apply for marketing support from Destination Coromandel’s $80k Signature Events Marketing Fund.


New run series hopes to help regional tourism
21 Jan 2021  

New run series hopes to help regional tourism

The new Aramex Kiwi Walk & Run Series 2021 aims to encourage people of any athletic ability into New Zealand’s scenic settings.


Capital set for inaugural Welly Weekend
21 Jan 2021  

Capital set for inaugural Welly Weekend

Wellington’s waterfront will host the city’s Pasifika Festival and Sky Show Fireworks over this long anniversary weekend for the capital.


NZSki partners with Snow Machine for new festival
19 Jan 2021   /

NZSki partners with Snow Machine for new festival

The Queenstown event aims to attract 5000 festival goers from New Zealand and Australia.


Contestable $8.5m southern events fund opens
19 Jan 2021   /

Contestable $8.5m southern events fund opens

Applications for the first round of the $8.5m Southern Lakes Regional Events Fund are now open.


Park event to showcase region’s recreation areas
13 Jan 2021  

Park event to showcase region’s recreation areas

Kaitoke Regional Park will host Whānau Summer Day this Saturday 16 January.


Lantern Festival moves to Auckland waterfront
12 Jan 2021  

Lantern Festival moves to Auckland waterfront

Auckland’s Captain Cook and Marsden Wharves will host this year’s Auckland Lantern Festival.


RTO alliance secures $3.75m in first REF deployment
18 Dec 2020   /

RTO alliance secures $3.75m in first REF deployment

The Government will invest $3.75m in a North Island tourism alliance aimed at developing events for visitors along the Thermal Explorer Highway.


WOMAD 2021 cancelled
18 Dec 2020  

WOMAD 2021 cancelled

The annual WOMAD music festival at New Plymouth has been cancelled for the first time in its 16 years due to Covid-19 concerns.


NZ to host 2024 World Choir Games
18 Dec 2020  

NZ to host 2024 World Choir Games

The bid to international choir organisation Interkultur was backed by $7m from the Government’s Major Events Fund.


Auckland confirmed for MEETINGS 2021, Christchurch in 2022
17 Dec 2020   /

Auckland confirmed for MEETINGS 2021, Christchurch in 2022

MEETINGS 2021 will take place over two days in Auckland next year, says Business Events Industry Aotearoa.


TRENZ goes hybrid, free for 2021
16 Dec 2020  

TRENZ goes hybrid, free for 2021

TRENZ 2021 will be a hybrid virtual and in-person event at Ōtautahi Christchurch and free for operators to attend.


America’s Cup Village opens in Auckland
15 Dec 2020  

America’s Cup Village opens in Auckland

The America’s Cup Village in downtown Auckland has officially opened. 


Opera in the cave – new experience launches at Waitomo
11 Dec 2020   /

Opera in the cave – new experience launches at Waitomo

In a first for NZ, one of the country’s leading tenors will perform in a Discover Waitomo glowworm cave.


Aotea Square festival kicks off during America’s Cup
9 Dec 2020   /

Aotea Square festival kicks off during America’s Cup

Auckland Live’s free inner-city festival Summer in the Square is returning to Aotea Square to coincide with the America’s Cup.


Hamilton events allowed food stalls
9 Dec 2020  

Hamilton events allowed food stalls

Food trucks and mobile shops can operate provided it was part of a permitted wider event.


Auckland’s Summernova partners with charities
8 Dec 2020   /

Auckland’s Summernova partners with charities

Steve Armitage, general manager destination at Auckland Unlimited said Summernova’s charity partners represented the festival’s ethos of inclusivity and sustainability.


Gallery: 2020 BE Reconnected
7 Dec 2020   /

Gallery: 2020 BE Reconnected

Professional Conference Organisers, event planners, regional tourism organisations and other key players from New Zealand’s business events sector came together for the first official function of the year, BE Reconnected.


Car enthusiasts descend on Coromandel for Beach Hop
26 Nov 2020  

Car enthusiasts descend on Coromandel for Beach Hop

Running from Wednesday to Sunday, the festival draws hot rod, classic car, caravan and motorcycle enthusiasts to the area.


Unlawful operators in sights during America’s Cup
25 Nov 2020   /

Unlawful operators in sights during America’s Cup

Operators intending to carry fare-paying passengers to watch the America’s Cup will need to be in a recognised safety system, says Maritime NZ.


Museum to host Wildlife Photographer of the Year
24 Nov 2020  

Museum to host Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Canterbury Museum will host the 2020 Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition.


CINZ unveils new name
19 Nov 2020  

CINZ unveils new name

The industry body represented 460 members across New Zealand who work within the meetings, incentives, conferences and conventions, and exhibitions sector.


Auckland city, hotels win big at MICE awards
19 Nov 2020   /

Auckland city, hotels win big at MICE awards

Auckland has been named the best meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions destination in Oceania at the inaugural World MICE Awards 2020.


Youth programme adds to America’s Cup legacy – ATEED
19 Nov 2020  

Youth programme adds to America’s Cup legacy – ATEED

A new educational programme has been launched for young learners, leveraging next year’s 36th America’s Cup.


Queenstown Mayor reminds visitors to be vigilant
18 Nov 2020   /

Queenstown Mayor reminds visitors to be vigilant

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Kāpiti Arts Trail weekends a success – mayor
18 Nov 2020   /

Kāpiti Arts Trail weekends a success – mayor

Kāpiti Arts Trail weekends are as popular as ever with locals and visitors to the district, says Kāpiti Coast District Council mayor K Gurunathan.


Industry converges on Te Papa for Summit 2020
17 Nov 2020  

Industry converges on Te Papa for Summit 2020

Around 300 industry professionals will attend the sold-out Tourism Summit Aotearoa in Wellington today.