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13 Apr 2021  

Warbirds over Wānaka secures international bookings

The airshow, set to take place on 16-17 April 2022, will be headlined by a Polikarpov I-16 Russian WWII fighter aircraft.


New look for Queenstown’s winter festival
12 Apr 2021  

New look for Queenstown’s winter festival

Queenstown’s winter festival renamed ‘Welcome to Winter’ with full programme available 19 April.


QLDC opens event fund, sustainability in focus
12 Apr 2021   /

QLDC opens event fund, sustainability in focus

Applications for Queenstown Lakes District Council’s annual events fund are open with “special consideration” being placed on sustainability.


Culture & Heritage fund opens for installations, events
12 Apr 2021   /

Culture & Heritage fund opens for installations, events

The first round of funding for Ngā Puninga Toi ā-Ahurea me ngā Kaupapa Cultural Installations and Events has opened.


Length of NZ virtual race to showcase destinations
9 Apr 2021   /

Length of NZ virtual race to showcase destinations

Runners, walkers, cyclists and international competitors have been invited to take part in a virtual race that runs the length of New Zealand.


Final call for TRENZ registrations
8 Apr 2021  

Final call for TRENZ registrations

Registrations for next month’s TRENZ close today.


Govt launches $60m arts, culture, heritage innovation fund
6 Apr 2021   /

Govt launches $60m arts, culture, heritage innovation fund

Funds provided over three years as part of wider arts and culture Covid-19 recovery programme.


Kāpiti Coast development fund for major events opens
6 Apr 2021   /

Kāpiti Coast development fund for major events opens

Total $105,000 available, with $25,000 for early-stage projects.


FIFA picks four NZ cities for 2023 Women’s World Cup
1 Apr 2021   /

FIFA picks four NZ cities for 2023 Women’s World Cup

The FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 tournament games in New Zealand will be held in Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington and Dunedin.


50+ events secured for 2021-22 – ChristchurchNZ
29 Mar 2021   /

50+ events secured for 2021-22 – ChristchurchNZ

ChristchurchNZ GM of destination and attraction Loren Heaphy says more than 50 events are on the books for Christchurch over the next two years.


Auckland business events fund opens first round
29 Mar 2021   /

Auckland business events fund opens first round

Applications for the first round will be accepted until 30 April from conferences, conventions, public trade shows, exhibitions and others.


Deer hunters urged to “put safety first” during roar
25 Mar 2021   /

Deer hunters urged to “put safety first” during roar

DOC asks deer hunters to take extra care in key season after two year gap in bid to avoid injuries.


Tourism bigwigs eager for bubble, anticipate industry change
22 Mar 2021   /

Tourism bigwigs eager for bubble, anticipate industry change

Leaders at the Tourism Policy School look forward to a trans-Tasman bubble but accept tourism will change post-Covid.


Industry leaders head south for Tourism Policy School
19 Mar 2021   /

Industry leaders head south for Tourism Policy School

A roll call of New Zealand’s top tourism leaders are in Queenstown for the University of Otago’s Tourism Policy School.


America’s Cup provides shortlived boost for Auckland hotels – HCA
18 Mar 2021  

America’s Cup provides shortlived boost for Auckland hotels – HCA

The event has helped hotels close to Auckland’s Viaduct but its effect has been limited.


Destination Coromandel reveals event fund winners
18 Mar 2021   /

Destination Coromandel reveals event fund winners

Boating, sports, food and arts events have secured funding from Destination Coromandel’s $80,000 Signature Events Marketing Fund.


Six60 to be first to play concert at Eden Park
16 Mar 2021   /

Six60 to be first to play concert at Eden Park

50,000 fans will be the first to attend a music performance at the Auckland stadium.


84th Wānaka A&P attracts 45,000
16 Mar 2021  

84th Wānaka A&P attracts 45,000

The annual Wānaka A&P Show drew approximately 45,000 people to the two-day event.


Finally for Auckland, some America’s Cup buzz
15 Mar 2021  

Finally for Auckland, some America’s Cup buzz

A record number of fans flooded into the America’s Cup village with 48,000 visiting on Saturday alone, says Auckland Unlimited.


TRENZ re-emerges revamped and renamed
15 Mar 2021   /

TRENZ re-emerges revamped and renamed

NZ’s largest annual tourism trade expo will focus on three themes: ‘Revive, Reconnect, Revitalise’.


Battle of southern snowfests – Snow Machine, Snowboxx go head-to-head
12 Mar 2021   /

Battle of southern snowfests – Snow Machine, Snowboxx go head-to-head

Two new winter music festivals are to hit southern ski slopes in the same week in September.


Art, e-biking and ski: First Southern Lakes events funding deployed
11 Mar 2021   /

Art, e-biking and ski: First Southern Lakes events funding deployed

Nineteen events are collectively set to attract 72,301 out-of-region visitors and pump an additional $18.4m of visitor spend into the region.


City ready for America’s Cup viewers, visitors – Auckland Unlimited
10 Mar 2021  

City ready for America’s Cup viewers, visitors – Auckland Unlimited

The America’s Cup finals start in Auckland today with the city ready to welcome visitors, says Auckland Unlimited. 


Te Pae Christchurch to launch pop-up taster event
9 Mar 2021   /

Te Pae Christchurch to launch pop-up taster event

Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre is launching a ‘Taste of Te Pae’ pop-up activation event ahead of the venue’s launch later this year.


TNZ tees up Sir Rod for America’s Cup singalong
8 Mar 2021   /

TNZ tees up Sir Rod for America’s Cup singalong

The agency has invested $918k to create a unique event for the regatta.


Auckland Pasifika Festival postponed
8 Mar 2021  

Auckland Pasifika Festival postponed

Auckland’s Pasifika Festival has been postponed following the Government’s announcement that Auckland will remain in Covid-19 alert level 2 until at least Friday 12 March.


PCE Upton to launch 2021 Tourism Policy School
8 Mar 2021   /

PCE Upton to launch 2021 Tourism Policy School

The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment Simon Upton will launch this year’s Tourism Policy School.


Cancellations strike struggling events sector
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.