Queenstown Lakes District Council has approved $820k of events funding for the district in the next 12 months.

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Jul 4, 2018

QLDC Councillor Scott Stevens was a member of the decision-making panel that reviewed all applications and recommended the funding recipient list for approval by full Council at their meeting on Thursday, 28 June.

“We received 20 applications in total, and the role of the Panel is to find a balance that offers both sporting and cultural events for the district’s community. Furthermore they need to bring the best possible economic benefit, and make good use of the district’s venues and locations,” said Cllr Stevens.

Of the applications received, 12 were approved by the Panel, and a further six were recommended to Council for consideration in a public-excluded session at Council’s meeting last week.

QLDC Mayor Jim Boult was delighted that the events proposed would continue to raise the event profile for the district.

“It’s important for Queenstown Lakes’ economy to see a strong mix of events that attract both domestic and international visitors, as well as offering a variety of activities for locals. That’s why it’s so encouraging to see a strong mix of both sporting and cultural activities that has been approved, and I commend the panel for their recommendations,” said Mayor Boult.

“From Cavalcade Hāwea to the Winter Games, through to the International Violin Competition and Winter Pride and iconic events such as LUMA. There really is something for everyone to enjoy. I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to all the dedicated volunteers and organisers who make these events the success they are. It’s an honour for Council to be able to support them.”

The following funding was approved:

•             Audi Quattro Winter Games 2018                                                             $ 90,000

•             LUMA Southern Light Project 2019                                                            $ 90,000

•             New Zealand Open Golf 2019                                                                   $ 90,000

•             Queenstown Winter Festival (Community Day) 2019                                  $ 50,000

•             Challenge Wanaka                                                                                   $ 35,000

•             Ironman – QT Marathon/Mac Pac Motatapu/Pioneer                                   $ 30,000

•             Festival of Colour                                                                                    $ 25,000

•             Winter Pride                                                                                            $ 25,000

•             Wheels in Wanaka                                                                                    $ 20,000

•             Akarua Arrowtown Autumn Festival                                                           $ 16,000

•             Cavalcade Hāwea                                                                                     $ 15,000

•             NZ Mountain Film & Book Festival                                                              $ 10,000

•             River Boarding World Champs                                                                   $ 10,000

•             Michael Hill International Violin Competition                                               $ 9,000

The QLDC Panel that evaluated all applications included Councillors Craig Ferguson, John MacDonald, Quentin Smith and Scott Stevens.



For more information please contact QLDC Arts and Events Facilitator Jan Maxwell via 03 441 0499 or email communications@qldc.govt.nz