Approval for events sped up
Ratepayers are to put $300,000 into attracting major international events to Auckland.
Auckland City Council can use the new fund to bid for hosting rights without committee approval.
Arts, culture and recreation committee chairman Greg Moyle says the council has to keep up in a competitive environment.
“These events are big business and you’ve got to have a level of flexibility. If we have to wait for a meeting in three weeks time, we’ll lose the event,” he says.
New delegated authorities mean Mr Moyle, deputy chairwoman Toni Millar and councillor Doug Armstrong can approve spending of up to $150,000.
The fund will cover major international events, like the under-17 women’s soccer tournament hosted by Auckland with North Shore city, and the Lions tour in 2005.
A report by officers says the Lions rugby tour brought $43.2 million into Auckland.
Mr Moyle says the new procedures will allow offi to be more responsive when dealing with local events.
A review of the event strategy showed the council needed more transparent and consistent decision making.
It also recommended putting more money into fewer events.