Ap­proval for events sped up

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Heather McCracken

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.

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