Councils offer $100k for events
A proposed $100,000 fund for attracting international events to Manawatu will be propped up by ratepayers district-wide.
The Palmerston North City Council approved the additional programme to be established this year in partnership with the Manawatu District Council last week.
Calls for action came from the Manawatu Golf Club and Manfeild, which requested more support for bringing national and international events, such as the New Zealand Grand Prix and the New Zealand PGA championship, to the region.
It’s something they said had fallen through the gaps with the establishment of the Central Economic Development Agency (CEDA).
Event organisers will apply to CEDA, which governs the fund against a set of criteria.
These have yet to be determined, but are assumed to be based on regional economic return.
Manfeild chief executive Julie Keane said an economic report in 2013 showed the Feilding venue’s benefit to the region was estimated to be $52 million.
The park attracted more than 80,000 visitors, with 59 per cent coming from outside the region, spending $29m, she said.
Palmerston North mayor Grant Smith said the region was ‘‘majorly undone’’ and could do ‘‘a lot more’’ to bring people in.