Fiordland Regional Event Fund - round five now open

Fiordland Regional Event Fund - round five now open

A further round of the Fiordland Regional Event Fund is now open, with $54,000 available for events that attract visitors from outside of the region.

The fund was established by the government as part of its post COVID-19 Tourism Recovery package and is administered by Great South.

Already, $574,600 has been distributed to more than 30 events in Fiordland across four funding rounds.

Events that have benefitted include the Longest Lunch Te Anau, the Stabicraft Te Anau Manapoouri Fishing Classic and the Meridian Hydro Half Marathon.

A $180,000 fund for Southland events was exhausted in October 2021.

Great South Conference and Events Manager Karen Witham said anyone with an existing event they would like to add value to, or a new event in mind should get in touch.

“We’re really happy to talk through ideas people might have.”

Applicants have until 31 March to submit their applications for this funding round, with a decision due 14 April 2023.

Applications are assessed by an independent panel.

For more information, or to apply please visit or contact Conference and Events Manager, email Karen Witham

Successful applicants

Fiordland Regional Events Fund:

Round one:

  • Muster Te Anau Charitable Trust - Men’s Muster Te Anau
  • Great South - Te Anau Food Event Investigation
  • Te Anau Events Trust - Te Anau Tartan Festival
  • Te Anau Events Trust - Stabicraft Te Anau Manapouri Fishing Classic
  • Te Anau Events Trust - Milford Mountain Classic
  • Te Anau Events Trust/Great South - Events Screen & Trailer
  • NZ Photography Workshops - NZ Nature Photography Summit
  • Great South/Te Anau Events Trust - Strategic Review

Round two:

  • Mitre 10 Te Anau 10km 
  • IMSANZ Conference 2022
  • Hop'n'Vine Te Anau
  • Men’s Muster Fiordland
  • Savour the South
  • Te Anau Tartan Festival
  • Kepler Challenge & Luxmore Grunt
  • New Zealand Rodeo Cowboys Association National Finals Rodeo 
  • Spirited Women - All Women’s Adventure Race

Round three:

  • Mavora Explorer 
  • Fiordland Climbing Invitational 
  • Te Anau Enduro 
  • Te Anau Events Community Events Charitable Trust Review implementation
  • Meridian Hydro Half Marathon
  • Te Anau Ukulele Festival
  • GODZone - Fiordland

Round four:

  • Meridian Hydro Half Marathon
  • Te Anau Long Lunch
  • Te Anau Motorama    
  • Stabicraft Te Anau Manapouri Fishing Classic 2022
  • Pump Fest

Southland Regional Events Fund

Round one:

  • ILT Stadium Southland - Schick 3X3 Cup
  • Great South - ILT Kidzone Festival
  • Tussock Country Music Festival Trust -Tussock Country Music Festival

Round two:

  • Matariki Festival 
  • National Council of Women Conference
  • New Zealand Junior Motocross Nationals
  • NZ Gymnastics Championships 
  • Burt Munro Challenge 
  • Kids Racing E-Sports Event 
  • Bluff Seafood and Oyster Festival
  • Cycling New Zealand Secondary Schools National Mountain Bike Championships 
  • Burning Horse Festival 
  • NZ Power Boat Association Annual Conference 
  • New Zealand Leisure Marching 
  • South Island Colgate Games

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