$85,000 for Queenstown events during World Cup


The Lottery Grants Board has provided Queenstown with $85,000 to help fund three events during the Rugby World Cup.

The annual JazzFest, usually held in late October, about the time the RWC winds up, has been given $35,000.

A new event, ‘Matches Made in Heaven – Food, Wine and Art’, has attracted $30,000.

Another new event, ‘History Alive’, has been granted $20,000.

Destination Queenstown marketing manager Graham Budd says $85,000 is about a third of what he applied for late last year.

He says each event, to get off the ground, would need extra funding, be it from trusts or sponsors.

The aptly-named ‘Matches in Heaven’ could run across the whole Rugby World Cup, from September 9 till October 23, Budd suggests.

It could encompass the entire hospitality sector as well as galleries, and even shops, which might display art.

“It’s about supporting our members,” Budd says.

Budd says the ‘History Alive’ event needs fleshing out, but would encompass Arrowtown.

He expects the events would be driven by Queenstown’s RWC coordinator, who’s expected to be appointed soon – the position is being funded by DQ and Queenstown Lakes District Council.

The Lottery Grants Board is providing $9.48 million for 175 events throughout the country for the Real New Zealand Festival.

The aim of the festival is to highlight the country’s arts, culture, wine, food and heritage during the RWC.