Big grants for NZ Open and Queenstown Winter Festival


The Queenstown council is making major contributions towards next year’s New Zealand Open golf tournament and Queenstown Winter Festival.

The golf, at Sir Michael Hill’s private course, near Arrowtown, receives $100,000 and the American Express Queenstown Winter Festival $75,000.

Another 17 events, also held between now and June 30 next year, also receive grants or in-kind support from Queenstown Lakes District Council’s events fund.

Also receiving over $20,000 are Challenge Wanaka ($40,000), Queenstown’s Blues and Roots Festival ($28,500), Queenstown’s inaugural NZ Rural Games ($27,731), Queenstown Bike Festival ($25,626) and Motatapu ($21,523).

The other events are The Iron Run ($15,604), Red Bull Defiance ($15,000), Wanakafest ($15,000), Gibbston Wine and Food Festival ($15,000), Arrowtown Autumn Festival ($11,500), Junior Rugby Festival ($8430), Gibbston’s Rabbit Ridge 3-6-12 Hour Race ($7900), Gibbston Summer Concert ($5000) and Outspoken – Festival of Words and Storytelling ($5000).

The council also approved three grants for the 2015-16 financial year – Audi Quattro 2015 Winter Games ($100,000), Queenstown’s Vintage Rugby Carnival and the 2015 NZ Mountain Film Festival.

Mayor Vanessa van Uden says events bring dual benefits: “Events bring thousands of visitors to our community and they also offer locals the chance to see international entertainers and speakers or top-level sports competitions without having to travel themselves.”