Cash injection for golf and marathon

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A Queenstown marathon is to return with an $80,000 funding grant from the district council – while golf’s pro-am NZ Open will benefit by $100,000.

The marathon and associated ‘festival of running’ is one of five events to receive a major cash injection in the second round of funding from Queenstown Lakes District Council’s new events’ pot.

The NZ Open Golf Championships – to be held at The Hills course near Arrowtown early next year - has been allocated $100,000, Queenstown Bike Festival $40,000, Warbirds over Wanaka $55,000, and Challenge Wanaka, $40,000.

“With these grants, we aim to support new events or enable existing events to grow and develop further,” Queenstown mayor Vanessa van Uden says.

Applications for up to $30,000 are considered by the council’s Events Funding Panel, while full council considers applications for larger events.

Criteria considered includes number of visitors the event will attract, the media profile and the size and significance.

The Events Panel has also approved in-kind support of $9898 for Rippon Music Festival, $9020 for NZ National Boxing Championships, $6500 for Arrowtown Autumn Festival, $3778 for Gibbston Wine and Food Series, $2668 for Lake Hayes A&P Show, $2520 for Motatapu, $2280 for Rabbit Ridge 3-6-12 Hour Race, $1488 for Arrowtown Events Welcome Party, $1368 for Gibbston Summer Concert, $1300 for Southern Lakes Half Marathon, $1228 for NZ Gold Panning Championships and $920 for Cardrona Enduro.

The decisions were made by the Council on 24 September. The grants total $315,000.

Applications for the next funding round will open on November 4.