Auckland’s vibrancy enhanced through sport, art and culture

Last Updated : 27 Mar 2019
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Opening performance - 2018 Vodafone Pacific Music Awards
Photo courtesy of the Pacific Music Awards Trust

People love participating in Auckland’s wide range of sporting, artistic and cultural events. These events help to shape a city we are proud of, want to stay or return to, and a place that others want to visit, move to or invest in.

To enhance the vibrancy of our city, Auckland Council’s Community Development and Safety Committee recently allocated $192,000 to 17 organisations undertaking events throughout Auckland.

Councillor Casey, chair of Auckland Council’s Community Development and Safety Committee, says that regional events build pride in our city, diverse suburbs and neighbourhoods.

“We have funded a wonderful range of events this round. They are events that contribute to an inclusive Auckland, a city of opportunity, a culturally rich and creative city and an Auckland with a Māori identity; Auckland’s point of difference in the world. Our events support a beautiful Auckland that is loved by its people.”

A snapshot of events

The extremely popular and iconic Pacific Music Awards, an annual awards event celebrating Pacific music and Pacific artists, has again received funding from the regional events fund.

The event honours the achievements and successes of ‘current’ Pacific artists and also pays tribute to legacy and developing artists. The event is a platform for our Pacific communities and music industry to come together for one fantastic night of celebration.

This year marks the 15th anniversary of the Pacific Music Awards and is an event that supports Auckland as a City of Music having joined the UNESCO Creative Cities Network last year.

Petrina Togi-Sa’ena, Event Producer and Trustee of the Pacific Music Awards, is proud of Pacific artists and says that the event loves celebrating their music.

“We sincerely appreciate the long-term support we have received from Auckland Council, which significantly contribute to ensuring the Pacific Music Awards are held each year.

"This year, we celebrate 15-years, which is an important milestone for the awards, the Pacific music community and music industry. We wouldn't have reached this anniversary, without the support of our sponsors.”

The well-loved Cargo Plus Coastal Challenge has also received funding. The Coastal Challenge has been running (excuse the pun!) for over 15-years. The Challenge is a favourite event for many Aucklanders and a great way f to experience the beautiful coastline in their own backyard on the North Shore.

A new event to receive funding this year is the ‘Raise Up Youth Festival’ a food, music and well-being event that will bring young people together with youth support services and opportunities.

The event, proposed for later this year, will feature a diverse range of performances by local young people who will showcase the talents of our youth. Youth organisations and support services will be invited to participate in the event. Raise Up is a youth designed and delivered event.

The council’s Community Development and Safety Committee allocated funding to the following organisations from the Regional Event Fund in February 2019:

Regional Event Grants - Round 2 2018/2019




Proposed dates are subject to change

Te Pou Theatre Trust

Kōanga Festival Whānau Day

Te Pou Theatre, New Lynn

8 September 2019

New Zealand Eid Day Trust

New Zealand Eid Day

Auckland Central

June 2019


InterACT 2019!

Corbans Estate Arts Centre, Henderson

30 October - 1 November 2019

Aktive - Auckland Sport & Recreation

Iwi of Origin 2019

Bruce Pulman Park, Takanini

12 - 13 October 2019

New Zealand Rugby League

2019 National Secondary Schools Tournament

Bruce Pulman Park, Takanini

2 - 6 September 2019

Total Sport

Partners Life DUAL

Motutapu & Rangitoto Islands

23 March 2019

North Harbour Hockey

Vantage National Under 21 Tournament

North Harbour Hockey Stadium

5 - 11 May 2019

Badminton New Zealand Incorporated

Barfoot & Thompson New Zealand Badminton Open

Eventfinda Stadium (formerly North Shore Events Centre)

30 April - 05 May 2019

Touch Compass

InMotion Matariki Parade (2019)

Wynyard Quarter (incl. Silo Park)

6 July 2019

Total Sport

Cargo Plus Coastal Challenge

North Shore Coastline: Arkles Bay to Devonport

2 March 2019

Aktive - Auckland Sport and Recreation

M2M 2020

Mangere and Kaipara

2 and 16 February 2020

Aktive - Auckland Sport and Recreation

Whare Tapere o Matariki 2019

Auckland Netball Centre, St Johns

24 July 2019

Aktive - Auckland Sport and Recreation

Mauri Toa Wānanga 2019

Hoani Waititi, Kia Aroha College

April, July, September, December 2019 (dates TBC)

YMCA North Incorporated

Raise Up Youth Festival

Western Springs

12 October 2019

Pacific Music Awards Trust

2019 Pacific Music Awards

Vodafone Events Centre, Manukau

23 May 2019

Waiheke Jazz, Art & Music Festival

Waiheke Jazz, Art & Music Festival 2019

Multiple venues across Waiheke Island

19 - 22 April 2019

Auckland Region Outrigger Canoe Association

Auckland Regional Waka Ama Sprint Championship

Sylvan Park, Lake Pupuke, Milford

7 - 8 December 2019

Read more about the council’s Regional Event Fund Grants and see if your organisation’s regional event may qualify for future funding here. You can also read the council’s Events Policy on the council’s website.


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