From horses to hockey, kapa haka to Korean Day– regional events score

Publish Date : 16 Aug 2019
From horses to hockey, kapa haka to Korean Day– regional events score!
International Buskers Festival - Reuben DotDotDot

Auckland Council’s Community and Development Committee approved $402,500 in grant applications from the 2019/2020 Regional Event Fund this week.

Councillor Cathy Casey, chair of the committee, is thrilled with the wide variety of events that will take place in Auckland thanks to the funding.

“We have funded events that will bring people together for memorable experiences which celebrate Auckland and our diverse communities,” says Councillor Casey.

“The events will be held throughout the region, celebrating the best in arts, culture and sports. Of the 25 events we have funded, 17 relate to arts and culture and eight are sports related.”

“The diversity of events illustrates what’s so special about our region. They will really showcase our wonderful and unique city and the people who live here.” 

A profile of some of the regional events supported by the council

Japan Day

Japan Day has been supported by the Regional Events Fund for the last three consecutive years. Japan Day has grown from a small community gala to a large-scale cultural festival attracting over 40,000 people.

Naoe Hashimoto, from the Japanese Society of Auckland Inc, says that as a 100% volunteer organisation, and it is only possible to continue this popular annual event with the support of Auckland Council.

“We thank the council for their continued support and look forward to working together for the happiness of the participants and visitors who interact and share unique Japanese culture on Japan Day in Auckland,” says Naoe Hashimoto.

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Japan Day. Photo by Masa Sekikawa

International Buskers Festival

Pam Glaser, Director of Crackerjack Events and organiser of the International Buskers Festival, says that the council’s support of the International Buskers Festival allows them to bring the best street theatre from all corners of the globe to delight Aucklanders over Auckland Anniversary weekend.

“There is something magical about seeing outrageous feats and world-class comedy on a street corner, performing for free, and watching the spontaneous response of Aucklanders. But without the Regional Event Fund support there would be no giggles, gasps and gags on the city streets over Auckland Anniversary weekend,” says Pam Glaser.

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International Buskers Festival - Red Trousers Show

The New Zealand Ukulele Festival

“The Regional Events Fund grant allows us to offer a free music event where thousands of children perform alongside celebrity guest artists,” says Maria Winder, Chairperson or the New Zealand Ukulele Trust.

“We are so grateful to the council for funding the New Zealand Ukulele Festival.”

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The New Zealand Ukulele Festival

Full list of events funded from Round One 2019/2020 Regional Events Fund.


Alignment with key priorities




Show Jumping Waitemata World Cup Festival

Sport, celebration of excellence


Woodhill Sands


10-12 Jan 2019

Chica Gilmer Trophy Tier 3 Girls Tournament (Hockey)

Sport, celebration of



North Harbour Hockey Stadium, Albany

2-16 Sep 2019

The Auckland Highland Games and Gathering

Cultural festival


Ellerslie Events Centre, Ellerslie

23 Nov 2019

The New Zealand Ukulele Festival

Children and youth


The Trusts Arena, Waitakere.

16 Nov 2019

The Farmers Santa Parade[2]

Christmas, families and children


Queen Street,

City Centre

24 Nov 2019

2020 Korean Day

Cultural festival


Eventfinda Stadium, Glenfield

14 Mar 2019

Auckland International Buskers Festival

Anniversary weekend


City centre and waterfront

24-27 Jan


New Zealand Taiwan Day 2019

Cultural festival


Aotea Square, city centre

19-20 Oct 2019

The Coastal Challenge - coastal adventure run/walk

Sport, distinctive event


North Shore coastline

22 Feb 2020

Puhinui International Horse Trials

Sport, celebration of



Puhinui Reserve, Manukau

6-8 Dec 2019

Tempo Dance Festival 2019

Arts, free events


Q Theatre, city centre

2-12 Dec 2019

King of the Bays

Sport, distinctive event


Takapuna and Milford Beaches, North Shore

7 Dec 2019

Walk the Line 2020

Youth, celebration of excellence


NZ Fashion Week (TBA)

30 Aug 2020

Auckland Anniversary Day Regatta

Anniversary weekend


Waitematā and Viaduct Harbours and Hauraki Gulf

26-27 Jan 2019

Auckland Pride Festival

Diverse Communities


Events throughout Auckland TBA

1-16 Feb  2020

2020 Sir Graeme Douglas International Track Challenge

Sport, celebration of excellence


The Trusts Arena, Henderson

23 Feb 2020

New Zealand Community Football Cup (NZCFC) 2019

Diverse Communities


Mangere Sports Centre, Mangere

22-24 Nov 2019

The Partners Life DUAL

Sport, distinctive event


Motutapu Island

21 Mar 2020

Ending HIV Big Gay Out 2020

Diverse Communities


Coyle Park, Pt Chevalier

9 Feb 2020

2019 Aotearoa Māori Sports Awards

Māori, sport, celebration of excellence


Vodafone Events Centre, Manukau

30 Nov 2020

Mahurangi Regatta

Anniversary weekend


Sullivans Bay, Mahurangi Harbour

25 Jan 2020

Japan Day 2020

Cultural festival


ASB Showgrounds, Epsom

9 Feb 2020

Te Ahurea Tino Rangatiratanga Kapa haka Secondary competition

Māori, youth, celebration of excellence


Aorere College, Papatoetoe


ASB Polyfest (year two of three-year agreement)

Māori, Pasifika, youth, celebration of excellence


Manukau Sports Bowl, Manukau

18-21 Mar 2020

Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park (Multi-year 2019/2020 to 2021/2022)

Christmas, families and children


The Auckland Domain, Parnell

12 Dec 2019






Applications for a second funding round for 2019/2020 will open in November 2019, with allocations to be approved in February 2020.

This will be a general round open to all applications and focused on the policy priority areas of Māori, youth and winter events, as well as ‘gaps’ in the events calendar. Round two will allocate the remaining Regional Events Fund budget of $197,500.

See the council’s website for more information about the Regional Events Fund.

[1] Dates are indicative and subject to change

[2] The Farmers Santa Parade application was for $65,000. This includes $50,000 established as a non-contestable dedicated budget.  The balance of $15,000 represents the level of contestable funding provided in 2018/2019 and which has been approved for funding again this year.  Consideration will be given to consolidating these budgets into one amount to ensure consistency and transparency of decision making.

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