Events in Auckland pick up the PACE!

Publish Date : 21 Feb 2020
Events in Auckland pick up the PACE! (1)
Luke Fraser from Te Atatu onstage at InterACT 2019. Photo courtesy of Rod Wills, Interacting Disability Theatre

“We are grateful for the funding because without Auckland Council support, we wouldn’t be able to offer a quality event at a venue that can cater for all the codes on offer. It enables us to ensure safety aspects are available for participants and volunteers are supported and valued as a key role in the event,”  Karla Matua, Interim Manager, He Oranga Poutama ki Tāmaki Makaurau.

Auckland Council’s Parks, Events, Community and Arts (PACE) Committee recently approved 16 applications totalling $197,500 in grant allocations for the 2019/2020 Regional Event Fund.

Mayor Phil Goff says the events funded by the council help make our community an interesting and vibrant place to live.

“Arts, sporting and cultural events bring communities together and make our city a great place to be in,” he said.

Chair of the PACE Committee, Councillor Alf Filipaina, was particularly pleased with the broad scope of events approved for funding this round.

“We have taken a coordinated approach to the provision of funding for these events. Of the 16 events we have funded, eight are sports-related and eight relate to arts and culture. There is a great mix of events coming up in our city,” says Councillor Filipaina.

“Our focus for events is connecting; people to each other and to places. Funding for regional events is important to support Aucklanders to connect with each other and to their local places through a range of sporting, cultural and arts opportunities. The people of Tāmaki Makaurau are blessed with the provision of great community-led events all year, and I am pleased to say, this round of events will be no exception.”

When assessing the applications for regional event funding, consideration was given to things like the event budget, plans, organiser experience, accessibility, previous event outcomes, and whether the event connected with key Auckland occasions such as Matariki, or Auckland Anniversary weekend and whether the applicant had received significant other funding from council for the same event.

What do our recipients say about receiving funding?

Iwi of Origin

Karla Matua, Interim Manager, He Oranga Poutama ki Tāmaki Makaurau, says that receiving funding for the Iwi of Origin event means the organization is now able to host an event that brings whānau, hāpu, iwi together to represent their collective whakapapa through sport and recreation.

“The Iwi of Origin event is important because it brings Māori living in urban Auckland together to participate, celebrant and reconnect with their whakapapa and wider whanau,” says Karla Matua.

“Receiving council funding for our event allows us to collaborate with Māori sport organisations and to resource the event to a level that serves the Māori community throughout Tāmaki Makurau.”

Events in Auckland pick up the PACE!
Iwi of Origin in action

InterACT Disability Arts Festival

Rod Will, Director of the InterACT Disability Arts Festival stressed the importance of the festival as giving recognition to the 20 per cent of the population who identify as being disabled.

"The Disability Arts Festival event is important because participants are known for what they can do, not what they can not; their skills are showcased in a way that presents them in a valuing manner, and they are further supported with hands-on opportunities and structured workshops," says Rod Will.

"If we did not receive council funding the momentum the InterACT Festival has for schools, community services and disabled people to produce artwork and develop and rehearse their performances in dance, drama and music for audiences would be lost. This funding means that Interacting Disability Theatre can continue to deliver the largest disability and community arts festival in Aotearoa, now in the tenth year at the Corban Estate Arts Centre."

A full list of regional events to receive funding this round is provided below.





Indicative timing



North Harbour Hockey Association Incorporated

Rankin Cup & India Shield Tournament (Hockey)


31 August - 05 September 2020

National Hockey Centre, Rosedale

Badminton New Zealand Incorporated

Barfoot & Thompson New Zealand Badminton Open


28 April - 03 May 2020

Eventfinda Stadium, Glenfield

New Zealand Eid Day Trust

NZ Eid Day - Eid Al Fitr 2020


Dependent on lunar calendar. Approx 23 or 24 May 2020

TBD – likely ASB Showgrounds or Eden Park

YMCA North

Raise Up Youth Fest


27 February 2021

Three Kings Reserve

Total Sport

XTERRA Auckland Trail Run / Walk Series


17 May, 7 June, 28 June, 19 July, 9 August, 30 August 2020

Shakespear and Waitara Regional Parks, Riverhead and, Waiuku Forests, Totara Park and Hunua Ranges

Aktive - Sport and Recreation Auckland

Mauri Toa Mau Rakau Wānanga


April, July, September & December 2020

Marae based in West Auckland and South Auckland

Devonport Business Association

AC36 Race Place


05-21 March 2021



InterACT2020! Disability Arts Festival


02-06 November 2020

Corban Estate Arts Centre, Henderson

Waiheke Jazz, Art & Music Festival

Waiheke Jazz, Art & Music Festival 2020


10-13 April 2020

Multiple venues across Waiheke Island

German-New Zealand Chamber of Commerce Inc.

German New Zealand Festival


11-12 September 2020

Cloud & Shed 10, Auckland Central Waterfornt

Pacific Music Awards Trust

2020 Pacific Music Awards


21 May 2020

Vodafone Events Centre, Manukau

Aktive - Sport and Recreation Auckland



February & March 2021

Three regions in Auckland

Aktive - He Oranga Poutama

Te Whare Tapere o Matariki


01 July 2020

AMI Netball Courts, St Johns

Auckland Regional Outrigger Canoe Association

Auckland Regional Waka Ama Sprint Championship


12-13 December 2020

Sylvan Park, Lake Pupuke, Milford

Aktive - He Oranga Poutama ki Tāmaki Makaurau

Iwi of Origin


10-11 October 2020

Bruce Pulham Park, Takanini

New Zealand Nepal Society Incorporated

Nepal Festival April 4 2020


04 April 2020

Aotea Square, City Centre


TOTAL                                                                        $197,500

Regional event funding occurs in parallel with, and is complementary to, local event funding rounds operated by local boards.

The first regional events funding round for 2020/2021 will be open May 2020, with allocations to be approved at the August 2020 PACE Committee meeting.  This will be a general round open to all applications meeting Events Policy criteria.

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