The Government will invest $1 million from the Major Events
Development Fund to support Winter Games New Zealand 2013,
Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce announced today.
"The Government investment is designed to provide a
platform for the event to step-up in 2013 to become one of
the world's top three snow sports events and to deliver the
quality expected of a world-leading event," Mr Joyce says.
"The funding from the Major Events Development Fund will
help the Winter Games build critical mass enabling it to
become a recurring biennial event that from 2017 will
become self-sustaining and independent of Government
In 2013 the event will include five World Cups, one Super
Continental Cup and 12 Continental Cups that will make it
one of the biggest winter sports events outside the Winter
Olympics. This is expected to increase the number of
participants, spectators and international tourists
attending the event.
As a biennial flagship event, Winter Games New Zealand will
provide the northern hemisphere elite international and
recreational snow sport participants with an off-season
training option on a regular basis.
The Winter Games take place just six months before the 2014
Sochi Winter Olympics in Russia and offers northern
hemisphere snow sport champions a unique pre-Olympic
"In return for this additional $1 million investment,
Winter Games New Zealand will provide extensive
international television opportunities to promote New
Zealand as a premier winter destination across our key
tourism and trade markets," Mr Joyce says.
The Major Events Development Fund has invested a total of
$2.75 million in the Winter Games since the inaugural event