Government putts $5m into golf

Cornelia Mascio
Marzo 9, 2017

Yesterday, the eve of the 2017 tournament, Economic Development Minister Simon Bridges and Sport and Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman announced a total of $5.5 million in funding to New Zealand Golf.

Through the Major Events Development Fund, $2.8 million over three years - just over $930,000 per annum - would go to the NZ Golf Open, and $2.7 million would support the New Zealand Women's Open.

Lydia Ko, who is scheduled to play at the McKayson New Zealand Open later this year, will be happy to hear the government has invested $2.7m in the event.

"These tournaments bring top-ranked worldwide golfers to New Zealand, creating an opportunity to showcase our country to a global audience, including key tourism markets such as the US, China, Japan and Australia", Mr Bridges said.

After similar funding packages were announced three years ago, official papers questioned how valuable the spending was for New Zealand, and said it was hard to attract overseas business interests to the events.

The 93rd New Zealand Open is a $1 million tier one event on the PGA Tour of Australasia, in partnership with the Japan Golf Tour and Asian Tour.

"With the Royal Wellington Golf club hosting the Asia-Pacific Amateur Golf Championship in 2017, the New Zealand Open in Queenstown and now a LPGA tournament at the newly built Windross Farm Golf Club in Takanini, Auckland, we are building New Zealand's reputation as a destination for world class golf events and golf tourism more generally".

The Government invests, through the Major Events Development Fund, in major events that generate significant immediate and long-term benefits to New Zealand.

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