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Planning an event

THE PURPOSE OF THE REGIONAL EVENTS FUND IS TO STIMULATE INTER AND INTRA-REGIONAL VISITATION THROUGH FUNDING EVENTS THAT WILL ENCOURAGE EXPENDITURE MISSED BY INTERNATIONAL VISITOR MARKETS.

Reference: https://www.mbie.govt.nz/immigration-and-tourism/tourism/tourism-recovery/regional-events-fund/

The fund is available to the nine International Marketing Alliance (IMA) groupings of the Regional Tourism Organisations (RTO’s). Mid Canterbury has been allocated $232,000 over a 2-4-year timeframe.

Events that receive Mid Canterbury Regional Events Fund investment must demonstrate that the event meet the Fund’s criteria.

Please ensure you read the information contained in these pages and download the Mid Canterbury Regional Events Funding Guideline before applying.

Learn more here

I want to plan an event, where do I start?

Planning an event for the first time can be challenging. Ashburton District Council has produced an Event Planning Guide, and an Event Application form​ with information and advice on the wide rage of things you will need to consider in planning your event in the Ashburton District.​ You will also need to complete an Event Management Safety Plan and a Hazard and Risk Assessment for the event, these will need to be submitted at least two weeks prior to the event.

Contact Council

Depending on the nature of your event you may require licences and permits from Council.  If you plan on selling food at the event, you will need a licence.

Learn more about licences for markets and events

If your event is happening on a street it will legally require traffic management and a road closure. We can help guide you through the requirements of securing the necessary licenses and permits.

Contact our customer services team for assistance by email or phone (03) 307 7700.

Other Contacts

Emergency Service providers should be informed of forthcoming events regardless of whether they directly involve emergency services or not.

Promoting Your Event

Tips for a successful event listings:

  • Provide a vibrant eye catching image for your event (jpeg format). If you do not provide an image a generic image will be added to your listing
  • Provide as much information as possible – time the event starts, ticket pricing, parking information
  • Provide a website for further information (if suitable)
  • Ensure you select the right category for your event

If you have questions, contact our Customer Services team by email or phone (03) 307 7700.