Facts & Figures

  • 1:20Economic return on investment made

  • $5mThe amount we spend each year on major events

Wellington is New Zealand’s events and creative capital. From film premieres to major sports events to arts and culture festivals, there’s always something to do in the city. Major events such as the World of WearableArt Awards Show ensure that the city is a lively and enjoyable place to live.

Silhouettes of concert crowd and performer.

Wellington faces increasing competition from other Australasian cities for the right to host major events. To maintain our economic and cultural edge, we will need to invest. The Council is proposing to increase the funding available to attract and support major events, ensuring that the city is able to bring in new attractions and retain those it currently has.

Our major events fund targets a 1:20 economic return on the investment that is made.


  • More vibrant and lively central city.
  • Stronger economy, with more jobs.
  • Strengthen Wellington’s reputation as an events capital.


  • We propose increasing our Events Development Fund (implemented through WREDA) to $5 million per year. In addition, we will continue our community festival grants funding.

What you think

64% Feedback received that supports our overall plan

36 Number of times people have told us what they think about this idea

75% Feedback received that supports this idea

#19 Out of 28 ideas based on amount of feedback received.

Who would benefit most?

29% Local residents
28% Visitors to Wellington
27% Local businesses
11% NZ as a whole
6% Future generations
  • Local residents
  • Local businesses
  • Visitors to Wellington
  • NZ as a whole
  • Future generations
  • Other

How should we prioritise it?

42% Quite high
17% Quite low
17% Neutral
14% High
11% Low
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  • Caitlin, Wellington Central

    It's a great idea as it would benefit residents/visitors to Wellington, increase tourism and encourage NZers to stay/move in/to Wellington rather than Auckland which hosts many major events