Local Council

Local Councils play an important role to events happening in their area, which is why it’s a good idea to make contact as soon as possible with people in Council who can help. 

As each Council may have a different process to follow, we suggest you allow plenty of time to thoroughly research any permits or approvals you may need. 

To see who you need to contact in the area your event is being held, first click on the region and then choose a Council.

Bay of Plenty

Kawerau District Council supports event organisers in various ways and it really depends on where the organisers need support with.  There are a number of funding opportunities through Council and event organisers should attempt to align with the Council’s Event Strategy.  

Kawerau District Council particularly supports events which utilise the districts natural resources and events which encourage community participation that builds, especially if there are high social capital benefits to your event.  The Kawerau district has a strong reputation when it comes to delivering events and the Council can offer advice on how event organisers can access local suppliers and volunteers to support events.  

In the new covid climate, events will need to think outside the box and be innovative.  The best piece of advice from the Council’s events team (for event organisers) is give yourself plenty of time before your event date, as an absolute minimum six months planning time but preferably between 6-12 months – they ply the slogan “…there are two things that make events happen, time and money….” – give yourself the time to find the money, plan well ahead and the event will come together. 

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  • Kawerau District Council – This website is the go to site for all matters relating to Kawerau events and tourism.  In the site you will find information on organising events and how to register an event with Council. 

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Rotorua Lakes Council support and enable events across two main areas: Sport, Recreation & Environment and Arts & Culture. 

They also manage a number of event venues in the city including the Rotorua International Stadium; Rotorua Energy Events Centre and Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre. 

The Sport, Recreation & Environment area manage all reserve and forest use. 

Events held on lakes in the Rotorua district are coordinated by the Bay of Plenty Regional Council.

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Taupo offers a scenic playground of diverse landscapes including a range of versatile indoor and outdoor venues for events, conferences and meetings.

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Tauranga hosts a wide range of events including concerts, festivals, sporting and community events across a variety of the city’s stunning spaces and places.

Tauranga City Council supports these events through event facilitation, major event sponsorship and community event funding.

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