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New Zealand to host Bledisloe Cup in October and ready to attract other international sporting events

2020 Sep 11

The Sport and Recreation Minister Grant Robertson says while it is disappointing the Rugby Championship will not be held in New Zealand, the country will host two Bledisloe Cup games in October and1…

Fund opens for COVID-19 impacted Pasifika festivals

2020 Aug 28

Associate Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Hon Carmel Sepuloni has announced an opening date of 21 September for the Pasifika Festivals Initiative that will provide funds for Pasifika festiva…

Major investment for indoor sports in Hawke’s Bay

2020 Aug 09

A Government grant of $6.4 million will expand the Pettigrew Arena in Taradale with new indoor courts of national standard. “The project is likely to take 18 months with approximately 300 people…

Government remains committed to Women’s Cricket World Cup

2020 Aug 08

The Government has re-affirmed its commitment to supporting the hosting of the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup, which the ICC has delayed from 2021 to 2022. “This is obviously a disappointing de…

New high performance sports hub for Upper Hutt

2020 Aug 06

The Government is providing up to $30 million to help fund the NZ Campus of Innovation and Sport in Upper Hutt - an investment that will create 244 jobs. “The sports hub is designed to be a1worl…

Government provides $2.2m to heritage buildings for quake strengthening

2020 Aug 05

Building owners around New Zealand have benefited from the latest round of Heritage EQUIP funding with grants totalling $2,230,166. “The Heritage EQUIP grants for seismic strengthening assist pr…

New role to champion reading for children

2020 Aug 05

A new role of New Zealand Reading Ambassador for children and young people is being established, Prime Minister and Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Jacinda Ardern and Minister for Internal1A…

$10m sport recovery fund open for applications

2020 Aug 03

The second round of the Community Resilience Fund is now open for applications for sport and recreation organisations experiencing financial hardship between 1 July and 30 September 2020. “The f…

Sacred Heart Cathedral to be restored and strengthened

2020 Jul 24

Almost 300 construction jobs will be created with work getting underway on the restoration and strengthening of the Metropolitan Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Wellington. Grant Robertson says1…

Fund helps Kiwi Kids with disabilities into sport

2020 Jul 20

Sport and Recreation Minister Grant Robertson has awarded grants to 59 individuals and organisations to increase the participation of young people in Para sport.  The focus of the Minister’s1$4…

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