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NPDC fund brings big gigs/events/sport games to our region

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Have you been enjoying the rumble of V8 engines as Americarna rolls through Taranaki this week?

Are you looking forward to WOMAD next month at Brooklands Park or the ITU Triathlon World Cup?

Did you know that events like these and many others are brought to town thanks to an NPDC fund specifically designed to bring high quality entertainment to our District?

NPDC’s Major Events Fund has been running since 2005 and is designed to attract events to our region that appeal to a range of audiences, bring economic and social benefits to the district, and position Taranaki as a desirable place to live and visit. About $750,000 has been allocated to the Fund in the current financial year.

Over the last 14 years, it’s helped fund events such as major acts at the TSB Bowl of Brooklands, All Blacks test matches, music and dance festival WOMAD and many more.

This year it’s already brought the first-ever National Basketball League (NBL) game to the TSB Stadium, where the SKYCITY Breakers beat the Cairns Taipans in front of a sell-out crowd.

"The calibre of events that take place with support from NPDC’s Major Events Fund and thanks to our corporate partners, is contributing to Building a Lifestyle Capital," says Mayor Neil Holdom. "By hosting world-class concerts, international sporting matches and dynamic arts festivals - to name a few - we draw our community together, stimulate the local economy and make them proud to call Taranaki home. It also brings in visitors who support our economy by staying the weekend, eating out, shopping, and visiting our other tourist attractions which often convinces them to come back here for good. It’s a win-win," he says.

WOMAD is on 15 to 17 March at TSB Bowl of Brooklands, the ITU Triathlon World Cup and National Schools Triathlon begins on 31 March and later this year are Taranaki Arts Festival Trust’s Winter Fest and Spiegeltent Festival.

Keep your calendar handy and an eye on Hello NP on Facebook, as events are always cropping up which means more fun for the Taranaki community.

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