Winter sports world elite head to New Zealand 21 Jul 2012
- Krammer Wins Autocross Series Living
- Audi quattro signs its name to Winter Games NZ Living
- New Zealand’s Most Trusted In 2013 Revealed Living
- Online start-up seeks rapid uptake of English football Business
- ‘Lean with us’ tour to support America’s Cup challenge Sport
- TVNZ Scores TV Rights for English Premier League Football Sport
- Rugby World Cup Sevens 2013 Live on Sky Sport, Rugby Channel Sport
- Increased prize pool for expanded SI Endurance Series Sport
- Lewis' Career On The Rise Sport
- Rally of Whangarei showcased to audience of 463 million Sport
Winter sports world elite head to New Zealand
LAKE WANAKA, New Zealand (July 20, 2012) – Winter Games NZ 2013 is set to be the largest and most prestigious international snow sports event held in New Zealand with confirmation the Games will host at least five World Cups.
Never before have so many World Cups been staged in a single event outside the Winter Olympics. With the event’s status as a qualifier for the Winter Olympics, six months later, and world rankings, it will attract the world’s best athletes.
At the Winter Games NZ 2013 launch in Auckland today, Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce, announced the government’s on-going support of the event, identifying the trade and tourism benefits the event has achieved over the past years and moving forward. With full backing from Sport New Zealand and Tourism New Zealand, Steven Joyce confirmed New Zealand Major Events will invest $1 million for the 2013 Games.
A significant partnership with MediaWorks will see
action from the Games broadcast on TV3 and extensive
coverage across MediaWorks Radio.
Winter Games chairman, Sir Eion Edgar, believes the 2013 Games will again raise the bar for event excellence, securing five World Cups gives a clear message as to how highly regarded it is as a snow sports destination.
“The Winter Games NZ is a perfect legacy event for New Zealand. We own it, we shape it and we keep all the commercial rights,” said Sir Eion Edgar, Winter Games NZ chairman. “It is an event with international standing that will make a major social and economic contribution to the benefit of all New Zealanders.”
Amongst the 1,000 elite international athletes competing will be the highest ranked skiers and riders including Olympic and past World Cup gold medallists. At least 30 competitors at Winter Games NZ 2013 will go on to win medals at the Winter Olympics 2014. This will provide a strong competitive platform for our home grown New Zealand athletes.
Games chief executive, Arthur Klap is excited by the prospect of New Zealand hosting such a world leading event.
“The 2013 Winter Games will be a major step up from the previous two Winter Games. It is a bold move to go with five FIS World Cups and we are now waiting whether our two alpine ski racing events for the adaptive (disabled) skiers will also be World Cups. This would be wonderful for our Vancouver gold medallist, Adam Hall,” he said.
The programme will include FIS World Cup events in Snowboard Slopestyle, Snowboard Cross, Freestyle Ski Halfpipe, Freestyle Ski Slopestyle, as well as Snowboard Halfpipe. Three Super Continental Cups and seven Continental Cups will also feature in the competition.
The 2013 edition will run over 14 days from 12-25 August. The event also includes a full, off snow festival programme featuring an adventure film festival, live music and entertainment.
The Winter Games NZ has already established itself as a leader in major events in New Zealand attaining impressive accolades. The 2009 Winter Games NZ won the 2010 SPARC Event Excellence Award, the 2009 edition also achieved the PRINZ Special Event Category winner and last year’s event won the 2012 Sport NZ Commercial Partnership Award for its partnership with Tourism NZ.
For further information visit www.wintergamesnz.com
19 Jun 2013 News
New Zealand Government Hon Chris TremainMinister of Internal Affairs 19 June 2013 Package of reforms planned for Class... more
19 Jun 2013 Business News
Article - BusinessDesk Dairy product prices halt slide in GDT auction, rise 1.1% June 19 (BusinessDesk) - Prices of dairy ... more
19 Jun 2013 Business News
Article - BusinessDesk AMP Capital NZ lifts FY fee income by 34% on Axa inflows, stronger markets June 18 (BusinessDesk)... more
19 Jun 2013 Entertainment
NZ Music Commission Outward Sound Recipients Round 2 2013 Outward Sound is pleased to announce the 2nd round of grant recipients for... more
19 Jun 2013 Property
Call to ban foreign buyers or impose tax on top of property sale price. Australians are contributing to New Zealand's skyrocketing... more
18 Jun 2013 Migration
David Blaker says the predicted 'extra million' residents by 2030 is highly exaggerated. Debate over Auckland's future has presented... more
19 Jun 2013 Travel & Tourism
Air New Zealand’s Premium Economy Class has taken top honours overnight at the prestigious 2013 Skytrax World... more
Travelers Down Under Have More Freedom to Explore the South Pacific with the Air New Zealand Explorer Pass
18 Jun 2013 Travel & Tourism
19 Jun 2013 Rugby
British and Irish Lions wing more
14 Jun 2013 Opinion
Column - Gordon Campbell Gordon Campbell on why everyone has a stake in surveillance reduction In a week dominated by... more
12 Jun 2013 Column
Before I became Editor for NZNewsUK, I had the fantastic opportunity as the Location Coordinator for the Hollywood Blockbuster movie,... more
16 Jun 2013 People
The composer who wrote music for the royal wedding has written a lullaby for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's baby, to be sung by... more
19 Jun 2013 Recruitment
A variety of factors mean Auckland and Christchurch will be the hubs of economic growth over the next few years