A privately held organisation is the latest corporate bludger to take government money.
Worse still is that they are increasing their bludging year on year.
The New Zealand Open has been given a major boost, with next year’s national golf championship securing increased government funding and live television coverage.
For the first time the New Zealand Open will be broadcast live in New Zealand and to overseas territories, including Australia and Japan.
And for the fifth straight year, the government has increased the amount of taxpayer funding going to the event.
At a press conference in Auckland today, Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce announced a major events development fund investment of $700,000 a year for the 2015 and 2016 events and a one-off cash boost of $250,000 – to be matched by event promoter Sir Michael Hill – to ensure live broadcasting continues. Â Read more »