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Dunedin City Council – Kaunihera-a-rohe o Otepoti

The following tools will assist in the planning, operation and promotion of your event – no matter how large or small it is.

Welcome to Dunedin

This document provides an outline of all the city can offer to prospective visiting groups including accommodation and attractions and will be a valuable asset to any bid for an event in the city.

Event toolkit

This toolkit will assist you through the many stages of planning, creating and operating your event including local regulatory requirements.

Tell us about your event

You can upload the details of your event to the Dunedin City Council website.   This is a free advertising opportunity and also you can check up on regulatory requirements that may apply to your event.

Promoting your event

If you are planning a community event or activity, this brochure provides information about how and where to promote your event to the public.

Conferences and business events

Enterprise Dunedin is able to offer assistance and guidance for large conferences and business events in the city. Contact 03 477 4000 or email

Events funding

There are different funds available to support events.

The Dunedin City Council is committed to supporting a vibrant events environment in Dunedin that will continue to build a sense of community, enhance the city’s unique identity and add to its cultural wealth. It also aims to optimise the contribution of festivals and events to the city’s economic development.

We are creating a positive and encouraging environment for events and it is important to ensure that our event funds are allocated fairly and transparently, based on clearly defined criteria.

Community events grants

Applications for $10,000 or less

This fund supports events which are of primary benefit to Dunedin residents.

Two funding rounds a year. Applications close last working Friday in March for events held after 1 June, and last working Friday in September for events held after 1 December

It is preferred that organisations are incorporated societies or trusts, but applications from individuals or commercial organisations will be considered.

Premier and major events funding

Applications for more than $5,000

Applications for this fund should be completed in conjunction with referring to the Dunedin Festivals and Events Strategy 2009 - 2019 which enables the Dunedin City Council to support the growth, development and management of festival and events in our city over the next ten years.

This fund has specific criteria and outcomes for Premier and Major events in the city.

We invite funding applications for Premier and Major events. Application forms and information can be downloaded below.

For more information please contact Events and Community Development on phone 477 4000 or email

Event seminars

The Dunedin City Council will be working to deliver seminars and engage speakers that we feel will be beneficial and relevant to the events industry.  Power points and speaker notes will be listed here for you to utilise as a resource.  If there is any topic that you would be particularly interested in learning more about please just let us know

Further information

  • For more events information contact DCC Events, ph 477 4000 or email
  • For more conference information contact Enterprise Dunedin, ph 471 8042 or email

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