Queenstown and Wanaka's month-long Summerdaze festival is no
more. Last week, the Queenstown Lakes District Council
decided to approve the recommendation by its events office to
cancel the festival, which had been ''supported by [the]
council for 10 years''.
By dropping Summerdaze, the money spent by the council on the
festival could be put in the contestable events fund.
The report discussed at the council's meeting in Wanaka said
the events office recommended the council cease funding the
wider Summerdaze programme and that many of the small events
could be picked up by alternative providers.
''It should also be noted that a significant number of
alternative events already occur over the same peak period.''
The most recent summer festival was run from December 31
until January 31 and included small events such as
entertainment on the village green on various days and pyjama
parties for children in area libraries.
There were also two events on New Year's Eve, which attracted
18,000 people and cost about $85,000, which included
fireworks, band hire and stages.
The budget for the other 11 events was $74,000, which
included event management, advertising, brochures and an
Money for Summerdaze was drawn from the $700,000 events
Some of the small but popular events, such as the teddy
bears' picnic, could be supported by the council to run at a
different time during the year, ''with potential to become
fundraising opportunities for community groups''.
The report proposed the Christmas show, held at the
Queenstown Recreation Ground last year and which attracted
enough sponsorship to run on a ''completely cost neutral
basis'', would continue to be run by the council.
It was also recommended New Year's Eve events continue to be
financed from the events fund, which the council accepted.