NZ Cricket – For help in delivering the Cricket World Cup programme in 2015, which resulted in 45,637 international and domestic visitors.
English Premier League – Contribution towards exhibition games at Westpac Stadium in 2014 featuring Newcastle United and West Ham United, which resulted in $6.3 million of economic benefit.
Gillies McIndoe Research Institute – Support to help advance its cancer research and keep it based in Wellington.
NZ Water Ski Racing Association – Support for the World Water SkiRacing Champs in 2015, which was attended by 10,000 people.
Positively Wellington Tourism – Help with the Middle of Middle-earth Costume Trail, which saw Hobbit costumes on display at locations across the city.
Wellington Phoenix – Sponsorship of marketing for the football club’s final game of the 2015 season, which was attended by more than 12,000 people.
I wouldn’t support funding for any of these. Sports competitions should not be dependent on ratepayer funding. And don’t even start me on hobbit costumes around Wellington.