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Fifteen Te Moananui ā Toi | Coastal Bay of Plenty events have secured a vital financial boost from the new Regional Events Fund (REF), which the Government has introduced to support the tourism sector during the COVID-19 pandemic while New Zealand’s border remains closed to international visitors.

The events are being planned at various locations, from Katikati to Ōhope, and include established, well-known fixtures such as the AIMS Games, Tauranga Arts Festival, and STEM Festival. New events that have secured access to the fund include Polo in the Bay, Flavours of Plenty Festival, and The West End Wiggle.

The aim of the region’s $865,300 REF allocation is to invest in events that will drive significant regional visitation, particularly during the shoulder seasons (outside the summer peak period). The fund has been boosted by a further $200,000 allocated from the region’s community-based trust TECT.

The selected REF events had to prove they’re supporting at least one of our regional Place DNA®:   

  • Horticultural Provenance
  • Oceans and Beaches
  • Māori Culture
  • Natural Environment


The 2022/2023 REF recipients are:

Polo in the Bay (22 January 2022; November 2022)

Mount Festival of Multisport (22 January 2022; January 2023)

NZ Bridge National Congress (1 February 2022; October 2022)

Ta Atea Indigenous Art Event (1-11 March 2022)

2022 NZ SUP Nationals (2-6 March 2022)

Classics at Ōhope (11-13 March 2022; date TBC 2023)

Sun to Surf, Ōhope (19 March 2022; date TBC 2023)

The West End Wiggle, Ōhope (25-27 March 2022; date TBC 2023)

Local Wild Food Challenge & Festival, Ōhope (1 April 2022; date TBC 2023)

Flavours of Plenty Festival (7-10 April 2022; date TBC 2023)

X*Air Games (22-23 April 2022; date TBC 2023)

Tauranga Arts Festival (June 2022; date TBC 2023)

AIMS Games (September 2022; September 2023)

Tauranga STEM Festival - STEMFest (October 2022; October 2023)

One more event being announced in 2022 (which will be held in November 2023)  

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