Events Transition Support Payment scheme (ETSP)

The Events Transition Support Payment (ETSP) scheme was designed to provide assurance to organisers of large-scale events, so they could continue organising our much anticipated events over 2022.

The ETSP scheme has now closed, and no further applications and claims will be accepted.

About the ETSP

The ETSP scheme is designed to provide the confidence needed for organisers of large-scale events to continue organising their events over 2022. The ETSP acts as an insurance-type scheme and covers up to 90% of eligible, unrecoverable costs associated with a cancelled or postponed eligible event. This is designed to act in a similar way to an insurance premium and ensures some risk-sharing under the scheme, which will encourage appropriate decision-making by event organisers and planners.

In this section

General events

The ETSP has provided sufficient certainty to incentivise many large-scale events to go ahead and continue organising events from late 2021 until January 2023. The ETSP is now closed.

Business events

Business events are a large and important contributor to the events industry and attract high value visitors to New Zealand’s regions and main centres. They provide frequent sources of revenue for convention centres and venues not commonly used for other large-scale events. Business events with at least 200 attendees are included in the ETSP from 4 April 2022 until 31 January 2023. The ETSP is now closed.

Additional information for applicants, suppliers and vendors

Find out more about the application process, unrecoverable costs, triggers for payment as well as information for suppliers and vendors.

ETSP recipients

This section sets out the events that have received funding from the ETSP to date.

Terms and conditions

ETSP scheme terms and conditions.

Last updated: 18 May 2023