Events Transition Support Payment scheme (ETSP)

The country is now operating under the COVID-19 protection framework (CPF). The Events Transition Support Payment (ETSP) scheme is designed to provide assurance to organisers of large-scale events, so they can continue organising our much anticipated events over 2022.

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 over the 2021/2022 summer period. The scheme is now extended for eligible events, including business events, scheduled to begin between 4 April 2022 until 31 January 2023.

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 now included in the ETSP from 4 April 2022.

Additional information for applicants

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: 14 June 2022