The Council recognises the positive contribution events make to the city. As part of its vision to support vibrant and strong communities and contribute to a thriving economy the Council has funding available to support events that have a citywide focus.
Specific community and citywide events are seen as important for creating a strong sense of pride in place and a positive Invercargill identity. The city’s cultural diversity is recognised as a strength to be protected and promoted in ways that celebrate the different community identities and aspirations.
This investment in events is made in partnership with event organisers to enhance social, community, economic, environmental and city image outcomes in Invercargill that deliver a memorable community experience, and may be further enhanced by the support of other community funders.
The Significant Events Bylaw enables the management of street trading, distribution of free products or advertising material, and advertising and trading/retailing from both public and private property within the Invercargill District during the hosting of significant events. It seeks to provide reasonable controls for specified time periods to protect the public from nuisance, enable the Council to meet contractual obligations and to promote the Invercargill District as a host region.