With today’s announcement from Labour Cabinet Minister Kiritapu Allen that Rhythm and Vines is extremely unlikely to go
ahead, the Government must adopt National’s event insurance policy to protect the devastated events sector, says
National’s Economic Development and Tourism spokesperson Todd McClay.
“The summer months are the busiest time for the events industry. Because of the ongoing confusion and lack of certainty
over the Government’s Auckland and Waikato border policy, event organisers are having to cancel events at significant
“The events sector had asked the Government to assist with an insurance policy which would provide up to $20 million of
cover if New Zealand went into Level 4. However, the Government said no, leaving it to fend for itself.
“Today’s revelation is another blow to an industry that has done everything the Government has asked of it and has now
“The United Kingdom Government provided extensive insurance to its events industry. It’s time for the Labour Government
to do the same.
“The lack of certainty over its Covid policies means it must pay compensation to event businesses that are suffering as
a direct consequence and provide insurance to large and small events that are cancelled as a result of changing policy.
“The cancellation of a small event of 100 people is as devastating for a small business as the cancellation of an event
of 5000 for a large event organiser.
“Grant Robertson said ‘no to events sector insurance four months ago. He now needs to urgently make amends for his poor
“National’s policy, announced as part of our ‘Back to Business’ package, would see large events covered by $50 million
in event insurance, and $20 million for small events.”