NZ taxpayers are kicking in up to $25m for Women’s World Cup – how much the economy can expect to score is unstated

 How many Ministers does it take to release press releases to express the government’s delight at a hosting decision in the sporting domain that should benefit New Zealand?

Three, when we last checked.

No – four, because one of the statements was issued jointly in the names of our Jacinda Ardern and Aussie Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

Another statement was issued jointly by Sport and Recreation Minister Grant Robertson and Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford.

It took just one Minister, David Parker, to whoop about the Resource Management Amendment Bill passing its third and final reading in Parliament.

The legislation reduces complexity, increase certainty in the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA) and makes significant improvements to environmental outcomes, the Environment Minister said.

It supports the Government’s Essential Freshwater package with an accelerated process for regional freshwater plan changes that will implement the new National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management 2020.

It also introduces mandatory and enforceable farm environment plans and requires fertiliser sales to be reported on a regional basis.

Don’t expect farmers to share Parker’s delight.

Ardern and Morrison said the awarding of joint hosting rights for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 is a landmark decision for women’s sport in our region.

For the first time in history, Australians and New Zealanders will be able to experience a tier one football tournament on home soil.

“The 2023 event will be the largest, and no doubt the best, Women’s World Cup that has ever been staged.

“This is a huge positive for the footballing and sporting industries on both sides of the Tasman as we recover and rebuild from COVID-19.”

The economic benefits were high in the Anzac PMs’ considerations.  They said the event, to be held between 10 July and 20 August 2023, will provide a near $500 million boost to economic activity for host countries, a significant jobs boost for host cities, and an opportunity for tourist regions in both countries to capitalise on new visitations.

We await details of the NZ share of those goodies.

An opportunity for social engineering was a factor, too:

“As sporting nations we have had a long history of producing some of the best female footballers in the world and this tournament will further inspire our next generation and provide the platform for them to compete on the world stage.

“It will also help drive Australia’s goal of achieving a 50/50 split of male and female participation in the game by 2027, and recognises New Zealand Football’s focus on pay equity and equal treatment for female players.”

Robertson exploited the social engineering opportunities, too.

““The tournament aligns perfectly with our strategy for Women and Girls in Sport and Active Recreation. Alongside New Zealand’s hosting of the 2021 ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup and 2021 Women’s Rugby World Cup it presents an amazing opportunity for us to grow female participation, create new female leaders and further raise the visibility of women’s sport,” Grant Robertson said.

Perhaps thinking of his duties as a Minister of Finance responsible for a burgeoning public debt, he also brought the matter of money into the frame.  The New Zealand Government has set aside “up to $25 million” to host the event, $14.2 million of which will go to New Zealand Football for direct support of the tournament. The remainder is intended to ensure

“ … a seamless, AsOne tournament is delivered. It will also be used to leverage the event at home – in particular, supporting and growing the involvement of women and girls in all aspects of sport.

“The benefits to New Zealand from hosting the event will return that investment many times over.” 

Twyford’s contribution to the joint statement was to congratulate New Zealand Football and Football Federation Australia for their teamwork in securing this outcome for our countries.

“While the vote shows how much faith FIFA have in New Zealand and Australia, the hard work is just beginning as we look to host the best Women’s Football World Cup ever,” Phil Twyford said.

We suppose transport will be among matters tackled by the planners.  Whether Twyford is holding the transport portfolio after the general election – or any other portfolio, come to think of it  – remains to be seen.

Here’s what we have learned from Beehive releases since we last reported –


26 JUNE 2020

Trans-Tasman hosts for 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup

The awarding of joint hosting rights for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 is a landmark decision for women’s sport in our region Prime Ministers Scott Morrison and Jacinda Ardern said.

Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern

Prime Minister


26 JUNE 2020

NZ wins bid to co-host 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup

Sport and Recreation Minister Grant Robertson and Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford are welcoming the success of the trans-Tasman AsOne bid in securing co-hosting of the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Hon Grant Robertson Hon Phil Twyford

Economic Development

Sport and Recreation


25 JUNE 2020

RMA law promotes healthy waterways

A law that makes crucial environmental improvements to the RMA, particularly for freshwater, has passed its third and final reading today.

Hon David Parker



25 JUNE 2020

PGF funding boost for Hawke’s Bay

The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing nearly $8 million in two game changing projects in the Hawke’s Bay.

Fletcher Tabuteau

Regional Economic Development


25 JUNE 2020

Govts to consider wider measures of success as Wellbeing Amendment Bill passes

The Public Finance (Wellbeing) Amendment Bill passed by Parliament today puts New Zealand in a world-leading position by legislating for Governments to consider peoples’ wellbeing alongside traditional fiscal and economic indicators of success, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says.

Hon Grant Robertson



25 JUNE 2020

Regional Skills Leadership Groups to be eyes and ears for labour market recovery

The Government is establishing 15 independent Regional Skills Leadership Groups to better manage changing skills and workforce needs in our regions and cities and to support the recovery of labour markets.

Hon Willie Jackson



25 JUNE 2020

Recognising our health volunteers’ valuable contribution

Nominations open today for the 2020 Minister of Health Volunteer Awards and Health Minister Dr David Clark is asking New Zealanders to ensure volunteers get the recognition they deserve.

Hon Dr David Clark


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