Government putts $5m into golf

  • 09/03/2017
Golf ball (Getty)
Public spending watchdog the Taxpayers' Union says it's corporate welfare (Getty)

The Government is supporting two major golf tournaments with $5.5 million from its Major Events Development Fund.

Economic Development Minister Simon Bridges says $2.8m will be committed to the New Zealand Open and $2.7m to the New Zealand Women's Open.

The money will be spread over three years, helping NZ Golf host the tournaments.

"These tournaments bring top-ranked international golfers to New Zealand, creating an opportunity to showcase our country to a global audience, including key tourism markets such as the US, China, Japan and Australia," Mr Bridges said.

Public spending watchdog the Taxpayers' Union says it's corporate welfare.

"It's a shameful example of the government wasting money when there are far greater needs in our communities," said executive director Jordan Williams.

"Sports funding for grassroots and developing talent is one thing, funding for one of the world's richest and elitist sports is quite another."

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