NZ could 'absolutely' host Commonwealth Games in regions - Cull

The Local Government president is confident New Zealand could host the Commonwealth Games again by spreading the events out across the regions.

Absolutely, yes," Dave Cull told The AM Show host Duncan Garner on Wednesday.

"We can do it. The suggestion that we spread it out and right out into the regions is a great one."

The Games, currently underway across the ditch on the Gold Coast, has been hosted here before - first in Christchurch in 1974 and again in Auckland in 1990.

In 2009 the Government launched an assessment to see whether Auckland could viably host this year's Games. In 2010, however, it announced it would not support the bid, which came with an estimated price tag of $600 million, then-Prime Minister John Key said.

But Mr Cull says we made it work with the Rugby World Cup in 2011 and we can make it happen again.

"We've got the capacity and each region and each centre would add their own special flavour to it. It'd be wonderful, particularly for the visitors from overseas to see the whole country.

"This would be a wonderful opportunity for central and local Government to work together on developing a business case."