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"With 94 offices across New Zealand, and 30 agents in Southland, Bayleys is big on regional investment and supporting the communities that support us. We are proud to sponsor this event because the 60+ scheduled events will bring people together and will provide significant economic benefit to the region of Southland”
– David Gubb – Managing Director Bayleys Southern Group


For over 20 years Gore District Council has supported and contributed to district events.  In 2018 the Council developed an event strategy that identified the opportunity for the country music events held over King’s Birthday weekend to become part of a collaborative New Zealand country music festival.


The Gore District Council is a major partner of Bayleys Tussock Country – New Zealand’s Country Music Festival and continues to support the New Zealand Country Music Festival Trust with funding and support from its event co-ordinator.  The Trust is very grateful for the ongoing support.


Creative New Zealand encourages, promotes and supports the arts in New Zealand for the benefit of all New Zealanders through funding, capability building, our international programme and advocacy.  It invests in artists and arts organisations, offering capability building programmes and developing markets and audiences for New Zealand arts domestically and internationally.


Community Trust South is a major contributor to Bayleys Tussock Country Music Festival providing funding for a three-year period to assist with establishing the festival. 

Community Trust South is the guardian of a community endowment of over $224 million and helps a wide range of groups and people in the south every year by distributing grants, scholarships and community loans.

The New Zealand Country Music Festival Trust has enjoyed working with Community Trust South. Their financial support has made the development of Bayleys Tussock Country - New Zealand’s Country Music Festival possible.



The Gore RSA has long been a supporter of Gore’s country music scene.  The New Zealand Country Music Festival Trust is extremely grateful for the RSA’s contribution to partner with the Trust to produce street banners for Tussock Country.  During the Festival, the RSA provides country music entertainment and hosts auditions for the MLT NZ Gold Guitar Awards.  The Gore RSA has a large membership that is proud of its Club and its facilities.

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Lottery Grants Board distributes the profits made from New Zealand state lotteries, such as Lotto and Instant Kiwi, for the benefit of New Zealand communities. Lottery Community grants are available for not-for-profit organisations with a community or social service focus for ongoing operating costs or projects which help improve the quality of people’s lives in their communities.   New Zealand Country Music Festival Trust is grateful to have received funding to support the volunteer programme for Tussock Country 2021.

Hokonui (previously known as Hokonui Gold) is an Adult Contemporary radio station that first launched in Gore, New Zealand, broadcasting across Southland and now also broadcasts across South Otago and Mid Canterbury.

The Mataura Licensing Trust distributes all profits back to the local community by way of investment into high quality services and much needed facilities, and through financial support of community networks, sports clubs, music events, senior citizens, educational grants and a focus on well-being. Bayleys Tussock Country is extremely fortunate to have the support of the Mataura Licensing Trust and it's quality hospitality venues and services throughout Eastern Southland. 

The Otago Daily Times is a newspaper published by Allied Press Ltd in Dunedin, New Zealand. The ODT is one of the country's four main daily newspapers, serving the southern South Island six days per week and 24/7 online at Allied Press is proud to be a media partner of Bayleys Tussock Country. 

GWD Toyota has been fully committed to servicing southern motorists since 1906. If you’re seeking a new car, a used car, a fleet of vehicles, or even servicing and panel work you’ll find GWD Toyota an excellent company to do business with. They're locally owned and operated and the best providers of new and used vehicles in Invercargill, Southland and Central Otago. In this age of gimmicks and promises, service is still a tradition at GWDs. GWDs are proud sponsors of the Tussock Country Ute Muster. 

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The New Zealand Herald is proud to be the digital partner for Bayley's Tussock Country Music Festival. The New Zealand Herald is part of the fabric of our country, growing from a daily newspaper to a digital newsroom with an award-winning website, mobile site and app.

For over 150 years, The New Zealand Herald has connected Kiwis to the nation, the world, and what matters most to them. We represent all New Zealanders and are the lens through which they view their world. The New Zealand Herald informs, explains and entertains and it’s all news worth knowing.

The Gore Country Music Club was formed in 1972 to promote Country Music. They are proud to host the prestigious MLT NZ Gold Guitar Awards on Kings Birthday Weekend every year and are valued event partners of Bayleys Tussock Country Music Festival. 

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Southern Rural Life is a free newspaper delivered weekly on Wednesdays to 21,000 rural mailboxes in Otago and Southland. In addition to spreading the Bayleys Tussock Country word, they're also proud naming rights partners of Rural Life Top Paddock. 

Wish to join the Bayleys Tussock Country partnership family? Please - get in touch today!

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