Good draught of success... Invercargill country musician Arun O'Connor sings Tennessee Whiskey by Dean Dillon and Linda Hargrove, in his senior finals-winning turn at the 2018 Gold Guitar Awards in Gore on Sunday night. PHOTO: RICHARD DAVISON

A survey gauging the impact of hosting the MLT New Zealand Gold Guitar Awards will give an insight into the wide-ranging effects of the influx of people into Gore.

Gore District Council events and promotions co-ordinator Emma Carle said the survey, a council initiative, asked questions such as where those attending the awards were from, how much money they spent when visiting Gore, how they heard about the awards, where were they staying and whether they had they attended before.

Gore youth councillors and secondary school pupils handed out survey forms at venues during the weekend.

Survey forms were also available at accommodation outlets.

The survey was also available online and the link would be sent to all the contestants, Ms Carle said.

The council and those organising the awards and other events held over the long weekend were working together to produce a co-ordinated festival, she said.

The results of the survey would help organisers make decisions regarding future events and funding, she said.

This year a more co-ordinated approach between the council and awards organisers resulted in a booklet being produced outlining all events, as well as events being listed on the GoreNZ website, Ms Carle said.

There was some confusion about who organised events associated with the MLT New Zealand Gold Guitar Awards.

“There is no one name for everything that happens,” Ms Carle said.

“Gold Guitars is what kicked everything off and it’s brilliant and it’s certainly what got Gore its name the Capital of Country Music,” she said.

But since its inception 45 years ago, other events had been added which were run in conjunction with the awards, she said.

They included the Freeze Ya Bits Off Busking competition and the NZ Country Music Awards.

Awards convener Philip Geary said the weekend ran smoothly.

Overall, the quality of performers was on par with other years but those in the intermediate section were of a higher standard.

“Over the last five or six years the intermediate section has been pretty tight,” Mr Geary said.

“It’s good to see the young ones coming through,” he said.

He could not remember when the last survey had been carried out but it was a long time ago, he said.

To take part in the survey go online to

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