The Tauranga Jazz Society is relieved to be breaking even after last month's National Jazz Festival.

Festival director Becks Chambers said every year was tight money-wise, but this year had been more difficult than the past two, with less funding and sponsorship.

She put the shortage down to the number of events being staged, with each reaching out to the same pool of money for funding.

"We know we can pay everything. We will probably break even thanks to some last-minute funding."

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Joseph Anderson performed with the jazz combo from the Royal New Zealand Navy Band at this year's Downtown Carnival. Photo / George Novak
Joseph Anderson performed with the jazz combo from the Royal New Zealand Navy Band at this year's Downtown Carnival. Photo / George Novak

It had been a close call but she believed they would make a very small profit which would go towards the 2016 festival, which was already being planned.

The annual profit was usually less than $30,000, which was not much for such a large event, Ms Chambers said.

"We're pretty pleased with what we managed to do with what we've got. It's always pretty tight."

About 4200 people bought tickets to the concerts, while between 25,000 and 30,000 attended the Downtown Carnival on Saturday or Sunday and about 6500 headed to the Jazz Village on Monday.

In addition, 250 students competed in the Youth Jazz Competition.

The profit from ticket sales was put towards funding the free events so the money balanced out, Ms Chambers said.

She was happy with the attendance numbers and believed the bigger crowds at the carnival and village were a result of the good weather.

Central Tauranga business owners celebrated after the busy long weekend, also putting the year's success down to good weather drawing in the bumper crowds.

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Regional Hospitality Association president Alan Sciascia said Easter was usually busy for bars and restaurants on The Strand, while Downtown Tauranga spokeswoman Sally Cooke said it was great to see so many people packing the streets.

The Tauranga Jazz Society was already on the hunt for local businesses who may be keen to jump aboard as sponsors for the 2016 festival.