A vineyard tour, cheese night and latte art 'throwdown' are some of the events.
The decision was unanimously made by council's Finance and Corporate Committee on Tuesday.
Lisa Vanin, Sacha Mail and Jenny Jack are World of Wearable Art finalists.
Spark confirms new sites being built to help meet demand from this year's big event.
Pirongia locals at odds over plans for cell tower in village.
As a boy he gazed in awe at Pirongia. Now his work is the key to uncovering its secrets.
For the last 15 years Janene Allison has told the stories of the Land Wars to students.