An investigation by 1News has found companies in New Zealand and Australia say they are waiting to be paid more than half a million dollars for their work during the FIFA Women’s World Cup.
More than three months after the tournament was co-hosted in New Zealand and Australia, global events company CSM Live still owes businesses that provided signage and printing.
CDM was contracted by FIFA to deliver event branding and signage, but four companies say they’re fighting for payment.
Otago Grandformat Print (OG Print) owner Fiona Hunter told 1News her Dunedin start-up was owed more than $200,000.
However after the first story broadcast by 1News, CSM paid $130,000 and said more was on its way.
“They’re putting money into the bank account as we speak, so that’s great because this means I am really happy about that. It means I can pay the workers off completely, I reckon, by next week,” Hunter told 1News.