The commerce committee has reported back [PDF] on the government's Major Events Management Bill, and recommended that it be passed. They've made some minor changes - in particular a welcome clause excluding "commuications of personal opinion made by a natural person for no commercial gain" from the definition of advertising (meaning people can wave their "[sponsor] sucks!" flag outside the Rugby World Cup without being arrested) - but the thrust of the bill, establishing "clean zones" in which unauthorised advertising is forbidden, remains.
As I said when this issue first came up, if sponsors want a monopoly on advertising within x kilometres of a venue, they have a very simple solution available: pay for it. But I really don't see why the government should be getting involved to support them. Event managers can promise "clean venues" all they like, but this is creating a clean city - something which simply is not theirs to sell.
The committee also recommended that the amendments in Supplementary Order Paper 106, establishing draconian penalties for pitch invasion, be included. Only three people submitted on it, so if anyone is displeased, perhaps they should have spoken up at the time.