Creative New Zealand

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The Arts Council of New Zealand Toi Aotearoa (Creative New Zealand) is the national arts development agency of the New Zealand government, investing in artists and arts organisations, offering capability building programmes and developing markets and audiences for New Zealand arts domestically and internationally. Its funding consists of approximately 30%[1] central government funding and the remaining amount from the Lotteries Commission. In 2014/15, the Arts Council invested a record $43.6 million in New Zealand arts and arts organisations.

Funding is available for artists, community groups and arts organisations. Creative New Zealand funds project and organisations across many art-forms, including theatre, dance, music, literature, visual art, craft object art, Māori arts, Pacific arts, Inter-arts and Multi-disciplinary.


Creative New Zealand funding is distributed under four broad funding programmes:

  • Investment programmes
  • Grants and special opportunities
  • Creative Communities Scheme
  • International programme

In 2012, Creative New Zealand introduced Arts Development/Leadership Investments to replace its Recurrently Funded Organisations funding. Arts Development Investments provide funding for extended periods for established artists, arts practitioners, groups and arts organisations.

Arts Organisation funding[edit]

The Toi Tōtara Haemata (Tōtara) and Toi Uru Kahikatea (Kahikatea) investment programmes support New Zealand’s arts infrastructure and the development of arts organisations by offering funding for fixed terms of between one and five years. Creative New Zealand’s total investment spend for the 2016 calendar year is $25.15 million across 81 arts organisations. Arts organisations funded include New Zealand Opera, Artspace Aotearoa, Playmarket, Chamber Music New Zealand, New Zealand Book Council, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, Arts Access Aotearoa and Taki Rua theatre company.

Creative Communities Scheme[edit]

Creative New Zealand administers a fund called the Creative Communities Scheme (CCS). CCS funding coordinators sit within local councils and receive biannual grants to be directed to local arts projects.

Artist Residencies[edit]

Creative New Zealand funds seven artist residencies including the Berlin Writers' Residency and the Creative New Zealand and the National University of Samoa Artist in Residence programme.

Craft/Object Art Fellowship[edit]

The Creative New Zealand Craft/Object Art Fellowship is the largest fellowship in New Zealand available in the craft/object art field. It is open to mid-career and senior New Zealand practitioners, curators and writers across a wide variety of media including jewellers, weavers, ceramicists, furniture makers and designers. Initiated in 2004, the award was originally offered annually, and in 2007 became biennial. Awards are made on an application basis and recipients are required to complete a project over a 12-month period.

Recipients of the Craft/Object Art Fellowship:

Creative New Zealand and the National University of Samoa Artist-in-Residence[edit]

Established by the former Pacific Arts Committee of Creative New Zealand in 2006 this residency enables a New Zealand resident Pacific artist to develop their work.

Recipients of the residency

Arts Pasifika Awards[edit]

Established in 1996 these awards recognise excellence in Pacific Arts in New Zealand.

Special recognition award[edit]

Introduced 2013

  • Lisa Taouma (2015)
  • Ela To'omaga-Kaikilekofe (2014)
  • Sean Mallon (2013)
  • Parris Goebel (2013)

Senior Pacific Artist Award[edit]

Contemporary Pacific Art Award[edit]

  • Lonnie Hutchinson (2015)
  • Victor Rodger (2013)
  • Ema Tavola (2012)
  • Janet Lilo (2011)
  • Michel Tuffery M.N.Z.M (2010)
  • Shigeyuki Kihara (2009)
  • Diana Fuemana (2008)
  • Nina Nawalowalo (2007)
  • Sima Urale (2006)
  • John Ioane (2005)
  • Lemi Ponifasio (MAU Dance) (2004)
  • Filipe Tohi (2003)
  • Richard Shortland-Cooper (2002)

Pacific Heritage Art Award[edit]

Introduced 2004

  • Joana Monolagi (2015)
  • Atafu Tokelau Community Group (2013)
  • Mary Ama and the Mamas (2012)
  • Kalameli Ihaia-Alefosio (2011)
  • O Mata! Tokelau Dance Group (2010)
  • Falepipi he Mafola - Niuean Women Weavers Group (2009)
  • Enuamanu Maruarua Atiu Society (2008)
  • Dr. Okusi Mahina (2007)
  • Tau Fuata Niue (2006)
  • Mafi Malaga III (2005)
  • Kepueli Vaomotou (2004)

Iosefa Enari Memorial Award[edit]

Emerging Pacific Artist[edit]

  • Ane Tonga (2015)
  • Suli Moa (2013)
  • Justin Haiu (2012)
  • Kulimoe’anga ‘Stone’ Maka (2011)
  • Visesio Siasau (2010)
  • Poulima Salima (2009)
  • Linda Tuafale Tanoa’I (2008)
  • WakaUra Dance Group (2007)
  • Tusiata Avia (2006)
  • Miria George (2005)
  • Lonnie Hutchinson (2004)
  • Shigeyuki Kihara (2003)
  • Peter Panoa (2002)

Governance structure[edit]

The Arts Council of New Zealand Toi Aotearoa (previously the Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council[2]) is the governing board of Creative New Zealand. The Council consisted of 13 members in 2014/15.

Legislative framework[edit]

Creative New Zealand works within a legislative framework formed by the Arts Council of New Zealand Toi Aotearoa Act 2014 and the Crown Entities Act 2004 .


  1. ^ "Annual Report 2014/15". Retrieved 2016-09-02. 
  2. ^ "A Brief History of Government Involvement in Culture, Ministry for Culture and Heritage". Retrieved 2008-05-13. 

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