The Council's work

The Arts Council meets six times a year and its meetings are guided by a formal agenda.

Significant work in 2018

  • Discussion and development of Creative New Zealand’s strategic framework, including a review of existing strategic outcomes, in preparation for a refreshed Statement of Intent from the 2019/20 year.
  • Finalising and implementing a new Investment Strategy, supporting our goal that we regularly refine our investment to ensure the arts continue to develop in New Zealand for New Zealanders.
  • Developing a new Māori Arts Strategy and Pacific Arts Strategy to support Creative New Zealand’s work in these areas.
  • Deciding on Creative New Zealand’s three-year budget and priority activities for the 2018/19 financial year, supporting the third year of delivery to our Statement of Intent 2016–2021

The agenda

The Council’s meeting agendas are organised into five sections:

  1. Procedural items – covering meeting minutes, matters arising from those minutes, and conflicts of interest.
  2. Strategic discussions – focusing on items relating to the vision, outcomes and strategic goals set out in the Statement of Intent 2016–2021, and the wider strategic environment.
  3. Operational matters – including reports on programmes and deliverable areas under the annual Statement of Performance Expectations, as well as reports from the Chief Executive, Māori Committee and Audit & Risk Committee.
  4. Compliance reports – including quarterly performance reporting against the Statement of Performance Expectations, legal compliance and other report-backs.
  5. Council as a team – where good practice governance matters are discussed.
  6. Other business – covering correspondence to and from Council, other business from members and noting papers.

Creative New Zealand staff will usually prepare reports for Council to consider, or provide updates in person. At most meetings, guests from the arts sector and other partners are invited to discuss their work with Council.

Meeting dates in 2018

  • 26 February – Wellington
  • 30 April – Auckland
  • 27 June – Wellington
  • 29 August – Christchurch
  • 24 October – Wellington
  • 5 December – Wellington

Post-meeting summaries 2018

24 October 2018

  • Council agreed Creative New Zealand’s Annual Report for 2017/18 and noted the organisation’s achievements over the past year.
  • Council agreed to changes to the Tōtara and Kahikatea Investment programmes, following a review of these against the new Investment Strategy Te Ara Whakamua 2018-2023.
  • Council noted recent successes for New Zealand arts on the international stage; at the Edinburgh Festivals and with the opening of the Oceania exhibition in London.
  • Council received an update on the forthcoming Māori Arts Strategy, which is due to be agreed by Council in December 2018.            

29 August 2018

  • Council considered feedback from the first round of consultation on changes to the Tōtara and Kahikatea Investment programmes, and made in principle decisions as the basis for a second round of consultation in September 2018.
  • Council approved a new Pacific Arts Strategy which will help direct and prioritise Creative New Zealand’s investment in Pacific arts between 2018 and 2023, to better support the Pacific arts community.
  • Council set the final Creative New Zealand budget for the 2018/19 financial year and out-years.
  • Following its meeting, Council met with members of the Christchurch arts community and other stakeholders, funders and supporters, to network and update the sector on recent strategic work.

27 June 2018

  • Council ratified the new Mātauranga Māori Framework and received an update on the Toi Māori Strategy currently under development. The Mātauranga Māori Framework looks through a Māori lens at the potential for creativity and the potential for the arts.
  • Council agreed the draft five-year strategic direction and five-year priorities for action for the new Pacific Arts Strategy. These will form the basis for the text of the draft Strategy which will go out for consultation from late July.
  • Council noted the draft Creative New Zealand budget for 2018/19 through 2020/21. This is included in the Statement of Performance Expectations 2018/19 (Creative New Zealand’s annual plan) with a final budget to be agreed at Council’s August meeting.
  • Council approved the establishment of the Young New Zealanders in the Arts Toi Rangatahi Initiative. The Initiative will invest a further $1 million each year for five years from 2018/19 in support of young New Zealanders engagement with the arts.
  • Council noted and endorsed the recommendations for Creative New Zealand’s future support for professional theatre in Dunedin.
  • Council received an update on the 2018 Te Waka Toi Awards and agreed recipients of the Prime Minister’s Awards for Literary Achievement.

30 April 2018

  • Council discussed Creative New Zealand’s ‘value chain’ – the public value the organisation creates for New Zealand) – as part of the ongoing work across 2018 to update Creative New Zealand’s strategic and performance frameworks.
  • Council agreed the draft Statement of Performance Expectations 2018/19 (Creative New Zealand’s annual plan) for provision to the Minister, and approved the organisation’s draft Budget for 2018/19 and out-years.
  • Council welcomed a number of stakeholders to the meeting, to hear about their work: New Zealand’s presenting artist for Biennale Arte 2017 Lisa Reihana; staff from Oranga Tamariki–Ministry for Children; and Auckland Arts Festival’s leadership.
  • Council agreed significant revisions to the Governance Manual, including revised conflicts of interest guidance and updates to the Schedule of Delegations.

26 February 2018

  • Council received presentations on the results of Creative New Zealand’s major triennial research, New Zealanders and the arts and Audience Atlas, from research companies Colmar Brunton and Morris Hargreaves McIntyre.
  • Council welcomed the Asia New Zealand Foundation’s leadership to the meeting, noting the continued partnership between the Foundation and Creative New Zealand and the good work the Foundation is doing to advance the arts in the region.
  • Council noted the upcoming Ngā Toi Māori Roadshow and Pacific Arts Summit, both key opportunities to engage with the Māori and Pacific arts communities as work begins on new strategies for ngā toi Māori and Pacific arts.
  • Council welcomed the Prime Minister and Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage, Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern, to the meeting and spoke with her about the new Government’s priorities for the arts.
  • Council acknowledged and thanked Council member and Māori Komiti Chair Suzanne Ellison for her contribution to Council’s mahi, with her term set to finish on 30 April 2018.

Post-meeting summaries 2017

6 December 2017

  • Council noted progress around developing a new Māori Arts Strategy and Pacific Arts Strategy and agreed a working version of the Investment Strategy which will be further developed before being finalised in 2018.
  • Council noted the tangible results achieved from its support for New Zealand at the Edinburgh festivals in 2017 and agreed to continue support in 2018.
  • Council acknowledged the success of New Zealand’s presentation at the 2017 Venice Biennale, with the closing of the exhibition in late November.
  • Council noted various engagements new Ministers had had across the sector to date and asked that an invitation be extended to the Minister for Arts, Culture & Heritage to attend Council’s February 2018 meeting.

25 October 2017

  • Council discussed progress on the new Investment Strategy, particularly around dynamic arts and resilient arts sector – both key elements of Creative New Zealand’s vision for the arts in New Zealand.
  • Council noted the excellent report from Audit New Zealand for the 2016/17 year and approved the final Annual Report.
  • Council congratulated the winners of the Arts Pasifika Awards in advance of the ceremony that evening.
  • Council noted the appointment of the new Minister for Arts, Culture & Heritage and Associate Ministers, and expressed its enthusiasm for engaging with the new Government on the value of the arts.

30 August 2017

  • Council discussed the development of the new Investment Strategy, particularly around aspects of diversity and reach – this relates to Council’s statutory purpose to encourage, promote, and support the arts in New Zealand for the benefit of all New Zealanders.
  • Council approved the final Creative New Zealand budget for 2017/18 and the outyears. Council noted the record revenue year in 2016/17 driven by higher than forecast lotteries revenue and the careful spending and investment over this time.
  • Council met with a broad range of stakeholders during its visit to Christchurch, including the arts sector and co-funders (Christchurch City Council and Rātā Foundation). Council’s engagement amplified the importance of collaboration in the city and advancing key work with partners who have shared interests.
  • Council discussed how it might enhance its approach to advocacy and engagement in general, and identifying areas where members can add value outside of formal meetings.

28 June 2017

  • Council endorsed the Advocacy Action Plan for 2017/18 which supports delivery to Creative New Zealand’s Advocacy Strategy 2016–2021.
  • Council noted progress around improving Creative New Zealand’s responsiveness to its customers and clients, via the 2017 Satisfaction Survey.
  • Council received an update on the Organisational Development Project, which aims to improve the way Creative New Zealand supports the arts in Aotearoa.
  • Council had the opportunity to talk with the wider Auckland arts sector during its visit, outlining successes over the 2016/17 year and learning about opportunities in the year to come.

26 April 2017

  • Council had a positive discussion about Pacific arts and made a commitment to work towards delivering a Pacific arts strategy that delivers to Pacific aspirations.
  • Council welcomed Justin Lester, Mayor of Wellington, for a discussion about the arts in Wellington. Council were encouraged by Mayor Lester’s commitment to the arts, and local government’s investment in the arts more broadly.
  • Council agreed a draft budget for 2017/18 and outyears, to help inform planning for the next financial year and the Statement of Performance Expectations 2017/18. Council also revised its policy on accumulated funds which will allow Council to provide more certainty to the arts sector around future years’ funding.

22 February 2017 

  • Council discussed the upcoming development of the Statement of Performance Expectations for 2017/18, including the strategic and contextual factors which will influence this.
  • Council agreed on the final Advocacy Strategy 2016–2021 and endorsed an Action Plan for the balance of 2016/17. These will help guide delivery to the strategic goal ‘We are a powerful advocate for the arts’ and will be published in late March 2017.
  • The interim evaluation of the Regional Arts Pilots was presented, with Council noting progress to date and opportunities around the delivery of the remainder of the pilots.
  • Guests from Foundation North and the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra discussed their work and reflected on future directions for their relationships with Creative New Zealand.