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
  • 2 May – Auckland
  • 27 June – Wellington
  • 29 August – Christchurch
  • 24 October – Wellington
  • 5 December – Wellington

 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.