Creative New Zealand is a Crown entity established under the Arts Council of New Zealand Toi Aotearoa Act 1994. Our governing body is the Arts Council and our three funding bodies are the Arts Board, Te Waka Toi (the Ngā Toi Māori board) and the Pacific Arts Committee (a committee of the Arts Board).
The Council carries out its statutory functions with funds provided by the New Zealand Lottery Grants Board and by the New Zealand Government, through the Ministry for Culture and Heritage.
Under the Crown Entities Act 2004, Creative New Zealand is an autonomous Crown entity which must have regard to Government policy when directed by the Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage.
The Minister, in consultation with the Minister for Maori Affairs, appoints members of the Council, the Arts Board and Te Waka Toi. The Pacific Arts Committee is a committee of the Arts Board, which appoints the committee Chair and members.
Proposed change to Creative New Zealand's governance strucuture
The Arts Council of New Zealand Toi Aotearoa Bill will replace Creative New Zealand's existing governance and funding structure with a single council of 13 members. The Bill had its second reading in the House on Thursday 10 May 2012. While timelines are not confirmed the Bill is 'likely' to be passed in early-2013.