Our council and boards

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.

Creative New Zealand's governance strucuture changes from 1 May 2014

The Arts Council of New Zealand Toi Aotearoa Act has been passed and will take effect on 1 May 2014.  It will replace our governance and funding structure (see above) with a single council of 13 members.  

Members of the new Council have been appointed by the Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage.  It will be responsible for policy, strategy and funding allocation and replace the previous division of responsibilities between the Arts Council, the Arts Board, Te Waka Toi and the Pacific Arts Committee.

The new Council has a minimum of four members with knowledge of Māori Arts, tea o Māori (a Māori world view) and tikanga Māori (Māori protocol and culture). These members were appointed in consultation with the Minister of Māori Affairs.

Two members have been appointed with knowledge of the arts, and the traditions or cultures, of the Pacific Island peoples of New Zealand, in consultation with the Minister of Pacific Island Affairs.

Information on the new Council members and their biographies can be found in the Minister's media release.