Arts Pasifika Awards 2018 - Nominations

The annual Arts Pasifika Awards celebrate and recognise excellence in Pacific arts across a range of artforms and career stages. Anyone, including Pacific artists themselves can nominate an artist for an award by email. Extended deadline to 22 June.


Closing dates:

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22 Jun 2018

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1. Check your eligibility

Who can be nominated

A nominee must:

  • be a Pacific Island artist working across one or more artforms (either contemporary or heritage)
  • be a New Zealand citizen or New Zealand permanent resident
  • have a track-record of excellence and achievement and show potential for contributing to the further development of Pacific arts in New Zealand. 

A nominee cannot be:

  • a previous recipient in the same award category
  • an employee of Creative New Zealand
  • a member of the Arts Council.

Who can make a nomination

  • Artists can nominate themselves for an award.
  • The public can nominate artists.

2. See what's funded


Arts Pasifika Awards recognise artists whose work characterises the richness and diversity of Pacific culture in this country. There are six award categories:

  • Senior Pacific Artist Award 
  • Pacific Heritage Arts Award
  • Contemporary Pacific Artist Award
  • Iosefa Enari Memorial Award
  • Emerging Pacific Artist Award
  • Special Recognition Award.

Previous Arts Pasifika Award winners

Senior Pacific Artist Award

Amount: $20,000
For: Commitment to their practice and 'mana' within the community

Recognises the contribution of a senior established Pacific artist in maintaining or developing their artform in New Zealand.

Pacific Heritage Arts Award

Amount: $7,500
For: Maintaining, reviving and promotion of a heritage artform.

Recognises a major contribution by an artist or cultural group, to maintaining, reviving or promoting a Pacific heritage artform in New Zealand. Artforms include language, dance, music, weaving, tatau and vaka.

Pacific Contemporary Artist Award

Amount: $7,500
For: Innovation

Recognises an artist who has demonstrated innovation. The artist must have a track-record of excellence and achievement, with priority given to those who can show they push the boundaries of their practice.

Iosefa Enari Memorial Award

Amount: $5,000
For: Potential

Recognising the contribution of the late Iosefa Enari to the arts and in particular his pioneering role in Pacific opera. The award supports the career development of a Pacific singer, musician or composer across all classical genres and career stages.

Emerging Pacific Artist Award

Amount: $5,000
For: Potential.

Recognising an emerging artist showing promise and potential. The purpose of this award is to recognise achievement at this developmental stage, and to help them to develop their career.

Special Recognition Award

Amount: $7,500
For: Making a special contribution to Pacific arts nationally or internationally.

Recognising a special contribution to the standing, and standard, of Pacific arts locally or internationally. It recognises an individual whose work, influence and commitment has raised the standards, expectations and reputation of Pacific art and artists. It may be awarded to any artform or for arts management. It could be for a one-off or ongoing contribution to a local or international success story.

3. Make an application

Downloads (application forms and criteria)

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How to nominate an artist

To nominate an artist:

  1. Download and complete the Arts Pasifika Awards 2018 above.
  2. Prepare or gather support material, including letters of support.
  3. EMAIL your nomination form together with all supporting material to by 5pm Friday 22 June 2018. (No late nominations will be accepted.)

Support material

Support material could include:

  • letters of support from up to three relevant referees
  • articles
  • reviews and examples of the nominee’s work
  • links to relevant online material (or if this is not possible, then include CDs, DVDs, books, photos and colour copies)
  • copies of visual material (not originals) should be provided.


Within two weeks of the closing date you will receive an email confirming we have your nomination. If this isn’t received, contact us via

4. Assessing applications

What we assess nominations on

Kaupapa Pasifika/people

Indicators; the nominee(s) has:

  • Demonstrated delivery to Kaupapa Pasifika.
  • Made a contribution to the Pacific Arts community.

Strategic fit

How well does the nominee honour the purpose of the award?

Senior Pacific Artist Award

Indicators; the nominee(s) has:

  • Shown significant commitment to maintaining or developing their artform.
  • ‘Mana' within the community.

Pacific Heritage Arts Award

Indicators; the nominee(s) has:

  • Shown commitment to their specific island community.
  • Significantly contributed to maintaining, reviving and promoting a Pacific heritage art form in New Zealand.

Pacific Contemporary Arts Award

Indicators; the nominee(s) has:

  • A compelling track record of achievement.
  • Demonstrated innovation within their artform.

Iosefa Enari Memorial Award

Indicators; the nominee(s) has:

  • Shown promise in classical music.
  • Outstanding potential for a career in classical music

Emerging Pacific Artists Award


  • The nominee has shown promise and potential in their artform.
  • The benefits of this opportunity to the nominee/s future career are likely to be significant.

Special Recognition Award

Indicators; the nominee has

  • Made a special contribution to their artform and/or arts industry.
  • Raised the standards and expectations of Pacific Arts nationally or internationally.

Who assesses nominations

Nominations are assessed by an external Pacific arts panel.

Scoring nominations

This assessment scale is used to score Kaupapa Pasifika/People and Strategic Fit


5-----Exceeds both indicators
4-----Exceeds one indicator
3-----Satisfies both indicators
2-----Satisfies one indicators however there are reservations
1-----Does not meet either indicator
0-----There is no evidence provided

5. Notification of results

Applicants will be notified of a decision by 31 August 2018.

We list recipients on the webpage Award winners: Arts Pasifika Awards

The awards will be presented at the annual Creative New Zealand Arts Pasifika Awards ceremony in Wellington in late 2018.

6. On completion

No further action is required of recipients after the awards have been presented to them.

7. Who to contact

For all email nominations and general enquiries email

For specific enquiries contact:

Makerita Urale
Arts Practice Director — Pacific
(04) 473 0880