Kava New Leaders Grants

Kava New Leaders Grants support established practitioners of Pacific heritage arts to pass on their knowledge and skills to up to three potential new leaders in their artform.


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$30,000 for up to two grants

31 Aug 2018

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1. Check your eligibility

Benefits and track record

To be eligible for Creative New Zealand funding:

  • Your project or activities must directly benefit New Zealand arts, artists or practitioners.
  • You must have a track record of experience and success — this means you must have:
    • recognition from peers or experts
    • achieved a degree of critical or sales success
    • specialised training or practical experience.

Your track record

For a Pacific Arts artist or arts organisation, success means an arts activity that has been publicly presented and received a degree of success in either professional or community arts.

If you don't have the track record we're looking for, you may be able to get funding through the Creative Community Scheme

Who can apply

  • As an individual you must be a New Zealand (NZ) citizen or permanent resident.
  • NZ-based organisations can apply.
  • If you are an overseas-based NZ artist or organisation you can apply. But your application must show direct benefit to NZ arts and you must have it endorsed by:
    • NZ artist(s) currently resident in NZ and/or;
    • NZ-based arts organisation(s) (must be well established).

 Applications can be made by:

  • the senior heritage arts practitioner (mentor)
  • the artist(s) being mentored
  • a community group or arts organisation
  • two individuals as a joint application.

Either the senior heritage artist or the less experienced artist(s) must be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident

Organisations in the Toi Uru Kahikatea or Toi Tōtara Haemata investment programmes are not eligible to receive funding during the period of their funding agreement.

Late reports and breaches of agreements

We cannot fund you if you, your organisation, or key members of your team:

  • are more than 16 weeks overdue with a report for a previous grant or investment
  • are in breach of the conditions of a current funding agreement
  • were in 'default' of a funding agreement and sent in a late report in the six months prior to the closing date for a new application.

Project eligibility

To be eligible for a Kava New Leaders Grant, the project:

  • must start after 2 November 2018
  • should take six to twelve weeks to complete
  • must be managed by New Zealand citizens or residents with a Pacific Island heritage, ie. an ancestral link to one of seven Pacific Island nations (Fiji, Samoa, Tuvalu, Tokelau, Tonga, the Cook Islands or Niue), or other Pacific Island nations (for example I-Kiribati, the Solomon Islands, Tahiti, Papua New Guinea).

2. See what's funded

Current funding round

We are providing funding support for up to two projects that must start after 2 November 2018.

Projects supported

Projects must provide opportunities for senior Pacific heritage artists to:

  • include emerging artists as part of a project, and/or
  • to mentor less experienced Pacific heritage artists.

A project can:

  • include up to three artists participating and learning from the experience of the senior pacific heritage artist
  • take place either in New Zealand or the Pacific Islands.

Pacific heritage arts supported

The Pacific heritage arts supported include:

  • vaka
  • weaving
  • tapa making
  • performing arts
  • composition
  • dance
  • music
  • poetry
  • navigation.

Costs covered

Grant monies may contribute towards:

  • the senior artists’ fees
  • the fees of the less experienced artist(s)
  • direct project costs
  • international flights if the project takes place in the Pacific Islands.

3. Make an application

Downloads (application forms and criteria)

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How to apply

To apply for a Kava New Leaders Grant, follow the Arts Grant application process:

  1. You may find useful information in the Guide to Preparing an Arts Grant Application
  2. Start your application online (you may need to register first)
  3. Gather artistic support material
  4. Prepare a budget using our budget template
  5. Submit your application online by 5pm on the closing date.

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How to make a strong application

To make a strong application:

  • read the application guide carefully
  • use our glossary to check the meaning of the terms we use.

Content to include

  • Clearly explain your project idea and what will be achieved.
  • Describe how your project will achieve the Creative New Zealand strategic outcome you selected.
  • Describe what a successful project will look like (how you will evaluate its success).
  • Demonstrate how you'll compete the project in the timeframe. A timeline or production schedule may be useful.
  • Identify the key people and their experience.
  • Provide detailed financial information that is accurate and relevant.
  • Provide detailed itineraries if applicable: when, where, who and why.
  • Provide confirmation of venues if possible.

Support material

Ensure that:

  • you provide brief, recent and relevant artistic support material
  • audio and video support material is of good quality and accessible
  • you provide up to three up-to-date relevant letters of support, with one preferably from someone not directly involved with your project. We cannot consider letter of support from Creative New Zealand staff or members of the Arts Council. 

Evidence of demand

Evidence of demand can strengthen your application. Examples include:

  • box-office income or recording sales
  • fees to be paid by practitioners enrolled in a professional-development course
  • performance or appearance fees being paid by venues, presenters or exhibitors.

4. Assessing applications

What we assess your application on


Is it a strong idea? We look for the following indicators:

  • artistic aims that are clearly expressed
  • a compelling idea
  • an idea that will develop the skills of the artists and/or participants involved.


Can it be achieved? We look the following indicators:

  • a realistic and well planned process
  • realistic costs and revenue
  • a thorough and accurate budget
  • people involved that have sufficient experience to deliver this project.

Strategic fit

Does it deliver Creative New Zealand outcomes? We look for the following indicators:

  • that your project delivers to the selected strategic outcome
  • of an artistic outcome and/or participant experience that is likely to be high-quality.

You must choose one of these strategic outcomes to be assessed on:

  • New Zealanders participate in the arts
  • High-quality New Zealand art is developed
  • New Zealanders experience high-quality arts
  • New Zealand arts gain international success.

Kaupapa Pasifika assessment

In addition to the above you can have your project assessed as Pacific Arts. If you do we’ll:
  • assess whether it delivers to Pacific arts priorities
  • look for indicators that Kaupapa Pasifika is in the:
    • practice of your project
    • results of your project.

More information under Make an application

Culturally-specific applications

When we assess a culturally-specific heritage arts application, we replace the concept of Kaupapa Pasifika with, for example, Kaupapa Samoa, Kaupapa Fiji, Kaupapa Tonga, and so on, for the specific Island group. This is equivalent to the commonly used terms “Fa’a Samoa”, “Vaka Viti” or “Faka Tonga”, meaning “the Samoan way”, “the Fijian way”, or “the Tongan way”, and so on.

More information under Make an application

Who assesses your application

An external peer assessor will assess your application. Pasifika or Māori artists and practitioners are involved in assessing applications to the Pacific or Māori arts funds. Recommendations are made to Creative New Zealand’s Senior Manager for Arts Development Services for decision.

Scoring your application

This assessment scale is used to score idea, viability, Mātauranga Māori and Kaupapa Pasifika.


7---Exceeds all indicators
6---Satisfies all indicators and exceeds in more than one
5---Satisfies all indicators and exceeds in one
4---Satisfies all indicators
3---Satisfies most indicators however there are minor reservations
2---Satisfies some indicators however there are major reservations
1---Does not meet the indicators
0---There is no evidence provided

The following assessment scale is used to score strategic fit.

Score – Description

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

Nominate peer assessors for our funding programmes

External peer assessors are asked to evaluate a range of applications made to Creative New Zealand’s funding programmes and initiatives against specific criteria.

Peer Assessor nomination form (doc 167KB)

Peer Assessor terms and conditions (pdf 259KB)

5. Notification of results

  • For the 31 August 2018 round we will notify on Friday 2 November.

We also list successful applicants on the who got funded web page.

If you are successful, we will contact you about your funding agreement, payment schedule and reporting requirements.

6. On completion

A project completion report is required within 12 weeks of the project end date using the report template. To be considered for further funding, your report needs to be submitted on time.

Project Completion Report template (doc 266KB)

7. Who to contact

Makerita Urale
Senior Arts Adviser — Pacific Arts
(04) 498 0729