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Māori Arts Presentation Fund

The Māori Arts Presentation Fund supports the touring of contemporary Ngā Toi Māori work to regional and local communities with a high Māori population. Areas to be toured should be outside of Auckland and Wellington central business districts.


Closing dates:

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$150,000 in total for at least three projects

27 Oct 2017

Artforms funded:

This content is tagged as Multi-Artform .

1. Check your eligibility

Who can apply

To apply for Creative New Zealand funding, you:

  • must be a New Zealand citizen, permanent resident or organisation (overseas arts organisations or overseas-based New Zealand artists may be funded only if the project directly benefits New Zealand arts)
  • cannot be a Creative New Zealand staff member or a member of the Arts Council.

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.

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.

Māori Arts Presentation Fund eligibility

To be eligible for the Māori Arts Presentation Fund:

  • your project or activities must directly benefit New Zealand arts, artists or practitioners
  • you must be a producer or presenter preferably with experience in presenting Māori works to Māori communities in New Zealand — this includes arts organisations, rōpū and individual producers


The work must be:

  • tour ready and the touring party must be tour capable
  • toured within a year of uplifting the grant.

Previous funding

The work for touring must not have previously received Creative New Zealand support to tour to the area(s) proposed.

2. See what's funded


The fund of $150,000 can support arts producers/presenters to tour work created by Māori artists and practitioners to areas with high-density Māori populations (above 10%), and which are outside of Auckland and Wellington central business districts.  

The total funding available will be allocated to support the touring of at least two works.

Activities funded

The fund supports Māori:

  • performing arts presentations such as contemporary dance, kapa haka, hip-hop dance, Māori theatre works and music programmes created and presented by Māori musicians
  • visual arts and craft/object arts exhibitions including mahi toi tuku iho (heritage arts such as whakairo, raranga) arts exhibitions.

This fund does not support literature projects.

Costs covered

Performing arts (theatre, dance and music)

The fund contributes towards the following touring expenses:

  • touring parties' travel costs
  • freighting costs
  • venue hire costs
  • remounting costs
  • artists' and practitioners' accommodation costs and fees
  • generic tour marketing and promotion expenses
  • administration costs of the producer (limited to 15% of the total grant).

Visual arts and craft/object arts

The fund contributes towards the following touring expenses:

  • costs of crating and freighting of the exhibited work
  • catalogue publication costs
  • generic tour marketing and promotion expenses
  • administration costs of the producer (limited to 15% of the total grant).


3. Make an application

Downloads (application forms and criteria)

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How to apply

To apply for the Māori Arts Presentation Fund: 

  1. Start your application online (you may need to register first)
  2. Gather support material
  3. Prepare a budget using our budget template
  4. Submit your application online by 5pm on the closing date.

Login or register to apply online

4. Assessing applications

Assessment process

Applications are assessed by external Māori artists and practitioners.

Assessment criteria

We assess your proposal on:

  • Capability and touring experience of the producer
  • Quality of the work proposed for touring 
  • Completeness and realism of the budget information supplied
  • Appropriateness of the identified venues
  • Consideration given to an Audience Development Plan
  • Evidence of other income, in-kind support or supporting venues.

5. Notification of results

Six weeks after the closing date we will email you with the result of your application.

If you are successful, we will make an offer of support and finalise a funding agreement with you within two weeks.

6. On completion

Reporting on your project

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.

7. Who to contact

For more information or advice please contact:

Ana Sciascia
International Adviser
+64 (04) 473 0194