Māori Arts Presentation Fund

This fund supports contemporary Ngā Toi Māori work to tour regions with a significant Māori population. Areas to be toured should be outside Auckland and Wellington central business districts.


Closing dates:

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$150,000 towards at least three projects

31 Aug 2018

Artforms funded:

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1. Check your eligibility

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 the arts in NZ 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).
  • Creative New Zealand staff and members of the Arts Council cannot apply.

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


Funding can support arts producers/presenters to tour work created by Māori artists and practitioners to areas with high-density Māori populations (above 10%) which are outside the Auckland and Wellington central business districts.

The total funding available will be allocated to support at least three projects to tour.

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:

  • travel
  • freight
  • venue hire
  • re-mounting
  • artists' and practitioners' accommodation
  • tour marketing and promotion
  • 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:

  • crating and freight for the exhibited work
  • catalogue production
  • tour marketing and promotion
  • administration costs of the producer/tour organiser (limited to 15% of the total grant).

3. Make an application

Downloads (application forms and criteria)

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How to apply

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

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4. Assessing applications

Who assesses your application

External peer assessors will assess your application. Recommendations are made to Creative New Zealand’s Senior Manager for Arts Development Services for a decision. Māori artists and practitioners are involved in assessing applications to the Māori arts presentation fund.

What we assess your application on

Please review the assessment criteria and ensure you respond to them in your application. You will need to provide sufficient information so that assessors can comment on all these areas.


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


Can your idea be achieved well? We look for the following indicators:

  • The process to achieve the idea is realistic and well planned
  • Costs and revenue are realistic
  • The budget is thorough and accurate
  • The people involved have sufficient experience to deliver this project

Strategic fit

Is there a good fit with the purpose of this fund? We look for the following indicators:

  • The participant or audience experience is likely to be high quality
  • The project delivers to regional and local communities with a high Māori population
  • Mātauranga Māori is evident in the practice & results of this project

Scoring your application


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


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. To be considered for further funding, your report needs to be submitted on time.

7. Who to contact

For more information or advice contact:

Phone: 0800 273 284
Email: funding@creativenz.govt.nz