Ngā Manu Pīrere Awards

This annual award is for young Māori artists who are post-secondary school level and under 25 years of age. It recognises achievement for those at an early stage of their career in the arts.


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$5,000 each (two awards)

16 Mar 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 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).
  • To apply to Māori arts:
    • you must be Māori or your proposed project must be managed or directed by Māori
    • organisations must be owned and managed by Māori. If an organisation is applying for funding on behalf of an individual, that person must also be Māori.

Ngā Manu Pīrere eligibility

These awards are offered to young Māori artists who are post-secondary school level and under 25 years of age. It is to recognise achievement for those who are at an early stage of their career in the arts.

Artists can apply for projects in the artforms below:

  • Māori arts – visual and craft/object, performing (e.g. dance, theatre, music, etc.), language and literature
  • Māori arts related area – curation, arts writing (technical or conservational).  

Previous winners are not eligible to reapply.

Other Creative New Zealand funding

Your project cannot have received funding from any other Creative New Zealand programme or initiative, including the Creative Communities Scheme, our international and capability building initiatives and investment programmes.

Organisations in the Toi Uru Kahikatea or Toi Tōtara Haemata investment programmes are not eligible.

Reapplying for the same project

You can only reapply for the same project for this award if you have written permission from the Manager, Funding Services. Contact Funding Services first to see if your application would be eligible for re-submission.

2. See what's funded

Two awards worth $5,000 each are offered to young Māori artists to recognise achievement for those at an early stage of their career in the arts.

The awards will be presented at Te Waka Toi awards ceremony in November 2018.

3. Make an application

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How to apply

To apply for a Ngā Manu Pīrere Award:

1.    Start your application online (you may need to register first).
2.    Gather support material.
3.    Submit your application online by 5pm on the closing date.

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4. Assessing applications

Who assesses your application

Your application will be assessed by external peer assessors who are experts in their field. Māori artists and practitioners are involved in assessing applications to the Māori Arts funds. Recommendations are presented to our Māori Committee for a decision.

Project Proposal

Your proposal will be assessed on:

  • how well Mātauranga Māori is evident in the practice and results of your mahi
  • your artistic achievement to date (e.g. academic record and/or qualifications, current and past projects, awards and other credentials, etc.)
  • the strength of your goals and aspirations for Māori arts in the future.

5. Notification of results

Applicants will be notified of a decision after 4 April 2018.

The awards will be presented at Te Waka Toi awards in November 2018.

6. On completion

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

7. Who to contact

For more information or advice: