Toi tipu Toi rea – emerging Māori artist grant

The Toi Tipu Toi Rea is a grant to support Māori artists or practitioners, at an early stage of their career, to undertake an arts project.


Closing dates:

Find out who got funded recently

Up to $7,500

9 Nov 2018

Artforms funded:

This content is tagged as Ngā toi Māori .

1. Check your eligibility

Project timing

Your project, or the stage of it for which you are seeking funding, must:

  • start after 27 July 2018 (for the 22 June 2018 closing date)
  • start after 14 December 2018 (for the 9 November 2018 closing date)
  • be completed within 12 months of us offering you the grant.

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).

Eligibility for assessment as Māori Arts

To be eligible for assessment as Māori Arts projects must be by Māori, for Aotearoa and the world. By Māori means:

  • applicants must be Māori or the proposed activity must be managed or directed by Māori
  • organisations must be owned and managed by Māori. If the organisation is applying for funding on behalf of another person, that other person must also be Māori.
  • applicants must explain how Mātauranga Māori will be evident in the practice and results of their proposed activities.

Benefits and track record

To be eligible for a Toi Tipu Toi Rea grant:

  • your project or activities must directly benefit New Zealand arts, artists or practitioners
  • you must be an emerging Māori artist who has made a public presentation of a work

If you haven't have made a public presentation of a work, you may be able to get funding through the Creative Community Scheme

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.

Other 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.

How often you can apply

  • You can make up to two applications in a funding round.
  • Each application must be for a different project.
  • You can apply up to four times in total in a calendar year (1 January to 31 December) for a Quick Response Grant, Arts Grant, Toi Ake and/or Tohunga Tukunga, eg two arts grant applications and two Toi Ake applications.
  • If we turn down an application, you can only reapply for the same project if you have written permission from the Manager, Arts Grants.

2. See what's funded


Toi Tipu Toi Rea grants help emerging Māori artists and arts practitioners to:

  • research and create work
  • present and distribute their work nationally and internationally.
  • develop skills including mentoring, internships, residencies workshops and conferences
  • undertake community or collaborative projects
  • undertake projects with international connections
  • publish catalogues, monographs, journals, books and critical writing

What we don't fund

Creative New Zealand does not fund:

  • projects and activities that are able to be funded by other government agencies or local authorities
  • game design, fashion design or commercial design
  • education resources and activities that are part of a course of study
  • content for television, radio or film
  • marae restoration or adornments such as whakairo, tukutuku and kōwhaiwhai.
  • buying capital items
  • buying or renovating buildings
  • an organisation's ongoing administration or infrastructure costs, except through our investment programmes. 

Funding limits

Up to four Toi Tipu Toi Rea grants of up to $7,500 each may be offered in any one funding round. Lower limits apply to these activities:

  • mentoring: $5000
  • websites: $5000 for developing a new site; $5000 for placing work on an established site

Ngā Toi Māori activities

Our priorities

We are particularly interested in activities that support people to learn tā moko, tārai waka (especially ocean voyaging and navigation) and traditional Māori games. Examples include publications, learning wānanga and wānanga tohunga (experts’ symposiums), and mentoring.

We are also interested in projects or programmes of activity that:

  • are by, with or for young people up to the age of 18
  • involve the innovative and cost-effective use of digital technologies to create high-quality New Zealand work and/or to engage and interact with audiences.

Other activities we support

We can also fund a range of other activities.

Developing or presenting work

  • the creation, development and presentation of new New Zealand work
  • commissions resulting in works that are ready for an initial public presentation 
  • exhibiting Māori work within New Zealand
  • rehearsing and presenting premiere theatre and dance productions to New Zealand audiences
  • touring of theatre or dance or music productions within New Zealand 
  • new recordings
  • literary publishing 

Note: If you are applying for funding for the premiere of a New Zealand performing arts work, we recommend that you include up to $5,000 in your budget to make a high-quality digital recording to  document it. We are more likely to fund this if experienced digital arts practitioner is involved.

Developing skills and audiences

  • development of Māori artists and their work across all forms of contemporary arts practice, including theatre, music, dance, literature, visual arts, rāranga, whakairo, media arts, sculpture, painting, clay, ceramics, fibre, jewellery, printmaking, photography, drawing, and installation
  • mentoring and internships (applications must be made by mentees. Not mentors)
  • workshops, wānanga, fono, forums, masterclasses, seminars and other opportunities for creative and professional development for indigenous and Māori artists and practitioners
  • initiatives for audience development

Projects with international connections

  • international tours or presentations
  • international opportunities for professionalor creative development for Māori artists and practitioners

Other Ngā Toi Māori projects

  • community arts projects that focus on professional artists and practitioners working with communities, or that have regional or national significance
  • publication of exhibition catalogues and critical writing about Māori artists and their art
  • indigenous links, such as Māori artists working in collaboration with indigenous people of the Pacific Islands and other nations
  • documentary or archival projects that focus on Ngā toi Māori or artists
  • residencies (New Zealand residencies applications must be made by the host organisation)

Examples of cultural arts practices that may be supported

  • marae arts: wānanga that pass on the knowledge and skills of traditional Māori marae arts, including:
    • karanga, whaikōrero, te reo Māori, mōteatea and pao
    • the weaving of whāriki and whatukākahu
  • waka
    • creation of waka
    • artistic adornment of traditional waka
  • te reo Māori: projects that promote and strengthen the use of te reo, including:
    • books
    • recordings, for example of songs, stories, kīwaha and pepeha
    • theatre productions
    • wānanga reo

3. Make an application

Downloads (application forms and criteria)

Register or Log in

How to apply

To apply for Toi Tipu Toi Rea:

  1. Start your application online under Quick Response (you may need to register first). Applications open six weeks before the closing date.
  2. Gather artistic support material.
  3. Prepare a budget using the budget template in the online application portal.  See the budget guidelines above.
  4. Submit your application online by 5pm on the closing date.

Login or register to apply online.

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.

Māori and Pacific Arts assessment

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

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

5. Notification of results

Five weeks after the closing date we will email all applicants of the result.

  • For the 9 February 2018 round we will notify you on Friday 16 March 2018.
  • For the 22 June 2018 round we will notify you on Friday 27 July 2018
  • For the 9 November 2018 round we will notify you on Friday 14 December 2018

We also list successful applicants at who got funded

If you are successful we will email you about:

  • your funding agreement
  • payment schedule
  • reporting requirements.

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.

Project Completion Report template (doc 266KB)

7. Who to contact

For more information or advice: