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Call for nominations: Cook Islands and Tokelau representatives for Pacific Arts Committee

19 Oct 2011

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Creative New Zealand is calling for nominations for new representatives from the Cook Islands and Tokelau communities, for its Pacific Arts Committee.

Creative New Zealand is calling for nominations for new representatives from the Cook Islands and Tokelau communities, for its Pacific Arts Committee.

Creative New Zealand is the national development agency for the arts. It is responsible for supporting the arts of the Pacific peoples of New Zealand.

The Pacific Arts Committee provides advice and makes funding recommendations to Creative New Zealand’s Arts Board.  

The eight-member committee meets four times a year and is made up of representatives from the seven main Pacific Islands groups; Samoa, Fiji, Tonga, Niue, Cook Islands, Tokelau, Tuvalu and the chairperson, who is also a member of the Creative New Zealand Arts Board.

Pele Walker, Chair of the Pacific Arts Committee, says the committee supports and celebrates both the heritage and contemporary arts of Pacific communities.

“The Pacific Arts Committee works to support a vibrant and vital Pacific arts culture in New Zealand. As well as allocating grants to a range of projects, the Pacific Arts Committee establishes special initiatives such as artform development workshops, the annual Arts Pasifika Awards, an artist-in-residency programme and funding information forums.”

Skills, knowledge and experience

People nominated to become members of the Creative New Zealand Pacific Arts Committee should have the following:

· a passion and a vision for the development of Pacific arts in New Zealand

· a strong background and understanding of Pacific contemporary, heritage or community arts (preference will be given to those with significant experience as a practising artist or arts administrator)

· strong knowledge of Tokelau culture and way of life and preferably some level of proficiency in the Tokelauan language OR strong knowledge of Cook Islands culture and way of life and some level of proficiency in a Cook Islands language

· good communication skills including an ability and confidence to contribute to team discussions

· an understanding of arts project planning

· established networks and endorsement from their community within New Zealand

· knowledge of the issues facing Pacific artists and groups in their development

· an understanding of the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi.

Nomination Form

You can download a nomination form here or type ‘nomination’ into the search window on Creative New Zealand’s website www.creativenz.govt.nz

Referees

Applications must include two references from arts or community representatives supporting the nomination to the Pacific Arts Committee.

Closing Date

The closing date for nominations is 5pm Friday 18th November, 2011

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