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Strong interest in Creative New Zealand’s investment programmes

31 Jul 2013

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Creative New Zealand has received 42 applications requesting more than $16 million over three years for the highly contested Toi Uru Kahikatea (Arts Development) investment programme. 

Creative New Zealand’s Toi Uru Kahikatea and the complementary Toi Tōtara Haemata (Arts Leadership) investment programmes provide multi-year funding of up to three and five years respectively to artists, arts practitioners and arts organisations.

Creative New Zealand has also called for proposals to fulfil specific key roles in theatre and Māori arts (Ngā Toi Māori) under the Toi Tōtara Haemata programme.

Funding decisions will be made by Creative New Zealand’s funding bodies, the Arts Board, Te Waka Toi (Māori Arts Board) and the Pacific Arts Committee.

The two new programmes took effect in 2012 with almost 80 organisations now being funded through them, including some receiving multi-year funding for the first time.

“We introduced Toi Uru Kahikatea and Toi Tōtara Haemata to provide both flexibility and stability to our funding and open up the opportunity for new organisations to apply for multi-year funding,” said Creative New Zealand Chief Executive Stephen Wainwright.

“We want to ensure that we fund the best organisations to succeed while regularly reviewing the environment for each artform to ensure we are responding to changing funding priorities,” he said.

In addition to providing funding for arts activities, Creative New Zealand also offers organisations in these programmes the chance to take part in capability building initiatives such as audience development, fundraising, touring, strategic planning and governance.  

“This combination of programmes is aimed at helping the development of a strong and resilient arts sector in New Zealand,” Mr Wainwright said.

Creative New Zealand is currently assessing all applications.  This includes an evaluation of the artistic strength and budget of each application by staff and up to three peer assessors from the arts community.   

A strategic fit assessment is also made by staff and at least two members of an external investment advisory panel.  This panel assists with developing funding recommendations for Creative New Zealand’s funding bodies.

Peer assessors and panel members are not employees of Creative New Zealand, but have experience and knowledge of an area of arts practice such as music, visual arts or literature.

Despite the closure of Creative New Zealand’s Wellington office, as a result of the recent earthquakes in Wellington, all funding rounds are continuing as planned.  An announcement of the successful applicants for this round will be made in early September.