The Council's work

The Arts Council meets six times a year and its meetings are guided by a formal agenda.

Significant work in 2019

  • Continuing the development of Creative New Zealand’s revised strategic framework, in preparation for a refreshed Statement of Intent from the 2019/20 year (Creative New Zealand’s medium-term strategy).
  • Continuing the roll-out of the Investment Strategy Te Ara Whakamua 2018–2023, including reviews on the Grants and Creative Communities Scheme investment categories.
  • Implementing the new Pacific Arts Strategy 2018–2023 and Te Ha o Ngā Toi–Māori Arts Strategy 2019–2024.
  • Deciding on Creative New Zealand’s three-year budget and priority activities for the 2019/20 financial year, which will support the first year of delivery to the new Statement of Intent.

The agenda

The Council’s meeting agendas are organised into the following sections.

  • Procedural items – covering meeting minutes, matters arising from those minutes, and conflicts of interest.
  • Strategic discussions – focusing on items relating to the vision, outcomes and strategic goals set out in the Statement of Intent, Creative New Zealand’s budget and the wider strategic environment.
  • Significant operational matters – including reports on programmes and deliverable areas under the annual Statement of Performance Expectations, implementation of Council strategies, and health and safety.
  • Stakeholder engagement – at most meetings, guests from the arts sector and other partners are invited to talk about their work.
  • Council as a team – where good practice governance matters are discussed.
  • Other business – an opportunity to cover any other business from members.
  • Consent agenda – including updates on specific initiatives and report-backs, legal compliance, reports from the Māori Komiti and Audit & Risk Committee, and correspondence to and from Council.

Creative New Zealand staff will usually prepare written papers or reports for the Council to consider, or provide presentations or updates in person.

Meeting dates in 2019

  • 27 February – Hamilton
  • 29 April – Wellington
  • 26 June – Wellington
  • 24 July – Wellington (special meeting)
  • 28 August – Christchurch
  • 16 October – Wellington
  • 4 December – Wellington

Post-meeting summaries 2019

29 April 2019

  • Council approved the draft Statement of Intent 2019–2029 (medium-term strategy) and Statement of Performance Expectations 2019/20 (annual plan), which will be sent to the Associate Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage for feedback. The first draft of the budget for 2019/20 and out-years was also agreed.
  • Council agreed changes to the Grants programme and the Creative Communities Scheme, following reviews against the Investment Strategy Te Ara Whakamua 2018–2023, and noted increasing demand across these programmes.
  • Council approved the delegation of Māori and New Zealand-based contemporary Pasifika artists and rangatahi leaders to represent Aotearoa, alongside 27 other Pacific nations, at the 13th Festival of Pacific Arts and Culture in Hawai’i in June 2020. Implementation progress against Te Hā o ngā Toi/Nga Toi Māori Strategy 2019–2024 and the Pacific Arts Strategy 2018–2023 was also noted.
  • Council approved a new three-year Arts in the Regions Initiative, which aims to increase opportunities and engagement for local and regional communities to experience high-quality arts; increase investment in the arts by local or regional partners; and develop high-quality arts within local and regional communities.
  • Council met with Hon Carmel Sepuloni, Associate Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage, who holds delegated responsibility for oversight and funding of Creative New Zealand.
  • Council presented a Fijian masi to Bernadette Cavanagh, Chief Executive of the Ministry for Culture & Heritage, as a symbol of the two organisations’ shared vision to strengthen and support Pasifika artists and communities in Aotearoa. The Arts Council was gifted this taonga by Fijian master artists hosted by Creative New Zealand in 2018 under the annual Pacific Cultural Exchange with Oceania.

27 February 2019

  • Council received the final version of Te Hā o Ngā Toi/Ngā Toi Māori Strategy, and complimented staff on their work on both the strategy and at Te Matatini.
  • Council had presentations from Momentum Waikato and Creative Waikato.
  • Council endorsed the work on the revised Creative New Zealand strategic framework to date, including the public value chain model.
  • Council discussed the results of the Creative Communities Scheme review and the direction of travel for the Grants review.

Post-meeting summaries 2018

5 December 2018

  • Council provided feedback on the new Te Ha o Ngā Toi–Māori Arts Strategy 2019–2024, and that the strategy was on track for finalising by the end of December 2018.
  • Council agreed on the first draft of the new strategic framework for Creative New Zealand, better reflecting the value the organisation’s work brings to New Zealanders and to Aotearoa; the draft framework will be consulted on in the first part of 2019.
  • Council heard from Dane Mitchell, New Zealand’s artist for the 58th Venice Biennale, about his work for the event.
  • Council discussed the results of the 2017/18 audit with Audit New Zealand, noting the very good audit grades given.

24 October 2018

  • Council agreed Creative New Zealand’s Annual Report for 2017/18 and noted the organisation’s achievements over the past year.
  • Council agreed to changes to the Tōtara and Kahikatea Investment programmes, following a review of these against the new Investment Strategy Te Ara Whakamua 2018-2023.
  • Council noted recent successes for New Zealand arts on the international stage; at the Edinburgh Festivals and with the opening of the Oceania exhibition in London.
  • Council received an update on the forthcoming Māori Arts Strategy, which is due to be agreed by Council in December 2018.            

29 August 2018

  • Council considered feedback from the first round of consultation on changes to the Tōtara and Kahikatea Investment programmes, and made in principle decisions as the basis for a second round of consultation in September 2018.
  • Council approved a new Pacific Arts Strategy which will help direct and prioritise Creative New Zealand’s investment in Pacific arts between 2018 and 2023, to better support the Pacific arts community.
  • Council set the final Creative New Zealand budget for the 2018/19 financial year and out-years.
  • Following its meeting, Council met with members of the Christchurch arts community and other stakeholders, funders and supporters, to network and update the sector on recent strategic work.

27 June 2018

  • Council ratified the new Mātauranga Māori Framework and received an update on the Toi Māori Strategy currently under development. The Mātauranga Māori Framework looks through a Māori lens at the potential for creativity and the potential for the arts.
  • Council agreed the draft five-year strategic direction and five-year priorities for action for the new Pacific Arts Strategy. These will form the basis for the text of the draft Strategy which will go out for consultation from late July.
  • Council noted the draft Creative New Zealand budget for 2018/19 through 2020/21. This is included in the Statement of Performance Expectations 2018/19 (Creative New Zealand’s annual plan) with a final budget to be agreed at Council’s August meeting.
  • Council approved the establishment of the Young New Zealanders in the Arts Toi Rangatahi Initiative. The Initiative will invest a further $1 million each year for five years from 2018/19 in support of young New Zealanders engagement with the arts.
  • Council noted and endorsed the recommendations for Creative New Zealand’s future support for professional theatre in Dunedin.
  • Council received an update on the 2018 Te Waka Toi Awards and agreed recipients of the Prime Minister’s Awards for Literary Achievement.

30 April 2018

  • Council discussed Creative New Zealand’s ‘value chain’ – the public value the organisation creates for New Zealand) – as part of the ongoing work across 2018 to update Creative New Zealand’s strategic and performance frameworks.
  • Council agreed the draft Statement of Performance Expectations 2018/19 (Creative New Zealand’s annual plan) for provision to the Minister, and approved the organisation’s draft Budget for 2018/19 and out-years.
  • Council welcomed a number of stakeholders to the meeting, to hear about their work: New Zealand’s presenting artist for Biennale Arte 2017 Lisa Reihana; staff from Oranga Tamariki–Ministry for Children; and Auckland Arts Festival’s leadership.
  • Council agreed significant revisions to the Governance Manual, including revised conflicts of interest guidance and updates to the Schedule of Delegations.

26 February 2018

  • Council received presentations on the results of Creative New Zealand’s major triennial research, New Zealanders and the arts and Audience Atlas, from research companies Colmar Brunton and Morris Hargreaves McIntyre.
  • Council welcomed the Asia New Zealand Foundation’s leadership to the meeting, noting the continued partnership between the Foundation and Creative New Zealand and the good work the Foundation is doing to advance the arts in the region.
  • Council noted the upcoming Ngā Toi Māori Roadshow and Pacific Arts Summit, both key opportunities to engage with the Māori and Pacific arts communities as work begins on new strategies for ngā toi Māori and Pacific arts.
  • Council welcomed the Prime Minister and Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage, Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern, to the meeting and spoke with her about the new Government’s priorities for the arts.
  • Council acknowledged and thanked Council member and Māori Komiti Chair Suzanne Ellison for her contribution to Council’s mahi, with her term set to finish on 30 April 2018.