Aotearoa delegation to the Festival of Pacific Arts and Culture 2020

A delegation of Māori and contemporary Pasifika artists will be selected to represent Aotearoa New Zealand at the Festival of Pacific Arts and Culture (FestPAC) in Hawai'i in June 2020. All delegates are required to present or exhibit work at the festival.


Flights, land transport, accommodation, meals and a daily per diem. Funding can be sought to create or redevelop a work to present or exhibit at the festival.
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Funding rounds

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Notification dates:
Round 1
1 Mar 2019, 1pm

1. Check your eligibility

Tāhuhu tangata - Benefits and track record

To be eligible:

  • your project or activities must directly benefit New Zealand arts, artists or practitioners.
  • you must have a track record of experience and success - this means you must have:
    • recognition from peers or experts
    • achieved a degree of critical or sales success
    • specialised training or practical experience.


Be a recognised emerging artist.

Ngā tāngata e tika ana - Who can apply?

  • You must be an artist of Māori descent or a contemporary artist of Pasifika descent who is New Zealand (NZ) based (must have been based in New Zealand for at least 12 months)
  • You must be NZ citizens or permanent residents
  • You can apply as individuals or a collective who are established or emerging
  • You must demonstrate elements of mātauranga Māori and/or Kaupapa Pasifika in your art form and/or practice
  • You must be 18 years or over at the time of the festival (June 2020)

Ngā taiepa - Late reports and breaches of agreements

We cannot consider your application for FestPAC if you, your collective, or 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.

Pūtea kē atu - Other Creative New Zealand funding

You are not able to apply for additional funding towards your project from any other Creative New Zealand programme or initiative, including Arts Grants, Quick Response, the Creative Communities Scheme, our international and capability building initiatives and investment programmes.

Organisations in the Toi Tōtara Haemata and Toi Uru Kahikatea investment programmes are eligible but the project must not duplicate current funding with Creative New Zealand.

Ngā tūtohu māraurau - Eligibility for FestPAC 2020

You must be able to answer Yes to the following questions to be eligible.

Me, the collective, and all members of my team:

  • are of Māori or Pasifika descent
  • are NOT applying as a kapa haka practitioner or collective (as the delegation will already have kapa haka representation)
  • are NOT applying to present a Pacific heritage work (as this artform will be represented by other Pacific nations)
  • are 18 years or over at the time of the Festival in June 2020
  • are a New Zealand citizen(s), permanent resident(s) or a New Zealand-based group or collective
  • meet the track record requirements of Creative New Zealand, including emerging artists
  • have (or will have) a current Passport(s) valid until January 2021
  • are eligible to obtain a USA visa for travelling to Hawai'i (see more information at US Visa FAQs)
  • have no current or previous criminal convictions that could impact on travel or the mana of the Aotearoa New Zealand delegation and the FestPAC
  • are in reasonably good health and will be comfortable in humid and hot conditions (i.e. 30+ Celsius).

2. See what's funded

Te kaupapa - The purpose

Kia ora! Talofa Lava! Malo e lelei! Bula Vinaka! Fakaalofa lahi atu! Kia orana! Aloha!

This opportunity will give delegates a life-changing experience of co-creating, connecting and collaborating with Pacific nations and cultures through traditional and contemporary artforms. Artists will leverage opportunities for collaboration and connection both within the festival and beyond and will be ambassadors for Aotearoa New Zealand and Māori and Pasifika arts.

Each nation's delegation has a maximum of 100 places (including artists, officials and staff).

The Aotearoa New Zealand delegation will be made of up of:

  • Māori and contemporary Pasifika artists
  • representatives of the winning Te Matatini 2019 kapa haka group
  • government officials
  • youth ambassadors
  • representatives from Creative New Zealand and festival partners.

Mō te hui ahurei - About the festival

The Festival of Pacific Arts and Culture (FestPAC) is the premier arts and culture event in Te Moana Nui a Kiwa (the Pacific) and is held every four years. The festival is the key means of the Council of Pacific Arts and Culture (CPAC) to preserve traditional arts practices in the Pacific region. It is a government to government initiative that began in Fiji in 1972 and Aotearoa has participated at every festival.

The kaupapa brings together more than 2,000 artists and other cultural practitioners from across the Pacific for cultural exchange, to share traditions and practices and to collaborate. Nā Kānaka Māoli (tangata whenua) of Hawai'i are hosting the 13th festival in 2020.

The festival dates are 10 – 20 June 2020.

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Ngā kaupapa whakarae - Festival themes

When forming the Aotearoa delegation, assessors will be looking for how artists connect their project idea to one of the key festival themes. Artists should connect their project idea to the overarching theme of the festival and the key kaupapa.

Overarching theme of the FestPAC 2020: E kū i ka hoe uli - Take hold of the steering paddle

This theme empowers the nations of the Pacific to hold fast to our paddles and be steadfast and unwavering in navigating the tides and current before us. Steer your own course.

Key kaupapa include: politics, indigenous rights, cultural identity, tourism, environmental sustainability, diaspora, youth leadership, LGBTQ, healing and history.

Ko wai e tika ana? - Who are we looking for?

The delegation will be made up of Māori and contemporary Pasifika artists and collectives. They will represent Aotearoa New Zealand on the world stage through showcasing, demonstrating and celebrating Pacific arts and culture. Delegates will be both established and emerging artists who bring innovation to their arts practice and who will participate in the exchange of traditions and knowledge with other artists.

We're looking for:

  1. Artists and collectives to present or demonstrate their artform and practice as part of the festival. There is potential to apply for funding to support creating new or redeveloping works.
  2. Rangatahi (youth) to take part in a Youth Ambassador Leadership Programme. This will be open for applications in late January 2019.

The work to be presented

Delegates must present a new work, or redevelop a current work to exhibit.

Pasifika artists' work must represent contemporary arts – traditional Pasifika arts will be presented by other Pacific nations attending the festival.

We are seeking to present a broad spectrum of Aotearoa New Zealand artists.

The work must be one or more of the following:

  • Visual arts (traditional/contemporary, photography, graphics (including digital), sculpture, pottery, painting).
  • Performing arts (traditional/contemporary song/dance/chant, traditional instruments, theatre,  whare tapere (jam house)).
  • Literary arts (publications, story-telling, oratory, poetry).
  • Traditional arts (carving, ornamentation, tattooing, weaving).

Support in Hawai'i

We cannot confirm what infrastructure, materials and technical support will be made available by the hosts for artists/collectives to present their work until October 2019. This means when preparing your project ideas and budgets you will need to consider how you can be flexible in presenting your work. An indication of potential technical requirements should be included in your application.

He aha ngā hua? What do successful applicants receive?

Delegates will be fully funded to attend the festival. This includes:

  • return flights
  • accommodation
  • ground transport
  • meals
  • a small per diem each day of the festival.

All other costs (e.g. spending money) will be the responsibility of the delegate.

The festival dates are 10 – 20 June 2020, and all delegates will need to factor in 2 – 3 days to travel to and from Hawai'i.

Pūtea tautoko - Project funding

Limited funding is available to support creating new works or redeveloping existing works to present or demonstrate for FestPAC 2020. Eligibility criteria apply for the funding aspect of this opportunity. Funding will only be considered IF the applicant is successfully selected to the delegation, and a budget must be completed within this application.

Funding limits

  • Individual artists can apply for a maximum of $5,000.
  • Collectives can apply for a maximum of $10,000.

In your application you must show evidence of the most important costs required to create/redevelop your work.

What we fund

Costs towards creating or developing work to present/demonstrate at FestPAC 2020.

Important: Check 'what we don't fund' below for what you can't apply for.

What we don't fund

  • activities that are the funding responsibility of other government agencies, eg feature films, music videos or content for radio or television
  • game design, fashion design or commercial design
  • education resources and activities that are part of a course of study in New Zealand
  • marae restoration
  • buying capital items
  • buying or renovating buildings
  • an organisation's ongoing administration or infrastructure costs, except through our investment programmes
  • international promotion of NZ literature
  • activities that are part of the core business of a Tertiary Education Organisation (TEO) or a territorial local authority (including a Council Controlled Organisation). Applications from staff or contractors of a TEO, or a TEO subsidiary, must disclose the full extent of the support they will receive from the TEO for their proposed project. Where equivalent, competing applications are received from TEO applicants, and those not, priority is given to freelance artists and practitioners.

3. Make an application

Register or Log in

How to apply:

  • start your application online (you may need to register first)
  • gather support material
  • prepare a budget using our online budget template
  • submit your application online by 5pm on the closing date.

Login or register to apply online

4. Assessing applications

Ko wai ngā kaiwhakamātau? Who assesses your application?

  1. Creative New Zealand staff will check that you meet all the eligibility criteria.
  2. Your application will then be assessed by two external peer assessors on the project idea and strategic fit. Pasifika applicants will be assessed by Pasifika arts practitioners and Māori applicants will be assessed by Māori arts practitioners. One Creative New Zealand staff member from the FestPAC project team will also assess your application on the project idea, strategic fit and viability.
  3. External assessors and the FestPAC project team will then curate the delegation at a panel meeting and make recommendations to Creative New Zealand's Arts Council who make the final decision on the delegation.

Ngā wāhanga whakamātau - What we assess your application on

Project idea

Is it a strong idea? We look for the following indicators:

  • Participation at FestPAC will meaningfully extend the applicant's artistic practice.
  • The applicant has an excellent track record OR (for emerging artists) has demonstrated potential in their area.
  • Mātauranga Māori and/or Kaupapa Pasifika is evident in the applicant's artistic practice and results of their work.
  • The work to be showcased connects meaningfully and consciously to the overarching FestPAC theme and at least one sub-theme.

Strategic fit

Does it fit with Creative New Zealand and FestPAC outcomes? We look for the following indicators:

  • The applicant demonstrates how they will leverage opportunities for future connection.
  • The applicant has clearly considered how they will create opportunities for collaboration.
  • The applicant demonstrates an awareness of what it means to represent Aotearoa New Zealand at FestPAC.

Viability (for applications that require funding)

Can it be achieved? We look for the following indicators:

  • The process to deliver the project is realistic and well planned.
  • The budget is realistic and well-conceived.
  • The people involved have sufficient experience to deliver this project.

Ngā tūtohu whakamātau - Scoring your application

This assessment scale is used to score all above criteria areas:


7---Excellent - Exceeds all indicators
6---Very Good - Satisfies all indicators and exceeds in more than one
5---Good - Satisfies all indicators and exceeds in one
4---Acceptable - Satisfies all indicators
3---Minor Reservations - Satisfies most indicators however there are minor reservations
2---Major Reservations - Satisfies some indicators however there are major reservations
1---Unacceptable - Does not meet the indicators

5. Notification of results

We will email all applicants the results by 2 May, 2019.

At the same time we also list successful applicants on who got funded

If you are successful we will email you about:

  • your funding agreement
  • payment schedule
  • reporting requirements
  • documentation requirements and deadlines to provide these to us
  • next steps.

6. On completion

A project completion report is required by Friday 31 July 2020 using the report template. To be considered for further opportunities and funding, your report needs to be submitted on time.

7. Who to contact

For more information or advice: