Ka Hao Te Rangatahi (Youth Ambassador Leadership Programme) for the Festival of Pacific Arts and Culture 2020

A small delegation of Māori and Pasifika youth ambassadors will be selected to participate in the Youth Ambassador Leadership Programme at the Festival of Pacific Arts and Culture (FestPAC) in Hawai’i in June 2020.


Flights, land transport, accommodation, meals and a daily per diem. Reasonable costs to participate in pre and post Festival activities
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Round 1
1 Mar 2019, 1pm

1. Check your eligibility

Ngā tāngata e tika ana - Who can apply?

  • You must be of Māori or Pasifika descent and must have been based in New Zealand for at least 12 months.
  • You must be between the ages of 18 and 25 years as at June 2020.
  • You must be a NZ citizen or permanent resident.

Ngā taiepa - Late reports and breaches of agreements

We cannot consider your application for FestPAC if you:

  • 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.

Ngā tūtohu māraurau - Eligibility for Ka Hao te Rangatahi

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

I am:

  • of Māori or Pasifika descent
  • between the ages of 18 and 25 years as at June 2020
  • a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident 
  • in possession of (or will have) a current Passport(s) valid until January 2021
  • eligible to obtain a USA visa for travelling to Hawai’i (see more information at US Visa FAQs)
  • without any current or previous criminal convictions that could impact on travel or the mana of the Aotearoa New Zealand delegation and the FestPAC
  • in reasonably good health and will be comfortable in humid and hot conditions (i.e. 30+ Celsius)
  • prepared to participate in the FestPAC programme for the full duration of the event (10 – 20 June 2020) with some allowance for around 2-3 days travel to and from Hawai’i either side of the Festival
  • prepared to participate in the FestPAC pre and post activities outlined below under ‘Your Commitment’.

2. See what's funded

Te Kaupapa – The purpose

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

Alongside the Aotearoa New Zealand artist delegation at FestPAC 2020, we also have an opportunity for rangatahi (youth) of Māori or Pasifika descent to attend the festival to participate in the Youth Ambassador Leadership Programme.

The programme will involve youth from across the invited 28 Pacific nations, including Taiwan. Culture and leadership will be explored and international relations and issues will be discussed and debated. A focus on youth is a new feature of the festival and we are excited to select our finest youth to participate in this opportunity.

The name for this initiative 'Ka hao te rangatahi' derives from the whakataukī Ka pū te ruha, ka hao te rangatahi - as our elders and leaders age and pass on, the voids they leave behind are fulfilled by our rangatahi who collaboratively (with our elders) weave together the future for generations to come.

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’s a government to government initiative that began in Fiji in 1972. 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.

More information at festpac-hawaii2020.org

Ngā Kaupapa Whakarae - Festival themes

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?

We’re looking for Māori and Pasifika rangatahi who are:

  • exemplary individuals with a track record of demonstrating leadership within their communities
  • cultural ambassadors and/or possess ambassadorial qualities
  • interested in, and have some understanding of issues of the Pacific and indigenous peoples more broadly
  • highly motivated, confident and enthusiastic about international relations and connections
  • connected to their marae, hapū and iwi OR motu/villages and have considered ways to share the learnings and experience from this opportunity with their communities.

Note: Rangatahi applicants do not have to be artists to apply, as we are already taking artists in the delegation. Rangatahi applicants will be cultural ambassadors who are concerned with cultural issues e.g. language, culture, art, environment, politics, society.

Ngā Takohanga – Your Commitment

The Youth Ambassador Leadership Programme is still in design, however in addition to fully participating in the FestPAC programme in 2020, you must commit to attending the following activities. Dates will not be confirmed until May 2019 and these activities are subject to change:

  • Attendance at a one-day hui with a youth-focused kaupapa in Aotearoa New Zealand during 2019 or 2020 as part of the lead-up to the festival.
  • Attendance at a pre-festival event in Hawai’i to convene with the Youth Ambassador Leadership Programme Director and youth from Hawai’i.
  • Participation in a one-day post-festival Youth Ambassadors event in Aotearoa New Zealand to consider next steps and working with agencies, communities and groups to continue progressing ideas and initiatives.

He aha ngā hua? What do successful applicants receive?

Rangatahi delegates will be fully funded to attend the festival plus the additional activities outlined in the above ‘Your Commitment’ section. This includes:

  • return flights
  • accommodation
  • ground transport 
  • meals
  • a small per diem each day of the festival and for the pre-festival event in Hawai’i.

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

The festival dates are 10 – 20 June 2020. Delegates will need to factor in 2 – 3 days to travel to and from Hawai’i. 

3. Make an application

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How to apply:

  • Start your application online (you may need to register first)
  • Gather support material
  • Submit your application online by 5pm on the closing date.

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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 idea and strategic fit criteria below. Pasifika applicants will be assessed by appropriate Pasifika leaders/practitioners and Māori applicants will be assessed by Māori leaders/practitioners. One Creative New Zealand staff member from the FestPAC project team will also assess your application.
  3. External assessors and the FestPAC project team will then agree a recommended list of rangatahi delegates at a panel meeting and make recommendations to Creative New Zealand’s Arts Council who make the final decision on the full delegation to FestPAC.

Ngā wāhanga whakamātau - What we assess your application on

Your ideas on leadership

We look for the following indicators:

  • You demonstrate an effective understanding of leadership.
  • You display both interest in, and understanding of issues of the Pacific and indigenous peoples more broadly.
  • You have a track record of demonstrating leadership within your community.

Strategic fit

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

  • You show an understanding of the cultural ambassadorial qualities to make lasting international connections.
  • That taking up this opportunity is likely to have a significant impact on your future.
  • You are well-positioned to share your learnings with your communities.

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 selected to be part the programme.

If you are successful we will email you:

  • your agreement
  • reporting requirements
  • documentation requirements and deadlines to provide these to us
  • your 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: