Māori Arts Presentation Fund

This fund supports contemporary Ngā Toi Māori work to tour regions in New Zealand with a significant Māori population. Areas to be toured should be outside Auckland and Wellington central business districts.


$150,000 towards at least three projects
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Funding rounds

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Round 1
6 Sep 2019, 12pm

1. Check your eligibility

Who can apply

To apply for the Māori Arts Presentation Fund, you must be:

  • Māori, and your proposed project must be managed or directed by Māori
  • a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident (each individual)

If an organisation is applying for funding on behalf of an individual, that person must also be Māori.

New Zealand‐based organisations can apply but the organisation must be owned and managed by Māori.

If you are an arts organisation or NZ artist based overseas you can apply. But, the application must:

  • show direct benefit to NZ arts
  • be accompanied by a letter of endorsement from a well-established artist or arts organisation based in New Zealand.

Project timing

The work must be tour-ready and the touring party must be tour-capable.

Your project, or the stage of it for which you are seeking funding, must:

  • start after Friday 15 November 2019
  • be completed within 12 months of us offering you the grant.

Benefits and track record

To be eligible for Creative New Zealand funding:

  • 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.

If you don't have the track record we're looking for, you may be able to get funding through the Creative Communities Scheme

How often you can apply

You can make one application in this funding round.

Reapplying for the same project

You can only reapply for the same project if you have written permission from the Manager, Funding Services. Contact Funding Services first to see if your application would be eligible for re-submission.

Other Creative New Zealand funding

The work for touring must not have previously received Creative New Zealand support to tour to the area(s) proposed.

Your project cannot have received funding from any other Creative New Zealand programme or initiative, including the Creative Communities Scheme, our international and capability building initiatives and investment programmes.

Late reports and breaches of agreements

We cannot fund you if you, your organisation, or key 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.

2. See what's funded


The objectives of the fund are to support arts producers/presenters to tour work created by Māori artists and practitioners to areas with high-density Māori populations (above 10%) which are outside the Auckland and Wellington central business districts.

The total fund of $150,000 will be allocated to support a minimum of three projects.

Activities funded

The fund supports Māori:

  • performing arts presentations such as contemporary dance, hip-hop dance, Māori theatre works and music programmes created and presented by Māori musicians
  • visual arts and craft/object arts exhibitions including mahi toi tuku iho (heritage arts such as whakairo, rāranga) arts exhibitions.

This fund does not support literature or kapa haka projects.

Costs covered

Performing arts (theatre, dance and music)

The fund contributes towards the following touring expenses:

  • Artist fees.
  • Travel.
  • Freight.
  • Venue hire.
  • Re-mounting.
  • Artists' and practitioners' accommodation.
  • Tour marketing and promotion.
  • Administration costs of the producer (limited to 15% of the total grant).

Visual arts and craft/object arts

The fund contributes towards the following touring expenses:

  • Crating and freight for the exhibited work.
  • Catalogue production.
  • Tour marketing and promotion.
  • Administration costs of the producer/tour organiser (limited to 15% of the total grant).

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.
  • Activities that are associated with the 2020 Festival of Pacific Arts and Culture (as funding has been provided through the selection of the official Aotearoa Delegation).
  • Game design, fashion design or commercial design.
  • Education resources and activities that are part of a course of study in New Zealand.
  • Marae restoration or adornments such as whakairo, tukutuku and kōwhaiwhai.
  • 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. Applications can be made to the Publishers Association of New Zealand.
  • 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

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How to apply

  1. Start your application online (you may need to register first). 
  2. Gather support material.
  3. Prepare a budget using the budget template in the online application portal or the Excel template supplied in the Budget Guidelines
  4. Submit your application online by 5pm on the closing date.​

4. Assessing applications

What we assess your application on


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

  • The work is tour-ready with a high-quality track-record of presentation.
  • The work is well suited to the proposed venues it is touring to.
  • Audience development plans are well thought through.


Can your idea be achieved well? We look for the following indicators:

  • The process to achieve the idea is realistic and well planned.
  • Costs and revenue are realistic.
  • The budget is thorough and accurate.
  • The people involved have sufficient experience to deliver this project.

Strategic fit

Is there a good fit with the purpose of this fund? We look for the following indicators:

  • The participant or audience experience is likely to be high quality.
  • The project delivers to regional and local communities with a high Māori population.
  • Mātauranga Māori is evident in the practice & results of this project.

Scoring your application

This assessment scale is used to score your application:

7 – Excellent – Exceeds all indicators
6 – Very Good – Satisfies all indicators and exceeds in two
5 – Good – Satisfies all indicators and exceeds in one
4 – Acceptable – Satisfies all indicators
3 – Minor reservations – Satisfies two indicators only
2 – Major reservations – Satisfies one indicator only
1 – Unacceptable – Does not meet the indicators

Who assesses your application

External Māori peer assessors will assess your application. Recommendations are made to Creative New Zealand’s Senior Manager for Arts Development Services for a decision.

Nominate peer assessors for our funding programmes

You can nominate external peer assessors, whose role is to evaluate a range of applications made for our funding programmes and initiatives against specific criteria.

Peer Assessor nomination form (doc 167KB)

Peer Assessor terms and conditions (pdf 259KB)

5. Notification of results

We will email all applicants their result ten weeks after the application closing date. We will notify applicants on Friday 15 November 2019.

We also list successful applicants on Who got funded

If you are successful, we will contact you about your:

  • funding agreement
  • payment schedule
  • reporting requirements.

6. On completion

A project completion report is required within 12 weeks of the project end date using the report template. To be considered for further funding, your report needs to be submitted on time.

Login or register to report online

7. Who to contact

For more information or advice:

Phone: 0800 273 284
Email: funding@creativenz.govt.nz