Moana Nui a Kiva Fund

The Moana Nui a Kiva fund supports Aotearoa-based Pasifika artists to collaborate with artists and communities in Oceania to research, develop and present arts projects. This is an opportunity to exchange ideas, artistic techniques and cultural practices. This fund is offered in partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Artforms funded:

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Funding rounds

Opening dates:
Closing dates:
Notification dates:
Round 1
28 Feb 2020, 1pm

1. Check your eligibility

Who can apply

To apply for the Moana Nui a Kiva Fund, you must be:

  • a New Zealand citizen or New Zealand permanent resident.
  • an Aotearoa-based Pasifika artist working across one or more artforms (either contemporary or heritage).

Aotearoa-based Pasifika arts organisations can apply but the organisation must be owned and managed by Pasifika New Zealanders. If an organisation is applying for funding on behalf of an individual, that person must also be a Pasifika New Zealander.

Project timing

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

  • start after 8 May 2020
  • be completed by 8 May 2021

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.

For the Moana Nui a Kiva fund, applicants must also have a track-record of excellence and achievement in successful collaborations with Pacific communities and show potential for contributing to the further development of Pacific arts in Aotearoa.

For more information about track record requirements for your artform see our Funding guidelines - the artforms we support

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.

Re-applying for the same project

Email Funding Services to check whether you are eligible to resubmit a previously declined application. For more detail visit our Funding guidelines - reapplying for the same project

Other Creative New Zealand funding

  • Your project, or project phase, must not have received funding from any of our funding programmes or initiatives, including the Creative Communities Scheme.  
  • Organisations in the Toi Uru Kahikatea or Toi Totara Haemata investment programmes are not eligible to apply.
  • Does your project involve organisations in our Toi Uru Kahikatea or Toi Totara Haemata investment programmes? Do you intend to partner with, or present at one of these organisations? If so, you must supply a letter from them that outlines their contribution to the project.

Breaches of agreements

We cannot consider an application if you, your organisation, or key members of your project team are in breach of the conditions of a current funding agreement, which includes missing the deadline for reporting on a previous grant.

For more information see our Funding guidelines – breaches of agreement

2. See what's funded


The Moana Nui a Kiva Fund is a new programme developed as part of Creative New Zealand’s Pacific Arts Strategy 2018–2023. The fund aligns primarily with the ‘Moana’ pou of the strategy.  It offers short-term project funding to Aotearoa-based Pasifika artists, arts practitioners, community groups and/or arts organisations to collaborate with artists and communities in Oceania.

The Moana Nui a Kiva Fund provides support for:

  • the research, creation, and presentation of collaborative projects in Te Moana-nui-a-Kiva (Oceania)
  • creative projects between Aotearoa and Te Moana-nui-a-Kiva (Oceania).

What we fund

Projects may involve:

  • the research, creation and presentation of arts projects and/or the development of Aotearoa-based Pasifika artists’ skills
  • Pacific heritage and/or contemporary arts practices, Pacific arts and/or the use of digital platforms and technologies to engage and connect with artists and communities in Oceania and beyond.

Project themes

Projects must be themed around current issues confronting Oceania peoples including climate change, cultural identity, environmental sustainability, LGBTQI, women, youth and indigenous rights.

Costs and activities funded

  • Fees for Aotearoa-based Pasifika artists/key creatives/practitioners involved in the project.
  • Fees for Oceania-based artists/key creatives/practitioners involved in the project.
  • One return airfare per person between New Zealand and Oceania (for Aotearoa Pasifika artists/key creatives/practitioners and for Oceania-based artists/key creatives/practitioners).
  • Accommodation and ground transport in Oceania.
  • Eligible project costs – see our Funding guidelines - activity guidelines and advice

Special requirements during your project

Applications must show:

  • evidence in your proposal of experience working cross-culturally to support the teu le va concept of adorning the space with Pasifika communities to strengthen the success of your project when you are working with Oceania peoples.
  • understanding and consideration of the impact on the environment of your project in your planning
  • that you have the appropriate cultural advice, advisers and expertise for your project to succeed
  • that your budget includes appropriate levels of fees to pay for Oceania based artists and local costs.


Applications to this fund should adopt a fair remuneration approach within application budgets. For more information see our Funding guidelines - remuneration

What we don’t fund

  • Activities that another Creative New Zealand funding programme or initiative is designed to support.
  • Activities funded by other government agencies.
  • Education resources and activities that are part of a course of study in New Zealand including early learning, school or further education.
  • Game design, fashion design and commercial design.
  • Purchase of capital items, renovating or buying buildings, or restoring marae.
  • Activities that are part of the core business of a Tertiary Education Organisation (TEO).
  • Activities that are part of the core business of a territorial local authority or Council Controlled Organisation.

For more information see our Funding guidelines – what we don’t fund

Additional activity guidelines and advice

Specific requirements and guidelines apply to some activities so you must check if any are relevant to your application. For more information see our Funding guidelines - activity guidelines and advice

Email funding services if you have questions.

3. Make an application

Register or Log in

​How to apply

  1. Log in to the portal and select Moana Nui a Kiva Fund 2020.

  2. Read the Funding guidelines

  3. Prepare a budget using the budget template in the online application portal or the Excel template supplied in the budget guideline

  4. Gather support material. Read the Funding guidelines - support material

  5. Complete each question in the portal application form.

  6. Submit your application online by 1pm on the closing date.

For more information about the assessment process and criteria see our Funding guidelines - assessment

4. Assessing applications

What we assess your application on


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

  • The creative process and idea are based on an exchange of cultural knowledge and artistic practice.
  • The idea will strengthen meaningful connections to the people of the Moana and vice versa.
  • The project will develop Pacific arts in Aotearoa and Oceania.


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

  • The process to achieve the idea is realistic and well planned.
  • The budget is thorough and accurate and considers fair remuneration for practitioners involved from Aotearoa and Oceania.
  • The people involved have sufficient experience and understanding in working with Oceania peoples and cultures to deliver this project.
  • The people involved have the appropriate cultural advice and expertise for the project to succeed.

Strategic fit

Does it deliver to Creative New Zealand outcomes? We look for the following indicators:

  • The project delivers to the selected strategic outcome.
  • The project delivers to the Pacific Arts Strategy’s four pou of TAGATA, VAKA, VA and specifically MOANA – Meaningful connections between Aotearoa, Oceania and globally, ensure that Pacific arts are further enriched.
  • Kaupapa Pasifika is evident in the practice and results of the project.

Creative New Zealand strategic outcomes

In your application you must choose one of these Creative New Zealand strategic outcomes to be assessed on:

  • New Zealanders participate in the arts
  • High-quality New Zealand art is developed
  • New Zealanders experience high-quality arts
  • New Zealand arts gain international success
  • New Zealand’s arts sector is resilient.

Scoring your application

Our assessors use the following assessment scale to score Idea, Viability and Strategic Fit:

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 peer assessors will assess your application. External peer assessors are selected based on their experience in an artform and represent the diversity within our applicants. In accordance with our legislation, Māori and Pasifika assessors will be used to assess applications to our Māori and Pacific funds or artforms. Recommendations are made to Creative New Zealand’s Senior Manager for Arts Development Services and MFAT for a decision.

Nominate peer assessors for our funding programmes

External peer assessors are asked to evaluate a range of applications made to Creative New Zealand’s 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 10 weeks after the application closing date. We will notify applicants on Friday 8 May 2020.

We also list successful applicants on Who got funded

If you are successful we will also 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. To be considered for further funding, your report needs to be submitted on time.

Login to report online

7. Who to contact

For more information or advice: