Ngā Manu Pīrere Awards

This annual award is for young Māori artists who are post-secondary school level and under 25 years of age. It recognizes achievement for those at an early stage of their career in the arts.


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$5,000 each (two awards)

1 Jul 2019

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1. Check your eligibility

Who can apply

To apply for the Ngā Manu Pīrere Awards 2019, you must be:

  • Māori or your proposed project must be managed or directed by Māori
  • a New Zealand (NZ) citizen or permanent resident

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

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

If you are an overseas‐based New Zealand artist or organisation you can apply. Your application must show direct benefit to New Zealand arts and you must have it endorsed by:

  • New Zealand artist(s) currently resident in New Zealand and/or
  • New Zealand‐based arts organisation(s) (must be well established).

Eligibility for Ngā Manu Pīrere 2019

These awards are offered to young Māori artists who are post-secondary school level and under 25 years of age. It is to recognise achievement for those who are at an early stage of their career in the arts.

Artists can apply for projects in the artforms below:

  • Māori arts – visual and craft/object, performing (e.g. dance, theatre, music, etc.), language and literature
  • Māori arts related area – curation, arts writing (technical or conservational). 

Previous winners are not eligible to reapply.

How often you can apply

You can make one application in this 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

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.

2. See what's funded

Two awards worth $5,000 each are offered to young Māori artists to recognise achievement for those at an early stage of their career in the arts.

The awards will be presented at Te Waka Toi awards ceremony in November 2019.

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.    Submit your application online by 5pm on the closing date.

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4. Assessing applications

What we assess your application on

Your application will be assessed on:

  • how well Mātauranga Māori is evident in the practice and results of your mahi
  • your artistic achievement to date (e.g. academic record and/or qualifications, current and past projects, awards and other credentials, etc.)
  • the strength of your goals and aspirations for Māori arts in the future.

Scoring your application

Our assessors use the following assessment scale to score:

6 or 7 - Outstanding
4 or 5 - Strong
2 or 3 - Below average 
0 or 1 - Not met

Who assesses your application

An external Māori peer assessor will assess your application. Recommendations are presented to Creative New Zealand’s Māori Committee for a decision.

5. Notification of results

We will email all applicants of their result nine weeks after the application closing date. We will notify applicants on Friday 30 August 2019.

The awards will be presented at Te Waka Toi awards in November 2019.

6. On completion

No further action is required of recipients after the awards have been presented to them.

7. Who to contact

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