Ngā Taonga Toi a Te Waka Toi 2020 (Te Waka Toi Awards)

The 34th annual Ngā Taonga Toi a Te Waka Toi (Te Waka Toi Awards) will celebrate and recognise the artistic excellence, achievement and contribution of Māori artists working in customary and contemporary Māori arts. Three of these awards are open for public nomination.

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10 Jul 2020

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1. Check your eligibility

Who can be nominated

Nominees must:

  • be a tangata whenua Māori artist working across one or more artforms (either customary or contemporary)
  • be a New Zealand citizen or New Zealand permanent resident
  • have a track-record of excellence and achievement and show potential for contributing to the further development of ngā toi Māori in New Zealand
  • not be a previous recipient of the award in the same award category. See all previous award recipients

Who can make a nomination

  • Anyone may make a nomination.
  • Artists may also nominate themselves.
  • Employees of Creative New Zealand and members of the Arts Council may not make nominations.

2. See what's funded

Purpose

Ngā Taonga Toi a Te Waka Toi, the annual Te Waka Toi Awards, celebrate and recognise the artistic excellence, achievement and contribution of Māori artists working in customary and contemporary Māori arts in Aotearoa.

Creative New Zealand makes awards in five award categories:

  • Te Tohu Aroha mō Te Arikinui Dame Te Atairangikaahu | Exemplary/Supreme Award – 1 recipient.
  • Ngā Tohu ā Tā Kingi Ihaka | Sir Kingi Ihaka Awards recognising lifetime contribution – 2 recipients.
  • Ngā Tohu Hautūtanga Auaha Toi – Making a Difference Award (previously Te Tohu Toi Kē a Te Waka Toi ) – 3 recipients.
  • Ngā Manu Pīrere – 3 recipients.
  • Te Tohu Iho Pūmanawa – 1 recipients.

Previous Te Waka Toi Award winners

Three award categories are open to public nomination:

Ngā Tohu Hautūtanga Auaha Toi – Making a Difference

(previously Te Tohu Toi Kē a Te Waka Toi)

For: Recognises leadership and outstanding contribution to the development of new directions in Māori art.
Amount: $10,000 – 3 recipients.

The recipients' work will:

  • have received high acclaim
  • be innovative and challenging, broadening perceptions of Māori art
  • have provided inspiration and new directions in Māori art
  • affirms the mana of Māori art.

Ngā Manu Pīrere

For: Recognises an emerging artist showing promise and potential in their chosen artform. The purpose of the award is to recognise achievement at this developmental stage, supporting the artist to develop their arts career in their chosen field.
Amount: $10,000 – 3 recipients.

The recipients will:

  • be emerging artists who are at the early stages of their careers, post-secondary school and under 25 years old.

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).

Te Tohu Iho Pūmanawa

For: Recognises the contribution of a Māori artist with the lived experience of disability to the standing, and standard of Māori arts in New Zealand and/or globally.
Amount: $10,000 – 1 recipient.

The recipient will:

  • be an artist or arts practitioner whose work, influence and commitment has raised the standards, expectations and reputation of Māori arts and artists
  • be an artist of any art form or work in arts management
  • have made an ongoing contribution to a local, national or global success story.

There are two awards that are not open for public nominations but are managed internally by Creative New Zealand. These are listed below.

Te Tohu Aroha mō Te Arikinui Dame Te Atairangikaahu | Exemplary/Supreme Award

Not for public nomination

For: Awarded to a Māori artist in recognition of their exemplary contribution to the development of ngā toi Māori.
Amount: $25,000 – 1 recipient.

The recipient will have:

  • demonstrated excellence in a Māori artform
  • been acknowledged nationally and/or internationally for their contribution to, and achievement in, a Māori artform and to the arts in general
  • demonstrated a commitment to sharing and passing on artistic knowledge, experience and skills to enrich others, particularly their own people
  • caused the raising of standards and expectations in a Māori artform
  • inspired and motivated others.

Ngā Tohu ā Tā Kingi Ihaka | Sir Kingi Ihaka Awards recognising lifetime contribution

Not for public nomination

For: Awarded to pakeke artists in recognition of their contribution to strengthening the continuity of Māori culture through their support of ngā toi Māori.
Amount: $15,000 – 2 recipients.

The recipients will:

  • be Pakeke/Kaumātua
  • have provided services encouraging participation in Māori arts, knowledge of Māori art traditions and practices, and support of Māori arts development
  • have played a role in strengthening the continuity of Māori art and culture through their knowledge and support of a Māori artform
  • have an extensive knowledge of a Māori artform and have demonstrated their willingness to share their knowledge, skills and experiences to enrich others.

3. Make an application

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How to nominate an artist

To nominate an artist:

  • Download and complete the Ngā Taonga Toi a Te Waka Toi 2020 nomination form above.
  • Prepare or gather support material, including letters of support. Note no hard copy support material can be accepted. 
  • Email your nomination form together with all supporting material to TeWakaToiAwards@creativenz.govt.nz by 1pm on 10 July 2020. (No late nominations will be accepted.)

You can only nominate one artist per category. Complete a separate nomination form for each category.

Support material

You must read our Support Material Guidelines before you start your nomination.

Be aware that:

  • if your support material isn’t supplied in the correct format it won’t be included with your nomination
  • your nomination should have no more than five attached documents in total
  • we do not accept support material supplied via cloud storage services such as Dropbox and Google Docs
  • no hard copy support material can be accepted. 

Support material could include:

  • letters of support from up to three relevant referees
  • articles
  • reviews and examples of the nominee’s work
  • copies of visual material (not originals) should be provided in the accepted format.

4. Assessing applications

What we assess nominations on

Mātauranga Māori / People

We look for the following indicators:

Strategic Fit - how well does the nominee honour the purpose of the award?

We look for the following indicators:

Ngā Tohu Hautūtanga Auaha Toi - Making a Difference

The nominee(s) has:

  • shown significant commitment to maintaining or developing their artform and a compelling track record of achievement
  • demonstrated innovation within their artform.
Ngā Manu Pīrere
  • The nominee(s) has shown promise and potential in their artform.
  • The benefits of this opportunity to the nominee(s) future career are likely to be significant.
Te Tohu Iho Pūmanawa

The nominee(s) has:

  • made a special contribution to their artform and/or arts community
  • produced work that has raised the standards and expectations of Māori arts locally, nationally or globally.

The two awards that are not open for public nominations but are managed internally by Creative New Zealand are assessed in the same way as those open to public nomination, as follows:

Te Tohu Aroha mō Te Arikinui Dame Te Atairangikaahu | Exemplary/Supreme Award

Not for public nomination

 The nominee(s) has:

  • demonstrated excellence in their Māori artform
  • demonstrated a commitment to sharing and passing on artistic knowledge, experience and skills to enrich others, particularly their own people
  • raised the standards and expectations of Māori arts locally, nationally or globally through their work.
Ngā Tohu ā Tā Kingi Ihaka | Sir Kingi Ihaka Awards recognising lifetime contribution

Not for public nomination

The nominee(s) has:

  • shown a significant contribution to encouraging participation in Māori arts, knowledge of Māori art traditions and practices, and support of Māori arts development
  • strengthened the continuity of Māori art and culture through their knowledge and support of a Māori artform
  • demonstrated a commitment to sharing and passing on artistic knowledge, experience and skills to enrich others.

Scoring nominations

Our assessors use the following assessment scale to score Mātauranga Māori/People and Strategic Fit:

5 – Excellent - Exceeds both indicators
4 – Very good - Exceeds one indicator
3 – Acceptable - Satisfies both indicators
2 – Weak - Satisfies one indicator
1 – Unacceptable - Does not meet either indicator

Who assesses your nomination

Nominations are assessed by an external panel who are convened for these awards. The panel will comprise of registered peer assessors who are senior Māori artists and practitioners.  Recommendations are forwarded to the Arts Council’s Komiti Māori for approval.

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

Notification

The recipients of the awards will be contacted following the approval of the recommended recipients in late August by the Arts Council’s Komiti Māori.

Public announcement

The awards are announced in a media release. We will list award recipients on our website.

See all Te Waka Toi award winners

Awards presentation 

Ngā Taonga Toi a Te Waka Toi2020, Te Waka Toi Awards, will be presented in November to celebrate ngā toi Māori artists. The event will have a strong online element, utilising digital platforms, given the impacts of COVID-19. Further details will be provided closer to the event.

6. On completion

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

7. Who to contact

For more information or advice email funding@creativenz.govt.nz​