Ngā Taonga Toi a Te Waka Toi 2022 (Te Waka Toi Awards)

The 36th 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.

Amount:

Varies by award
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Funding rounds

Status:
Opening dates:
Closing dates:
Notification dates:
Round 1
Open
9 May 2022, 12pm
27 Jun 2022, 1pm
19 Aug 2022

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 or be nominated.

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.

There are 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 recipient.

Previous Te Waka Toi Award winners

Three of these award categories are open to public nomination:

Ngā Tohu Hautūtanga Auaha Toi – Making a Difference Award

(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.

To be nominated, a person needs to:

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

To be nominated, a person needs to:

  • be under 25 years old on the nomination closing date of 27 June
  • be an emerging artist who is at the early stages of their career, having left secondary school
  • have received recognition for the public presentation of at least one work in the area of arts practice for which they are applying for funding
  • be recognised by peers or experts in the artist’s area of arts practice, which can include kaumātua or kuia, or other people of standing within the artist’s community
  • have specialised training or practical experience in their area of arts practice (training need not have been at an academic institution).

Notes:

  • A collective (up to three emerging artists, post-secondary school and under 25 years old on the closing date) can be nominated or self-nominate for this award, with the $10,000 award monies shared between collective members.
  • Artists can be nominated or self-nominate for this award to fund a project in one or a combination of the artforms below:
    • Māori arts – visual and craft/object, performing (eg. 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.

To be nominated, a person needs to:

  • 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 artform or work in arts management
  • have made an ongoing contribution to a local, national or global success story.

The other two award categories are not open for public nominations, they are managed internally by Creative New Zealand. They 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 award 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 award 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


How to make a nomination

  1. Check that the artist meets the award category criteria listed above. You can only nominate one artist for each award category.

    You may also want to prepare or gather support material, including letters of support or endorsement, at this point.
     
  2. Complete and submit the online Nomination Form - it will automatically be sent to Creative New Zealand. Ensure you submit this by 1pm on Monday 27 June 2022. Note, no late nominations or late support material will be accepted.
     
  3. Email any supporting material to TeWakaToiAwards@creativenz.govt.nz (include the nominee name in the subject line). All supporting material needs to be within one email per nomination. Ensure you email this by 1pm on Monday 27 June 2022.
     
  4. To nominate another artist for another award category complete another nomination form and email any support material.

Support material

Support material could include:

  • letters of support and/or endorsement of the nomination from up to three relevant referees
  • articles, critic reviews in newspapers, magazines, on websites
  • examples of the nominee’s artistic work.

Note:

  • You can send up to five items of support material (including attachments and web-links) in total, any more will not be considered part of your nomination. Combine material into one file type (for example, including scanned letters in one Word or pdf document).
  • We cannot accept hard copy support material.

Attaching your support material to your email

  • The maximum file size you can email is 10 MB (the total of all attachments).
  • We don’t accept documents provided via web-links to Google Docs, Google Drive or Drop-box.
  • We can only accept music, video and other file formats via a web-link (see below).

You can send support material in the following file formats: 

  • .pdf
  • .doc or .docx (Word)
  • .xls or .xlsx (Excel)
  • .png, .jpg, .jpeg (images)
  • .txt.

Web-links

We prefer that you supply a web-link (URL) to where artistic support material may be viewed or heard.

  • The URL needs to be a direct link to where your material can be viewed or played online and must not require further navigation, logins, or for a file to be downloaded. Video platforms we recommend:  
    • YouTube – select ‘unlisted’ under ‘Visibility’  
    • Vimeo – select ‘unlisted’ on the ‘Privacy’ tab 
  • Video and audio files must not exceed 5 minutes in length.
  • If the URL requires a password to access, make sure you include the password in the nomination email.
  • Be sure to regularly check that the URLs you provided are working throughout the assessment period, as we take no responsibility if the link does not work.

4. Assessing applications

What we assess nominations on

Mātauranga Māori/People

We look for the following indicators:

  • Mātauranga Māori is evident in the practice of the nominee’s work.
  • Mātauranga Māori is evident in the results of the nominee’s work.

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 Award

The nominee has:

  • shown significant commitment to maintaining or developing their artform and a compelling track record of achievement
  • demonstrated innovation and leadership within their artform.
Ngā Manu Pīrere

The nominee:

  • has shown promise and potential in their artform.
  • will likely benefit significantly from this opportunity in their future career.
Te Tohu Iho Pūmanawa

The nominee 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 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 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 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)

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

5. Notification of results

Notification

We will contact award recipients in late August, once the Arts Council’s Kōmiti Māori has approved the recommendations.

Please note that we are unable to provide feedback on nominations.

Public announcement

We will publicly announce the award recipients later in the year in a news item that will be published on our website, shared with media and promoted on social media. We will also list award recipients on our website.

See all Te Waka Toi winners

Awards presentation

Ngā Taonga Toi a Te Waka Toi 2022, Te Waka Toi Awards, will be presented in November 2022.

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 TeWakaToiAwards@creativenz.govt.nz