Pasifika Festivals Initiative Lua

Fakaalofa lahi atu, Ni Sa Bula Vinaka, Tālofa, Kia orana, Mālō e lelei, Noa'ia, Mauri, Mālō nī, Talofa lava, Tēnā koutou katoa. This fund provides support for existing Pasifika-led festivals with a track record of success that have a long-term strategic focus. Funding can be used for building the capability needs of your organisation in the areas of governance, leadership, digital capacity and festival staffing.


Up to $30,000 plus GST
Find out who got funded recently

Artforms funded:

This content is tagged as Pacific arts .

Funding rounds

Opening dates:
Closing dates:
Notification dates:
Round 1
7 May 2021, 12pm
9 Jul 2021, 1pm
30 Jul 2021

1. Check your eligibility

Who can apply

To be eligible for Pasifika Festivals Initiative Lua you must be able to answer YES to each of the following eight questions:

  1. Do you identify as a Pasifika festival? Your festival must incorporate Pasifika music, dance and performing arts. This could be a Polyfest, community festival, or contemporary Pasifika dance or theatre festival.
  2. Is your festival Pasifika-led?
  • Led by Pasifika or artists or arts practitioners of Pasifika heritage/identity who have formal authority to make decisions in the operations and governance of the entity managing the arts project. Not all governance or senior leadership of the entity is required to be Pasifika.
  • Have a Pasifika arts, cultural and creative focus, delivering high-quality work that supports Pasifika artists, practitioners, audiences, communities, arts practice and sector development and creates space for Pasifika arts to evolve.
  1. Does your festival have a Pasifika kaupapa or framework? This is a foundation of understanding and knowledge created by Pasifika people and expressing Pasifika aspirations, values and principles. To be eligible, Kaupapa Pasifika must be evident in:
  • practice and results of the work of the organisation or entity
  • the organisation’s foundation of understanding and knowledge – created by Pasifika people and expressing Pasifika aspirations, values and principles
  • the communities the organisation serves and its empowerment of Pasifika artists, arts practitioners and Pasifika communities
  • the organisation’s expression of cultural perspectives and beliefs embodied in the values, customs, rituals, dance, song, language and cultural expressions of the individual Pasifika nations but reflecting the unique context of Aotearoa-based Pasifika communities – for example, Vaka Viti (Fijian way), Fa’a Samoa (Samoan way).

4. Are you an existing Pasifika festival that’s delivered at least one Pasifika festival since 2015?

5. Are you led by a festival organiser with a track record of success in delivering Pasifika festivals?

6. Do you have a strategic and long-term focus of three years or more?

7. Do you operate as a legal entity set up to deliver Pasifika festivals – for example, a registered charitable trust, incorporated society, limited liability company with Pasifika festivals as a core purpose?

8. Does your project deliver to one or more of the four areas?:

  • Governance.
  • Leadership.
  • Digital capacity.
  • Festival staffing*

*Note: funding to pay for a core festival team can be applied for under Tasi 21 until 31 May as part of the operational costs to support delivery of a Pasifika festival in 2021. Find out more about Tasi 21

These organisations and/or events are ineligible for Pasifika Festivals Initiative Lua:

  • Organisations currently in Creative New Zealand’s Toi Tōtara Haemata and Toi Uru Kahikatea Investment programmes.
  • Organisations that deliver Pasifika National Independence Day celebrations.
  • Pasifika language week events.
  • New Pasifika festivals that have not delivered a festival before.

Project timing

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

  • commence after date of notification which is 30 July 2021; and
  • be completed by 4 February 2022.

When applying, you will need to ensure your project will be possible within the government COVID-19 alert levels current at the time of notification. We suggest you also describe any potential changes you might make if the alert level is lower or higher to strengthen your application.

Important: We will also continue to comply with government advisories (including alert levels) and/or border controls. For this reason, when making funding decisions, we may decline a programme or project if it is not viable at the time of notification, regardless of when the project is planned to take place.

How often you can apply

Eligible Pasifika festivals can make one application to this round of the Pasifika Festivals Initiative Lua.  

Other Creative New Zealand funding

  • The activities you are seeking funding for must not have received prior funding from any of our funding programmes or initiatives, including the Creative Communities Scheme, Tasi 21, the Capability Fund 2020 or the Adaptation Fund 2020.  
  • Organisations in the Toi Uru Kahikatea or Toi Tōtara Haemata investment programmes are not eligible to apply.
  • Does your project involve organisations in our Toi Uru Kahikatea or Toi Tōtara 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 or other agreement with Creative New Zealand.

For more information see our Funding guidelines – breaches of agreement

2. See what's funded


Pasifika Festivals Initiative Lua is designed to support eligible Pasifika festivals to address capability needs in the following key areas: governance, leadership, digital capacity and festival staffing.

This fund was established to enable Pasifika festivals to have the technical ability and management capacity and capability to operate in a post COVID-19 environment.

Read more about ‘Lua Wave' in the media release

What we fund

Pasifika festivals can apply for costs up to $30,000 plus GST in total towards a project or projects that addresses organisational developmental needs.

Activities or projects must target the development of one or more of the following capabilities:

  • Governance
  • Leadership
  • Digital Capacity
  • Festival staffing*

*Note: funding to pay for a core festival team can be applied for under Tasi 21 until 31 May as part of the operational costs to support delivery of a Pasifika festival in 2021. Find out more about Tasi 21

The types of activity you can apply for include:

  • consultancy fees towards developing or adapting policies, plans or strategies (e.g. digital, strategic, risk management plans or Board policies)
  • training costs to support or upskill staff and/or associated expenses (e.g. workshops or talanoa for staff or Board members to build skills that could be digital-based or governance)
  • fees for contract roles or personnel to provide specialist services or advice over a fixed period of time (e.g. coaching or mentoring)
  • tools for addressing digital capacity eg software to enhance website functionality.

Examples of capability building projects under the areas of Governance, Leadership, Digital Capacity and Festival staffing that you can apply for include, but are not limited to:


  • Training for Trustees/Board members to understand their roles and their legal obligations.
  • Developing resilient and sustainable committee structures.
  • Developing a decision-making framework.
  • Building capability of Trustees to oversee the strategic planning process.
  • Designing and developing policies that reflect the structure of the organisation e.g. charitable trust, incorporated society, limited liability company (LLC).
  • Developing health and safety and/orCovid-19 response strategies and contingency plans.
  • Team development.


  • The professional development of key staff in leadership roles.
  • Business continuity planning.
  • Crisis or change management.
  • Risk management and scenario planning.
  • Youth leadership development.

Digital capacity  

  • Website design and development.
  • Digital strategy development including training on social media platforms.
  • Digital tools including software to support the management and running of the festival including zoom packages and broadband internet connections.

Festival staffing*  

  • Volunteer management - developing effective systems and strategies to manage large numbers of skilled volunteers.
  • Contract roles or personnel to provide specialist services or advice over a fixed period of time such as coaching or mentoring.

*Note: funding to pay for a core festival team can be applied for under Tasi 21 until 31 May as part of the operational costs to support delivery of a Pasifika festival in 2021. Find out more about Tasi 21

What we don’t fund

  • Activities that another Creative New Zealand funding programme or initiative is designed to support.
  • Activities that are the responsibility of other government agencies.
  • Core education resources and activities that are part of the curriculum and course of study in New Zealand, including early learning, school or further education.
  • Game design, fashion design and commercial design.
  • Feature films, short films and film/screen development activities.
  • 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), Territorial Local Authority (TLA) or Council Controlled Organisation (CCO).

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

Funding limits

The maximum amount you can apply for is $30,000 plus GST.

Email Evotia-Rose Araiti, Senior Adviser, Capability Services & Initiatives, Pacific if you have further questions.

3. Make an application

Register or Log in

How to apply

  1. Log in to the portal and select Pasifika Festivals Initiative Lua.
  2. Complete each question in the portal application form.
  3. Prepare the information requested and attach this to your application. See our Funding guidelines - How should I format my support material
  4. Prepare a budget using the budget template in the online application portal.
  5. Gather support material. Read the Funding guidelines - support material
  6. Submit your application online by 1pm on 9 July 2021.

4. Assessing applications

Applications will be reviewed by staff in the following areas:

  • Alignment with organisational needs: The organisation has demonstrated a need for this project.
  • Capability and capacity to deliver the project: the organisation has the capability and capacity necessary to deliver the project.
  • Delivery to outcomes: the project will enable the organisation to increase its capability to operate in a post COVID-19 environment.

Recommendations for funding will be approved by the Senior Manager, Arts Development Services.

5. Notification of results

We will email the result of your application on 30 July 2021.

We also list successful grant recipients 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 will be required twelve weeks following the completion of your project. To be considered for further funding, your report needs to be submitted on time.

7. Who to contact