News and blog posts
Details of Creative New Zealand’s 12-month investment plan, ahead of August openings10 Jul 2020
Announcement summary: Further details, including the purpose of key opportunities, who they’re for, relevant timeframes and a funding calendar. We’ll be offering new and revised or re-purposed opportunities – including some we had to suspend while we focused on our COVID-19 emergency...
Creative New Zealand announces its COVID-19-driven investment plan for the next 12 months3 Jul 2020
Close on the heels of a heavily subscribed $29 million emergency response to COVID-19, Creative New Zealand has announced further funding to help the arts sector adapt in uncertain and unpredictable times.
International recognition for Audio Described Aotearoa24 Jun 2020
Auckland company Audio Described Aotearoa has received international recognition for its efforts in providing audio description for blind and low vision arts patrons, particularly during New Zealand’s COVID-19 lockdown.
Funding boost for arts in schools15 Jun 2020
The Government is increasing investment in the Creatives in Schools programme, providing work opportunities for an additional 300 artists, Prime Minister and Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Jacinda Ardern and Minister of Education Chris Hipkins announced on Friday (12 June).
Creative New Zealand adds $13m to initial emergency arts funding9 Jun 2020
Creative New Zealand has dug deep to respond to the extraordinary volume of applications for its COVID-19 Emergency Response Package, investing an additional $13 million in its now closed first phase of arts funding.
2020 Children and Young Adult Book Awards shortlist packed with books that offer Kiwi children the escape of stories4 Jun 2020
If ever there was a time that children needed the escape of stories, 2020 is it. Today’s announcement of the finalists for the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults reveals an abundance of incredible storytelling for Kiwi kids to immerse themselves in.
Creative New Zealand welcomes biggest government investment in the arts for two decades29 May 2020
Creative New Zealand is thrilled with the Government’s multimillion-dollar investment in the arts and culture sector – the biggest government investment since 2000 – which will strengthen the organisation’s ability to support the arts community’s recovery from the impact of COVID-19. The Prime...
New dates for the Biennale Arte27 May 2020
Last week, news reached us that the Venice Biennale Arte has been postponed to 2022 due to COVID-19, and will now take place from 23 April to 27 November 2022.
Massive sector response to Creative New Zealand’s COVID-19 emergency support, with some Phase 1 timeframes shortened15 May 2020
In just four weeks, Creative New Zealand has invested almost $8 million of an available $16 million through Phase 1 of its COVID-19 Emergency Response Package and, due to the overwhelming response, will shorten the application timeframe for two opportunities to ensure it has sufficient resources...
Ockham New Zealand Book Awards 2020 Winners Announced14 May 2020
Debut novelist wins country’s richest literary prize Westport writer Becky Manawatu has won this year’s $55,000 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards’ Jann Medlicott Acorn Prize for Fiction for her first novel, Auē. Manawatu’s win was announced during a virtual ceremony, simultaneously...
Nominations invited for Creative New Zealand’s prestigious literature, ngā toi Māori and Pacific arts awards12 May 2020
Creative New Zealand is calling for nominations for three prestigious annual awards, each recognising the valued contributions of some of our country’s most talented artists: The Prime Minister’s Awards for Literary Achievement, Ngā Taonga Toi a Te Waka Toi (Te Waka Toi Awards), and the Arts...
Audio Described Aotearoa goes online11 May 2020
Royal New Zealand Ballet’s announcement in April that it would livestream videos of previous productions, making them available to a global online audience, was seen by Audio Described Aotearoa as an opportunity to include blind patrons in the audience.