News and blog posts
Councils supporting arts and culture through their Long-term Plans4 Aug 2021
A number of councils have made significant commitments to supporting arts and culture in their communities through the long-term planning process.
“No-one was going to force me to unlearn beautiful cultural images that I had learned as a child.”2 Aug 2021
In recognition of Cook Islands Language Week, we spoke to Professor Jon Tikivanotau Michael Jonassen, a Cook Islands master heritage artist, about his life long commitment to culture.
Creativity as a driver for wellbeing30 Jul 2021
Caren Rangi, Chair of the Arts Council of New Zealand Toi Aotearoa took part in the cultural wellbeing plenary at the Local Government New Zealand conference. She shares some thoughts on creativity as a driver for wellbeing, and how councils can work with local arts communities.
Hastings wins award for cultural wellbeing29 Jul 2021
The vital role of arts and culture in community wellbeing was celebrated at the Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) EXCELLENCE Awards earlier this month. Hastings District Council has won the Creative New Zealand EXCELLENCE Award for Cultural Wellbeing in the 2021 awards, which celebrate the...
Advocating for arts in infrastructure29 Jul 2021
Creative New Zealand is advocating for more infrastructure projects to integrate arts and culture, to recognise the contribution arts and culture make to placemaking and wellbeing outcomes.
New residency and partnership supports Pacific artists in Taranaki and foster relationships – calling for applications23 Jul 2021
Creative New Zealand and Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre have partnered to create a new artist residency that supports Pasifika arts development and engagement in the Taranaki region.
Seeking feedback on remuneration policy for artists and arts practitioners22 Jul 2021
Creative New Zealand is seeking views on a draft remuneration policy to support the development of more sustainable arts sector careers.
Kiribati: language, culture and the beauty of weaving12 Jul 2021
Kiribati master weaver Louisa Humphry is passionate about the restoration of heritage art forms. Together with Kaetaeta Watson, they've led the revival of traditional Kiribati arts in New Zealand.
Dancer smashes perceptions around disability12 Jul 2021
“Art can smash perceptions and boundaries and Lusi wields one of the biggest hammers. Lusi has been acknowledged for her contributions to the arts community over the past year, winning awards. And each time, her mana is elevated”, says Rose Kirkup, artistic director of Wellington theatre group...
Circa’s journey to accessibility recognised6 Jul 2021
Demand for Circa Theatre’s accessible shows has increased significantly since the Wellington theatre company’s first audio-described performance of Roger Hall’s Four Flat Whites in Italy for an audience of blind and low vision people in 2011.
Andre Chumko: taking the arts seriously6 Jul 2021
When Andre Chumko started working as Stuff and The Dominion Post’s arts reporter in the middle of 2020, New Zealand was a very different country from the one he had arrived home to nine months earlier.
Te Putanga Toi Arts Access Awards 2021 celebrate diversity and the arts6 Jul 2021
An award-winning dancer, arts projects, a creative space nurturing mental health and wellbeing, a theatre company committed to accessibility, and leadership in delivering arts programmes in prisons were celebrated tonight at Te Putanga Toi Arts Access Awards 2021, presented by Arts Access...