Annual recruitment round for new peer assessors

26 Nov 2020

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Near the end of every year, we invite nominations for external peer assessors. These new assessors are approved by our Arts Council the following February and are able to start their assessment mahi from March.

Kāhore taku toa i te toa takitahi, he toa takitini
We cannot succeed without the support of those around us

External peer assessors provide aromatawai (assessment) for funding applications across the full range of Creative New Zealand’s funding programmes and initiatives.

They are people with an in-depth understanding of the art sector and current artform practice, including international trends and markets, or specialist knowledge of an area of arts development or capability building. Assessors work together in mahitahi, to collaborate on making funding recommendations, as well as providing initial individual assessment on alignment to our funds.

We are currently looking for people to be a part of our assessment mahi, who are keen to make a difference in the arts in Aotearoa, provide feedback and help develop the New Zealand arts sector.

For this year, new peer assessors are required in the following areas of expertise:

  • Māori Arts – Customary Māori Arts, Dance, Visual Arts, Te Reo Māori and senior practitioners.
  • Pacific dance.
  • Digital delivery of the arts; experience in VR and/or AR.
  • Craft - Ceramics and Glass experience.
  • Interarts practice.
  • Multidisciplinary Arts – experience with delivery of large-scale projects.

We are also looking for assessors who have a lived experience of disability and/or people who have worked in an arts and disability context.

Training is provided for all assessors, so you can be sure you will be well-supported in your mahi.

More information on the role of external assessors, selection process, workload and how conflicts of interest are managed can be found in the peer assessor terms and conditions

To enrol as a Creative New Zealand peer assessor, complete the peer assessor nomination form (docx, 177KB) and submit via email by Monday 18 January to Senior Adviser, Assessment Services Lee Martelli on You can also email Lee for more information about this process if you are thinking of becoming involved.