Creative Kōrero, Funding, Nga Toi Maori, Pacific Arts

Expressions of interest for Te Puāwaitanga open February 2020

Māori and/or Pacific led arts organisations: expressions of interest for Te Puāwaitanga open February 2020.

From 3 February 2020 Creative New Zealand will be seeking expressions of interest from eligible Māori and/or Pacific led arts organisations with an emphasis on access and distribution to take part in Te Puāwaitanga.

This follows the arts organisations CNZ confirmed in their Investment programmes over the next two to six years, and the subsequent work the Arts Council has done to identify significant strategic gaps within the portfolio.

What is Te Puāwaitanga?

In 2017 Creative New Zealand introduced Te Puāwaitanga, a programme that helps selected arts organisations get ready to make an application to enter our Tōtara and Kahikatea programmes.

CNZ will be running this bridging programme in 2020 for eligible arts organisations that meet specific criteria, with a view to helping fill some significant strategic gaps within the Tōtara and Kahikatea programmes.

If your arts organisation is selected to take part in Te Puāwaitanga, CNZ can offer you capability building support to help your organisation to be prepared to meet the entry criteria for the Tōtara and Kahikatea programmes if the Arts Council agrees to open them in 2021 or 2022.

At the end of Te Puāwaitanga, your organisation will be advised if it is able to apply to the Tōtara and Kahikatea programmes. Even if your organisation does not progress to the Tōtara and Kahikatea application process, the business development and capability building support you could receive as part of Te Puāwaitanga can benefit your organisation.

Am I eligible for Te Puāwaitanga in 2020?

There are eight criteria your arts organisation must meet to be considered eligible:

  1. Be a Māori and / or Pasifika-led arts organisation.
  2. Align to Creative New Zealand’s Investment Strategy Te Ara Whakamua 2018 – 2023Te Hā o Ngā Toi Māori Arts Strategy 2019 – 2024 and/or the Pacific Arts Strategy 2018 – 2023.
  3. Have an emphasis on providing access to high-quality arts for under-represented audiences.
  4. Have an emphasis on distribution of services to diverse audiences.
  5. Provide CNZ with a strategic plan that demonstrates an innovative kaupapa.
  6. Provide CNZ with a business plan.
  7. Provide CNZ with independently reviewed financial records for at least two years.
  8. Demonstrate a successful track record of receiving funding from Creative New Zealand or other funders.

There are places for four Maori-led and / or Pasifika-led arts organisations to enter Te Puāwaitanga in 2020. This means that even if your organisation meets all of the initial eligibility criteria you may still not be selected to enter the programme.

CNZ will select the four organisations based on the strongest alignment to their strategies, the greatest emphasis on access and distribution and the strongest and most innovative kaupapa.

What happens next?

CNZ will publish information in the new year about how to make an expression of interest, including detail about what they mean by each of the eight eligibility criteria.

Please get in touch with them at if you’d like to know more about Te Puāwaitanga.

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