Community Arts Toolkit

What is it: The toolkit is aimed at people who lead or are interested in leading community arts projects and draws together best practice from Aotearoa and other parts of the world.

Why is it useful: In the toolkit, you will find
- Inspirational projects
- Tips and characteristics for strong community arts projects
- Resources to help develop projects
- Links to support and networks
- Key to the project is a series of videos of amazing practitioners from around the country – sharing their projects and their knowledge.

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Volunteer Management Toolkit

What is it: The volunteer management toolkit is intended for use by boards, managers and co-ordinators to help attract, manage and retain volunteers.

Why is it useful: The toolkit provides you with:
- Advice on planning your volunteer management system 
- Tips on finding and selecting the right volunteers for your organisation 
- Instructions on inducting and training volunteers
- Guidance on retaining volunteers
- Templates

Templates included
- A code of conduct 
- Application forms
- Appointment letter
- Decline letter
- Interview plan and questions

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Tauranga (Tauranga District) Public Event Organisation Info

What is it: If you are considering running a public event in Tauranga then you will need to familiarise yourself with the rules and regulations as stipulated by the Tauranga City Council.

Why is it useful: The Tauranga City Council website has contact details, resources, guides and templates to make the process easy for you to hold an event on council-owned public open spaces. 
- Application process guide
- Licenses and consents
- Health and safety guidelines and plan templates
- Waste management
- Traffic Management
- Food
- Event funding framework 


Western Bay Of Plenty Public Event Organisation Info

What is it: If you are considering running a public event in the Western Bay Of Plenty then this webpage will be useful to you.

Why is it useful: The following page will help you find information designed to help you run a successful event in the Western Bay Of Plenty District. 
- Health & Safety
- Waste Management
- Traffic Management Plan
- Indoor Venues


CommunityNet Aotearoa

What is it: CommunityNet Aotearoa is an online hub where you can find and share resources designed to strengthen community organisations.
Why is it useful: Theses resources are designed to strengthen community organisations and include 'How To' guides, stories and case studies, information and advice, tools and templates 


What Works

What is it: What Works helps organisations gather robust data and information to tell a real story about what they are doing and the difference it makes.
Why is it useful: If you need to reflect on your work, demonstrate its effectiveness and keep improving your practice, this site is for you.



Event Brite Blog

What is it: Promoting events and selling tickets, Event Brite is a professional platform to help you achieve your event goals
Why is it useful: The Eventbrite blog offers extensive resources on event marketing and management. 



Digital Marketing

The Audience Connection

What is it: The Audience Connection works alongside cultural organisations to build and engage with their audiences via integrated and effective use of digital channels. 
What is it useful: They offer excellent online resources specific to digital marketing for the arts in New Zealand 


Creative NZ Video Series

What is it: Creative NZ Video Series on optimising your online marketing.
Why is it useful: Teaching arts organisations to take advantage of the power of online marketing to attract new audiences and increase returns.

Social Media

What is it: is an online resource and Instagram scheduling tool.
Why is it useful: Stay on top of the biggest Instagram marketing trends! From how to grow your Instagram following to new tools, latest developments, design and trends.




What is it: is an easy to use online tool with drag-and-drop features and professional layouts to design consistently stunning graphics and marketing assets. 
Why is it useful: Create professional looking posters, invitations, website or social media banners.


Poster My Wall 

What is it: Online tool allowing anyone to create stunning graphics and videos without requiring any artistic skills.
Why is it useful: Create professional looking posters, video banners and graphics


Marketing and Comms Volunteer Organisations & Resources

Help Tank

What is it: HelpTank is New Zealand's first homegrown digital marketplace for skilled volunteering. 
Why is it useful: Free to community organisations, HelpTank can help source probono help, such as assistance with strategy, web development, graphic design, business/ marketing planning, HR policy development, impact storytelling, research and a whole range of other projects. 

Community Comms Collective

What is it? Comms professionals volunteering their skills and time to help the community sector communicate more effectively.
Why is it useful? Free Service with professionals to help you improve your organisation's marketing and communications 



NZ Arts & Culture Organisations, portals & directories: 

Creative New Zealand 
Creative Newzealand - New Zealand Arts Council - Funding, opportunities, news, research & resources 

Ministry For Culture & Heritage
Ministry for Culture & Heritage research New Zealand and provide rich online resources like Te Ara  the Encyclopedia of New Zealand. They produce books, advise government and look after New Zealand's national treasures. 

The Big Idea
The Big Idea is the online hub for creatives seeking collaborators, opportunities and inspiration for enriching careers in the arts.

The Lowdown Directory 2019
A directory created by The Big Idea which offers links to media platforms that regularly provide NZ arts coverage online. 
The Lowdown

Creative A - B

Craft, Pottery, Ceramics, Jewellery, Glass

Felt is New Zealand’s online market for locally made goods and gifts – your one stop shop for high quality, original items made in Aotearoa. Felt is proudly owned and operated by Kiwi makers who know that buying local goods is better for everyone (and saves dosh in the long run!). We believe that craftsmanship and sustainable consumption could save the world, and we’re here to help that happen. 

The Blumhardt Foundation - studio ceramics, glass, jewellery, metal, fibre work and other ‘craft’ practices.
The Blumhardt Foundation is a partnership-based initiative established to advance the extraordinary richness of New Zealand’s craft/object art. The Foundation also supports through the following funding and grants:
Blumhardt Grants
The Blumhardt Residency
The Blumhardt International Residency
The CNZ/Blumhardt Curatorial Internship
Dame Doreen’s Gift 

Ceramics Association
Ceramics Association of New Zealand (Ceramics NZ) is the national body for professional and recreational potters throughout the country. 

Handshake Project - Jewellery
The HANDSHAKE project supports emerging New Zealand jewellery artists, allowing them to develop ideas and artworks for a succession of exhibitions with the assistance of a chosen mentor. The HANDSHAKE recipients are presented with additional opportunities to develop their practices through a number of challenges, including masterclasses, collaborations and network opportunities with both national and international exposure. 


Dance Aotearoa New Zealand (DANZ)
We are the national support organisation for dance in Aotearoa, New Zealand. For over 20 years DANZ has existed to provide support and services to the dance community in a mission to grow and sustain the art-form in New Zealand. 


The Designers Institute of New Zealand
The Designers Institute of New Zealand exists to serve New Zealand’s design community and represent its interests to the wider world. Formed in The institute represent graphic design, interactive design, motion graphics, spatial design, product design, design in business, service design and design education. 

Design Assembly
Design Assembly supports New Zealand’s visual design community to inclusively connect, educate and inspire each other. 

Fibre, Quilters, Patchwork, Embroidery 

National Association of New Zealand Quilters
Providing New Zealand quilters the opportunity to expand horizons, to share work, and to learn. They do this by supporting quilters and textile artists at all levels through offering a variety of classes, exhibitions, regional meetings and professional development opportunities. 

Association of New Zealand Embroiderers’ Guilds
ANZEG is the parent organisation for the 58 embroiderers’ guilds around New Zealand.  Our overall aim is to encourage embroidery in all its forms, innovation in design and excellence in stitching. 

Creative Fibre
Creative Fibre is the New Zealand organisation for all fibre crafts. They bring together spinners, weavers, knitters, dyers, flax workers, felters, crocheters, free form fibre artists and all other people involved in the use of fibre. They have over 3000 members throughout New Zealand and around the world who share a passion for fibre. 

New Zealand Lace Society Inc
The society informs lace makers, collectors and enthusiasts both in New Zealand and around the world about what is happening with the art of lace making in New Zealand. 

Professional Weavers Network of New Zealand Inc.
The Professional Weavers Network of New Zealand Inc. was formed in 1991 by a group of dedicated weavers who met to formalise aims, and plan how the network would promote excellence in the art of weaving and art textiles. PWN aims to ensure textiles are promoted and recognised as a vibrant, exciting and high quality contemporary art form. This is achieved through working co-operatively to share and develop the expertise of the members. 

Film, Television, Broadcasting

NZ Film Commission
New Zealand Film Commission support a diverse range of New Zealand and international stories to be told here and seen everywhere. We promote New Zealands talented individuals and our industry’s reputation for creativity, innovation and superb production values. We provide a wide range of opportunities for New Zealand filmmakers and the New Zealand film industry 

NZ On Air
NZ On Air connects and reflects our nation. We ensure New Zealanders can experience public media that is authentically New Zealand.

We are an independent government funding agency delivering quality and diverse New Zealand public media. Funded content can be found on television, online and on radio. We aim to strike a balance of content for both general and targeted audiences. 

Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision
Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision is a charitable trust. We care for an ever-growing collection of films, radio, television, sound recordings, props and documents spanning 120 years of Aotearoa’s sound and moving image history. 

NZ On Screen
NZ On Screen is the online showcase of NZ television, film, music video and web series. All content is free to view – around 4,000 titles from the beginning of the screen industry to the present day to watch and enjoy.
Aotearoa New Zealand’s directors, producers, performers, and crew are celebrated in the showcase through profiles, ScreenTalk interviews and background notes. New content is added daily, and curated collections are released to shine the spotlight on selected content: choice screen titles, made by New Zealanders, connecting with audiences old and new. 

Screenrights is a not-for-profit membership organisation that provides rights and royalty management services to the screen industry.

They facilitate access to screen content through simple licensing solutions for teachers in education, administrators in government, and home viewers with subscription TV – and provide royalty payments to members for the programs audiences love. 

48 Hours
48Hours is NZ's largest guerrilla filmmaking competition! There is nothing quite like it. Simply put, filmmakers have just one weekend to make a short film. Filmmakers don't know what genre (thriller/romance etc.) they will be shooting until the start of the competition. All creativity: writing, shooting, editing and adding a musical soundtrack, must occur within the 48Hour window beginning Friday evening at 7 pm and ending Sunday at 7 pm. To add to the mayhem, they must also include some random elements. 


The World of WearableArt
The World of WearableArt (WOW) gives designers the opportunity to be innovative, original and to push the boundaries of creativity

WOW Awards Competition is an internationally renowned design competition that attracts entries from over 40 countries each year. Anything that is wearable art can find a place on the stage, as long as it is original, innovative and well executed. 

Maori Arts & Culture 

Toi Māori Aotearoa Maori Arts New Zealand
Toi Māori Aotearoa was set up in 1996 and strives to promote, advocate and develop the best of Māori art and culture.

Toi Māori promotes Contemporary Māori arts through programmes and projects that reach and expands audiences. It has organised and been involved in events in New Zealand and Internationally. 

Te Puia
Te Puia houses the New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute, established in the 1920s to foster all aspects of Māori culture. At Te Puia, national schools of carving, weaving and other traditional arts train talented students from around New Zealand under the guidance of master craftspersons. 

Te Roopu Raranga Whatu o Aotearoa​​
Māori Weavers New Zealand
To nurture, develop and preserve the techniques and tikanga of Raranga, whatu and taniko in traditional and modern contexts for Māori weavers. 

Toi Iho
Toi Iho is the registered and globally recognized trademark of quality and authenticity of Maori art and artists.  It is acknowledged as an exceptional cultural initiative by and for indigenous NZ Maori by WIPO, the World Intellectual Property Organization, in Geneva. 

HUIA has made a commitment to produce books and resources allowing an insight into the diversity of Māori and Pacific perspectives, young and old alike. 


Helping music creators get paid for their work and give music users easy ways to legally play and copy what they like. Royalties keep the music coming and ensure the industry’s future. 

APRA AMCOS has 87,000+ members across New Zealand and Australia who are songwriters, composers and music publishers.  They license organisations to play, perform, copy, record or make available their members’ music, and distribute the royalties to their members.

BOP Music Directory
This Directory is a free directory created by The Incubator Hub to showcase and connect musicians, students with teachers, venues with performers and vice versa. 

Composers Association of New Zealand
The Composers Association of New Zealand is the association for all amateur and professional composers in New Zealand. CANZ provides opportunities to composers through the Nelson Composers Workshop, the Asian Composers League and the International Society for Contemporary Music. CANZ also lobbies on behalf of its members to improve the situation for composers in New Zealand.

Independent Music New Zealand
Independent Music New Zealand (IMNZ) is a non-profit trade association – the New Zealand voice for independent record labels and distributors. Our members release the bulk of New Zealand music, including commercially successful artists as well as niche music genres.

MMF - Music Managers Forum NZ
Music Managers Forum NZ is the collective voice for music managers and self-managed artists. The MMF NZ is a non-profit trade association dedicated to helping grow artist manager businesses through education, networking and advocacy. 

Welcome to MusicHelps!  MusicHelps was originally established in 2012 under the name “The New Zealand Music Foundation”. To date we have invested in 66 projects with 42 partners from Whangarei to Invercargill, all using the power of music to change the lives of over 60,000 New Zealanders in need. We’ve also provided emergency assistance to hundreds of kiwi music people experiencing hardship and illness through our Backline suite of services, including a world first professional online, on-the-phone and face-to-face counselling service tailored to people who make live and recorded music possible. 

MusicHelps Grants
The charity develops & supports a wide range of programmes that use music to help people who are at risk, vulnerable and experiencing health issues.  The charity has made projects impacting over 60,000 people possible at youth organisations, hospices, schools, medical charities, rehabilitation centres and more all over New Zealand.

Backline (Musichelps)
Backline is our suite of services tailored to provide both information and practical, caring support to those who make live or recorded music possible in Aotearoa. Whether you are a performer or songwriter, a production or backroom person, or involved in the corporate or retail aspects of music, we are here when illness distress or hardship are affecting you.

- MusicHelps Wellbeing Service
Here you can find out about and access the free professional counselling and wellbeing resources available

- Benevolent Fund
Whether you’re a roadie or a singer, a stage tech or a manager, a guitarist or a label employee, a sound engineer or a publisher: if you make live or recorded music possible and you’re experiencing illness, distress and hardship, you may be eligible for crisis assistance from the Music Helps Benevolent Fund

SOUNZ maintains and develops a diverse collection of quality New Zealand music resources and makes them available for loan, hire and sale, accessed through SOUNZ online or by visiting us. We connect performers, presenters, teachers, composers, artistic directors and broadcasters with New Zealand music through our activities and projects. 

NZ On Air
NZ On Air invests in public media for many different audiences
Music Funding 

Pacific Arts 

Pacific Arts Association
The Pacific Arts Association is an international organization devoted to the study of the arts of Oceania. 

Guiding Pacific Arts
Tautai not only help Pacific artists to grow and succeed in their chosen contemporary art form, but also in their lives and the positive contributions they can make to their wider Pacific communities. 


Publishers Association of New Zealand
PANZ represents book, educational and digital publishers in New Zealand. PANZ is fully focused on assisting its members with their present business and preparing them for the future. An important part of PANZ’ role is to represent publishers’ interests to industry and government.

Empowering and representing New Zealand playwrights.
Supporting and developing New Zealand's best playwrights and their plays through:
- Promoting our playwrights' work nationally and internationally.
- Upholding playwrights' standards and rights.
- Providing access to New Zealand scripts.
- Identification and development of playwrights of excellence. 

Drama New Zealand
Drama New Zealand is the national body that represents and advocates on behalf of drama teachers, academics, applied theatre workers and theatre in education practitioners at national and international forums and in education policy-making. 

Theatre Archives New Zealand
Theatre Archives New Zealand was formed to help preserve and promote interest in our theatre heritage. 

Theatre New Zealand
Theatre New Zealand provides a national link between people who are interested in theatre. There are thousands of people working in theatre societies, schools, youth theatres and other organisations throughout Aotearoa-New Zealand. You can become involved with others who share your vision, passion and commitment to theatre. 

Musical Theatre New Zealand
MTNZ is the national voice of community theatre, providing data and information to non-members, businesses, other arts and non-profit organisations, as well as the media and government agencies. 

Playwrights Association of New Zealand (Inc)
The aim of the Association is to foster the writing of plays through Playwriting Seminars, Workshops, Competitions, Play Assessments and newsletters and to foster links between playwright members. 

Visual Arts 

Museums Aotearoa
Museums Aotearoa, Te Tari o Ngā Whare Taonga o Te Motu, is the independent professional association for New Zealand’s museums and galleries and those who work for them. 


The National Association of Woodworkers NZ Inc.
The National Association of Woodworkers NZ Incorporated brings together both amateur and professional people from all over New Zealand who are skilled in working with wood. 


New Zealand Society of Authors (PEN NZ Inc)
NZSA is the principal representative for the professional interests of writers.  Protecting basic rights to freedom of expression, working to improve income and conditions, promoting New Zealand writing and literary culture. Developing and creating a community for writers. 

The Academy of New Zealand Literature ANZL
The Academy of New Zealand Literature / Te Whare Mātātuhi o Aotearoa is a writer-led initiative developed to help our active practitioners sustain themselves – creatively, intellectually, psychically, practically – through a writer’s life. Behind the scenes, we’re working to connect our community of writers with residencies, festivals, academic networks and other opportunities. 

HUIA has made a commitment to produce books and resources allowing an insight into the diversity of Māori and Pacific perspectives, young and old alike. 

NZ Book Awards Trust
Every year, the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards, the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults and Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day champion and honour New Zealand’s literature. 

Ockham New Zealand Book Awards
These annual awards offer four principal prizes: the Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize, the Mary and Peter Biggs Award for Poetry, the Illustrated Non-Fiction Award and the Royal Society Te Apārangi Award for General Non-Fiction. 

New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults
These awards are a unique celebration of the contribution New Zealand’s children’s authors and illustrators make to building national identity and cultural heritage. 

National Poetry Day
From seasoned poets, to total newbies, to the simply-a-bit-curious, participants in National Poetry Day have the opportunity at over 100 events around the country, to be touched by the magic and excitement of poetry, to get involved in the poetry community, and to discover New Zealand poets, share poems and explore and experience what poetry is all about. 

Copyright Licensing New Zealand
Copyright Licensing New Zealand helps everyone who copies and shares anything from books and journals to do so legally. It's all about doing right by our authors! 

CLNZ/NZSA Research Grants
The CLNZ/NZSA Research Grants support New Zealand writers by providing assistance to writers who wish to undertake research for a fiction or non-fiction writing project. 

CLNZ Writers’ Award
The $25,000 CLNZ Writers’ Award is one of the investments made through CLNZ’s Cultural Fund. The Writers’ Award is offered to writers of any genre of non-fiction, including writers of education material. 

CLNZ Contestable Fund Grants
Each year a portion of the revenue allocated to the CLNZ Cultural Fund is made available in a contestable fund. 

Young NZ Writers
Founded in 2011, Young NZ Writers was established to provide writing and publishing opportunities for New Zealand school students outside the school curriculum. Calling on the talents of a dedicated group of writers, the organisation has focussed its efforts on running annual writing competitions and anthologies for students, an after-school writing programme, student writing workshops, as well as ongoing student mentorship and teacher support. 


Antarctica New Zealand
Community Engagement Programme  - Our Community Engagement Programme (formerly the Media Programme and Artists and Writers Programme) plays a crucial part in informing and influencing the public's understanding towards the science and operations in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean. Our aim is to support innovative Community Engagement proposals which align to Antarctica New Zealand's purpose; Inspiring people to connect with Antarctica, through knowledge and collaboration and vision: Valued. Protected. Understood. 

Wild Creations - Applications for 2019/20 open 5 June 2019.
Wild Creations is a collaboration between DOC and Creative New Zealand that gives New Zealand artists the chance to be inspired by our unique natural and historic heritage.

Wild Creations offers a minimum of two artists the chance to experience Department of Conservation environments and/or programmes as inspiration for new art work. 

The New Zealand Mental Health Journalism and Media Grants
Are you a journalist or a creative artist who wants to change attitudes towards people living with mental distress? 

CBOP's Favourite Creative Content 

At Creative Bay Of Plenty, we believe in the power of inspiration. Our team regularly come across websites, blogs, podcasts and videos which we hope might help you on your creative journey. 


The Creative Independent
What is it: The Creative Independent is a growing resource of emotional and practical guidance for creative people. 
Why is it useful: They aim to educate, inspire, and grow the community of people who create or dream of creating. 

Local Media Channels

Print & Online

Sunlive - Online only 

Weekend Sun - Print & Online 

Bay Of Plenty Times - Print & Online 

Bay News - Print & Online 

Te Puke Times - Print & Online 

Katikati Advertiser - Print & Online 

The Lizard News - Print & Online 

Bay Of Plenty Business News 

Our Place Magazine