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Creative NZ implements overhaul of funding programmes

Creative New Zealand implements overhaul of funding programmes

Creative New Zealand has committed funding through two new complementary programmes as it implements a major overhaul of its multi-year funding for the arts.

The funding was made by the Arts Board and Te Waka Toi as the new programmes replace the previous Recurrent Funding, Arts Investment, and Sector Investment programmes.

Over the next three years more than $50 million will be invested in 72 arts organisations, ranging from the Auckland Theatre Company to Dunedin’s Blue Oyster Gallery. In 2012, overall investment in the same organisations will increase by approximately $2 million to $22 million, up from $19.7 million in 2011.

“The majority of funding will be delivered through long term contracts that will give arts organisations security to plan for the future. These forward looking investments give confidence that pivotal art organisations are well placed to respond to contemporary New Zealand,” said Creative New Zealand Chief Executive Stephen Wainwright.

“Investment in Māori and Pacific arts organisations has increased by 20 percent. This will enable organisations like Tautai Contemporary Pacific Arts Trust, Tawata Productions and Toi Māori Aotearoa to delight growing audiences for Māori and Pacific work.”

Creative New Zealand is also broadening access to the arts with funding for Arts Access Aotearoa which works to improve access to arts for all New Zealanders, including people with disabilities. For the first time multi-year funding is also being provided to Touch Compass, a contemporary dance company that combines dancers with and without disabilities; and Massive Theatre Company which produces work from the stories of Aucklanders in their teens and early twenties.

“We’re also pleased to support the new New Zealand Dance Advancement Trust which is being funded over two years to deliver a programme of contemporary dance so New Zealanders can see work by some of the country’s best dancers and choreographers.

“In addition to supporting new and emerging arts organisations, Creative New Zealand is also funding those which have a strong record of arts delivery and are key to the arts in this country. The majority of our investment continues to be in the critical network of theatres, contemporary art galleries, orchestras, service organisations, festivals, publishers and chamber music organisations throughout the country,” he said.

Creative New Zealand is offering $500,000 a year in incentive funding for initiatives where organisations are working together, for example to develop and present new New Zealand work or to provide internships for emerging artists and arts practitioners.


The two new funding programmes Arts Leadership Investment (Toi Tōtara Haemata) and the Arts Development Investment (Toi Uru Kahikatea) replace the Recurrent Funding, Arts Investment, and Sector Investment programmes.

Establishing the new programmes was the recommendation from Creative New Zealand’s review of its programme for recurrently funded organisations (RFOs). The RFO review was the last of three funding programme reviews that Creative New Zealand undertook to complete as part of its 2007-2010 strategic plan.

Creative New Zealand’s investment of more than $50 million over the next three years is not its total funding of the arts. Funding from Toi Uru Kahikatea will be available again in 2012 while funding from Toi Tōtara Haemata may be available in 2013 for new or unfilled key roles. In addition to the new programmes, Creative New Zealand is also continuing to offer Arts and Quick Response Grants and the Creative Communities Scheme.

Notes to Editors:

1. Description of programmes

• Toi Tōtara Haemata: provides support for between two and five years to well-run, financially sound organisations that fulfil a key role or roles in the creation and presentation of high quality art experiences to New Zealanders.

• Toi Uru Kahikatea: complements Toi Tōtara Haemata by offering greater flexibility in the range of activities it supports. Funding is available for periods from six months to two years for organisations, groups or individuals.

2. List of recipients Listed below is the total amount of funding awarded. The funding periods vary between organisations from six months to three years. In total 24 organisations are being funded through Toi Tōtara Haemata and 49 through Toi Uru Kahikatea.

Dance and performing arts Toi Tōtara Haemata: All funding is for 2012-2014, unless noted otherwise. Black Grace, $1.62 million; DANZ Dance Aotearoa New Zealand, $973,500; Touch Compass, $666,000, 2012-2013

Toi Uru Kahikatea: All funding is for 2012-2013, unless noted otherwise Atamira Dance Collective Charitable Trust, $665,000; Footnote Dance Company, $740,000; Kahurangi New Zealand Māori Dance Trust, $599,280; New Zealand Dance Advancement Trust $1 million; Okareka Dance Company Limited, $200,000, 2012; Pacific Dance New Zealand, $100,000, 2012; Touch Compass, $25,000 (bridging until end of 2011)

Literature Toi Tōtara Haemata: New Zealand Book Council, $512,000, 2012-2013

Toi Uru Kahikatea: All funding is for 2012, unless noted otherwise Auckland University Press, $47,000; Auckland Writers and Readers Festival Charitable Trust, $88,339; Bridget Williams Books Ltd, 23,000; Michael King Writers Studio Trust, $69,000; New Zealand Society of Authors, $66,385; Penguin Group NZ, $17,500; Random House NZ Limited, $36,000; University of Otago College of Education, $18,428, 2013; Victoria University Press, $26,000

Multi-artform: All funding is for 2012-2013, unless noted otherwise Toi Tōtara Haemata: Arts Access Aotearoa, $558,000; Auckland Festival Trust, $700,000; New Zealand International Arts Festival, $1.551 million, 2012-2014; Toi Māori Aotearoa, $1.5525 million

Toi Uru Kahikatea: All funding is for 2012-2013, unless noted otherwise Arts on Tour NZ Trust, $434,000; Dunedin Fringe Arts Trust, $25,000, 2012; Otago Festival of the Arts, $90,000; Southern Lakes Arts Festival Trust, $96,000

Music Toi Tōtara Haemata: All funding is for 2012-2014, unless noted otherwise. Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, $4.2 million, 2012-2013; Chamber Music New Zealand, $2.304 million; NBR New Zealand Opera, $7.425 million; New Zealand String Quartet, $780,000

Toi Uru Kahikatea: All funding is for 2012-2013, unless noted otherwise Audio Foundation, $ 103,600, 2012; Centre for New Zealand Music (SOUNZ), $172,500, 2012; Choirs Aotearoa New Zealand, $520,000; Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, $1.5 million; New Zealand Choral Federation, $300,000; New Zealand Trio Foundation, $280,000; Southern Sinfonia, $630,000; Strike Percussion, $89,500, 2012; Vector Wellington Orchestra, $730,000

Theatre Toi Tōtara Haemata: All funding is for 2012-2014, unless noted otherwise Auckland Theatre Company, $2.79 million; BATS Theatre, $885,000; Capital E, $810,000, 2012-2013; Centrepoint Theatre, $1.37 million; Massive Company, $410,000, 2012-2013; Playmarket, $996,000; Taki Rua Productions, $1.26 million; The Court Theatre, $1.784 million, 2012-2013

Toi Uru Kahikatea: All funding is for the period 2012-2013, unless noted otherwise Circa + TACT, $1.186 million; Downstage Theatre Trust, $650,000; Fortune Theatre, $900,000; Indian Ink Theatre Company, $206,992, 2012; PROMPT Incorporated, $67,494; Red Leap Charitable Trust, $178,927, 2012; Silo Theatre Trust, 320,000, 2012; Tawata Productions, $386,280; The Shakespeare Globe Centre NZ, $100,000; Young and Hungry Arts Trust, $172,500

Wider Visual Arts including craft/object, media arts and Inter-arts Toi Tōtara Haemata: All funding is for 2012-2014, unless noted otherwise. Artspace Aotearoa, $918,000; Objectspace, $801,000; Tautai Contemporary Pacific Arts Trust, $574,000, 2012-2013;The Physics Room, $750,000

Toi Uru Kahikatea: All funding is for 2012-2013, unless noted otherwise Art and Industry Biennial Trust, $217,990; Artists Alliance, $89,920, 2012; Asia New Zealand Foundation, $32,250; Blue Oyster Arts Trust, $95,855, 2012; Dunedin Public Art Gallery, $164,615; Enjoy Public Art Gallery, $86,990, 2012; eyeCONTACT, $50,000, 2012; Intercreate Trust, $50,000, 2012; McCahon House Trust, $54,000; The Big Idea – Te Aria Nui Charitable Trust, $60,000 Creative New Zealand is funded by the New Zealand Lottery Grants Board (60%)and by the New Zealand Government through the Ministry for Culture and Heritage (40%).

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