Our organisation

Creative New Zealand has 51 staff based in Wellington, Auckland, Christchurch and Rotorua.

Our staff have a range of arts experience and expertise across craft/object art, visual art, dance, media arts, Ngā Toi Māori, literature, music, Pacific arts and theatre.

In addition to funding arts activity we provide audience development and capability building initiatives to help artists, practitioners and arts organisations to develop professionally; manage their organisations more effectively; and grow audiences and markets for their work.

Arts Funding

Manager: Gail Richards

The Arts Funding team manages the development and delivery of Creative New Zealand’s suite of funding programmes, including Toi Ake, Arts Grants, Arts Investments, the Creative Communities Scheme and other special opportunities for artists.

Creative New Zealand’s funding programmes are designed to support the development of a strong and dynamic arts sector in New Zealand and to provide New Zealanders with the opportunity to engage with the arts as participants and audience members.

Advisors work directly with artists, arts practitioners and arts organisations and combine their knowledge with the advice of external assessors to advise Creative New Zealand’s Arts Council and funding bodies.

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Arts Policy, Capability and International

Manager: Cath Cardiff

The Arts Policy, Capability and International team lead the development of Creative New Zealand’s arts policy in line with our strategic plan and ensure that we are aware of developments in the arts and are able to respond to these.

The team also provides skills development opportunities for individuals and organisations to improve their performance in finance, governance, and audience and market development, through targeted initiatives.

The team also promotes New Zealand art internationally by assisting artists and arts organisations to access international audiences and markets by

  • showcasing in key international arts markets and
  •  introducing international presenters to the work of New Zealand artists in New Zealand

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Business Services

Manager: Angus Evison

Business Services provides administration, grants processing, accounting, information technology, records management and human resource services to the organisation.

Māori Engagement

Senior Manager: Muriwai Ihakara

The Senior Manager, Māori Engagement provides strategic and cultural leadership for the organisation in delivering effectively to Māori, including building relationships with iwi and other stakeholders and contributing to key projects.

Planning, Performance and Stakeholder Relations

Manager: Sarah Tebbs

The Planning, Performance and Stakeholder Relations Team manages communications with the media and other stakeholders, initiates and implements advocacy initiatives, produces publications, and provides information to the arts sector and the public. The team also manages government relations, including accountability documents, public and government requests for information, business planning and governance policy.

Our Staff

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