05 Apr 2017

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Creative New Zealand Arts Pasifika Awards 2017 call for nominations

Celebrating the excellence and innovation of Pacific arts in New Zealand, the 2017 Creative New Zealand Arts Pasifika Awards are now calling for nominations.

The awards celebrate artists who best characterise the richness and diversity of high-quality Pacific art. Nominations can be made by members of the public, and artists can also nominate themselves.

Established in 1996, there are six categories for the awards in 2017:

  • Senior Pacific Artist Award ($10,000) – recognises the contribution of a senior established Pacific artist in maintaining or developing their artform in New Zealand.
  • Pacific Contemporary Artist Award ($5,000) – recognises an artist who has demonstrated innovation in their artform. Artists must have a track record and have achieved in their chosen field. Recognition will be given to those who work in a unique artform, or those who continually push the boundaries of their practice.
  • Pacific Heritage Arts Award ($5,000) – recognises an artist or cultural group who has made a major contribution to maintaining, reviving or promoting a Pacific heritage artform in New Zealand. This may include language, dance, traditional music, weaving or tatau.
  • Iosefa Enari Memorial Award ($4,000) – recognises the contribution of the late Iosefa Enari to the arts, in particular his pioneering role in Pacific opera. This award supports the career development of an individual Pacific singer, musician or composer across all classical genres and career stages.
  • Emerging Pacific Artist Award ($4,000) – recognises an emerging artist showing promise and potential in their chosen art form. The purpose of this award is to recognise achievement at this developmental stage, ensuring the artist will develop their career in their chosen field.
  • Special Recognition Award ($5,000) – recognises the recipient’s special contribution to the standing, and standard, of Pacific Arts in New Zealand and/or internationally. This award recognises an individual whose work, influence and commitment have raised the standards, expectations and reputation of Pacific art and artists. It may be awarded for artistry across any art form or for arts management, and could be for a one-off or ongoing contribution to a local or international success story.

Make a nomination by email. Closing date for nominations is 5pm Friday 26 May, 2017. 

Past recipients of the Creative New Zealand Arts Pasifika Awards include: David Fane, Oscar Kightley, Neil Ieremia, Lisa Taouma, Lemi Ponifasio, Lonnie Hutchinson, Parris Goebel, Victor Rodger, Ema Tavola, Sinakiteu Women Development Group, Justin Haiu, Isabella Moore and Pene Pati.

For media enquiries, please contact:

Mike Eng
Senior Communications and Advocacy Adviser, Creative New Zealand
T +64 4 04 498 0725| M +64 27 838 8868

For information about nominations and the awards, please contact:

Makerita Urale
Senior Adviser, Pacific Arts
Creative New Zealand
T +64 4 473 0880