17 Sep 2018

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Proposed changes to Toi Totara Haemata and Toi Uru Kahikatea

Creative New Zealand is seeking feedback on changes it is proposing to the Toi Tōtara Haemata and Toi Uru Kahikatea investment programmes.

The proposed changes are outlined in a consultation document with feedback invited via an online survey by 5pm on Monday 1 October. This is the second round of consultation following the publication of a discussion paper on the programmes in May with a complementary online survey.

More than 60 percent of Creative New Zealand’s arts investment is made via the Tōtara and Kahikatea investment programmes with more than 80 organisations, across a range of artforms, on funding contracts until the end of 2019.

The investment programmes have been reviewed to ensure they align with Creative New Zealand’s new Investment Strategy Te Ara Whakamua 2018–2023, especially the three features of supporting an arts sector that has diversity and reach; is creating dynamic arts and is resilient.

“Given the level of investment in these programmes, the range of organisations they support and their scope it’s important they deliver to what our investment strategy is intended to make the arts accessible to more New Zealanders,” said Creative New Zealand Chief Executive Stephen Wainwright.

What are the main proposed changes?

Applicants to Tōtara and Kahikatea investment programmes in 2019, for funding in 2020 and beyond, will need to demonstrate how they will deliver to the features in Creative New Zealand’s investment strategy (see bolded above). 

In 2019 funding round, Creative New Zealand will also prioritise:

  • providing regional access to the arts
  • supporting and developing Māori-led organisations
  • supporting and developing Pasifika-led organisations
  • supporting arts practices that reflect the diversity of New Zealand’s population.

Creative New Zealand also proposes that only organisations with a current Tōtara or Kahikatea funding contract will be eligible to submit proposals in 2019. Once the 2019 funding round is complete and contracts agreed, the portfolio will be reviewed against its delivery to the Investment Strategy. The Arts Council will then consider if there are gaps and whether to invite proposals from new entrants in 2020, for either or both the Tōtara or Kahikatea programmes.

Toi Tōtara Haemata proposed changes

Funding agreements will be for six years, with a review of the funding level after three years. Currently the maximum funding agreement is for five years.

Tōtara funded organisations would need to deliver to all three features in the investment strategy and to support arts sector development eg, through sharing resources and expertise and demonstrating a commitment to diversity in the arts.

The programme’s 27 key roles will be consolidated into three broad categories of general New Zealand arts, Māori-led arts and Pasifika-led arts. There will be no limit on the number of organisations that can deliver to each. Applicants could either deliver directly or provide services that support others.  

In addition, there would be two new Tōtara categories for:

  • New Zealand arts by, with and for young New Zealanders
  • national touring of New Zealand performing arts in New Zealand.

Creative New Zealand will retain funding formulae guidelines for the Tōtara programme, but simplify them and reduce the number from 15 to five.

Toi Uru Kahikatea proposed changes

Funding agreements would be for either two or three years, instead of the current one to three years.

Kahikatea funded organisations will be required to deliver to at least one of the three features in Creative New Zealand’s investment strategy. This maintains the inherent flexibility of the programme by giving those submitting proposals the opportunity to choose the feature/s that best align to their artistic aspirations.

Next steps


  • Monday 1 October (5pm): Second round of consultation closes
  • October: Arts Council decides on the final structure of the investment programmes
  • November: Final changes to investment programmes communicated


  • February: Programmes open for proposals
  • May: Programmes closed to proposals