12 May 2023

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Ululau Ama on his way to the stage to receive an award; the crowd around him is joyful
Visual story-teller and artist, Ululau Ama, winner of the Toa Award at the 2022 Arts Pasifika Awards. Photo by Mark Tantrum.

The annual Creative New Zealand Arts Pasifika Awards are back - and we're calling for nominations.

These awards celebrate and recognise excellence in Pacific Arts across a wide range of arts practices and career stages. Any New Zealander can nominate an artist, or themselves, for an award. 

The Arts Pasifika Awards have been offered annually since 1996, and are the only national awards for Pasifika artists across all artforms. 

This year, there are seven award categories open for public nominations:

  • Senior Pacific Artist Award ($25,000): recognises commitment to their practice and ‘mana’ within the community.
  • Pacific Toa Award ($10,000): recognises the contribution of a Pasifika artist with the lived experience of disability to Pacific arts nationally or globally.
  • Pacific Heritage Artist Award ($10,000): recognises a major contribution by a Pasifika artist to maintaining, reviving or promoting a Pacific heritage artform in New Zealand.
  • Pacific Contemporary Artist Award ($10,000): recognises a Pasifika artist who has demonstrated artistic innovation in their arts practice.
  • Special Recognition Award ($10,000): recognises a special contribution to Pacific arts, nationally or internationally.
  • Emerging Pacific Artist Award ($7,500): recognises a Pasifika emerging artist showing promise and potential.
  • Iosefa Enari Memorial Award ($7,500): supports the career development of a Pasifika singer, musician or composer across all classical genres and career stages.

For more details on how to nominate, visit the our nomination page.
Nominations close 5pm, 2 June 2023.

Check out the list of all past winners on our website here.

For more information or support, email pacificarts@creativenz.govt.nz