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Regeneration Fund - successful applicants

There are four Rounds of the Regeneration Fund. Round Two of the Regeneration Fund is now complete. The following initiatives were funded:

Round Two

Aotearoa Community Wellbeing Trust: up to $226,750 to deliver circus skills-based programme in schools and set up weekly community practice sessions.

Ruawhetū Charitable Trust: up to $498,600 to establish Te Wānanga Whakairo o Ruawhetū a training programme for aspiring carvers, in partnership with iwi.

Kauwaka Limited: up to $300,000 to support the delivery of the Ngati Kahungunu Academy for Excellence in Language and Custom programme for 40 people in 2023-2024.

Donna Kerridge: up to $346,610 to deliver the Pōhuehue Project, an online rongoā Māori training portal and establish an online rongoā Māori reference library for enrolled learners.

Gisborne Museum of Art and History Trust: up to $325,000 to build engagement with and allow better access for iwi and hapu to taonga in order to tell their stories and provide access to researchers.

National Digital Forum Incorporated: up to $245,000 to deliver digital capability programmes across New Zealand's Galleries Libraries Archives Museums Iwi Records (GLAMIR) sector.

The Big Idea Te Aria Nui Charitable Trust: up to $560,000 to upgrade and further develop the existing resource of their website to provide better user experience, develop resources and e-learning, and to continue and extend the mentorship and career development programmes.

The Coalition for Books: up to $217,200 to extend the KETE website enabling the sector to sell New Zealand books as digital e-books, and audiobooks; and deliver training to publishers on marketing New Zealand e-books and audiobooks.

Audio Described Aotearoa Ltd: up to $150,510 to train 12 Māori and Pacific audio describers, in collaboration with 12 consultants.

New Zealand Choral Federation: up to $570,000 to deliver training and resources for teachers for group singing for primary/intermediate children and 18-25 year-olds.

Frank Management: up to $324,900 for the development of a podcasting studio in Auckland for practitioners in comedy, music, film & television, and theatre.

New Zealand Film Festival Trust: up to $850,000 to expand the Film Festival into additional centres (Northland and Gisborne), reinstate schools programme in Auckland and Wellington, and add New Plymouth, Dunedin, and Nelson.

The Professional Theatre Trust: up to $174,710 to establish a professional theatre company in Nelson.

Arts Murihiku: up to $448,800 to deliver an incubator programme for creatives in Southland.

Lake House Trust: up to $209,233 to expand learning and connection with new cultural ambassadors offset costs of services and spaces to allow disadvantaged communities to access them for free.

Fua Creative Ltd: up to $410,813 to deliver a 6-week workshop series in their artform to school students, free of charge, through 8 residencies for Pacific Artists in Marlborough.

Massive Company Trust: up to $423,845 to deliver theatre training for young people and teachers across regions with limited access to quality development.

Northland Museums Association Inc: up to $245,528 to deliver capability development across Northland's 44 paid and volunteer run heritage institutions for a period.

The New Zealand Portrait Gallery Trust: up to $72,000 to deliver the 2023 Kiingi Tuheitia Portraiture Awards and provide mentoring / support for rangitahi to lead and participate in the ceremony and tour to 4-6 venues across Aotearoa.

Massey University: up to $780,000 to develop research and a tool to measure the impact of live performance on wellbeing.

Christchurch Arts Centre: up to $196,000 to support a new venue for circus, comedy, music and associated performing dance including dance and cabaret in the Arts Centre in Ōtautahi.

Toi Ngāpuhi Ltd: up to $300,000 to support the recording and sharing of mātauranga toi whakairo.

Round One

Toro Tairāwhiti Limited: Up to $786,000 to provide Mātauranga Māori revitalisation through digital storytelling for 27 marae across Aotearoa. 

Human Performance Incorporated: Up to $492,070 to support the launch of the MOVE facility, a unique movement arts centre sited in Parakiore, Ōtautahi. 

Publishers Association of New Zealand Te Rau o Tākupu: Up to $495,150 to scale-up the production of locally produced audio books – kickstarting New Zealand’s audio book industry.  

Oyster Collective: Up to $575,750 to deliver an end-to-end collectivised commercial sustainability system for Māori and Pacific arts practitioners.  

Creative Waikato: Up to $725,000 to deliver capability building, regional activations, and creative wellbeing initiatives across the Waikato region.  

Evaluation and decision-making  

The evaluation of proposals used evidence provided by applicants, alongside the Outcomes Guidance provided by Manatū Taonga to assess each initiative’s contribution to the outcomes of the Fund. Proposals were also evaluated against: 

  • the level of funding sought in proportion to the contribution to outcomes 
  • the track record of the applicant,  
  • the delivery plan, and  
  • the level of support expressed by people and organisations within the arts, culture and heritage sectors. 

Based on this evaluation, recommendations were made by a Panel of senior Manatū Taonga kaimahi to Te Tumu Whakarae, Chief Executive of Manatū Taonga, who makes the final funding decisions. Before making recommendations, the Panel also consider the geographic and discipline spread of the proposals to support a balanced range of funded initiatives. 

The Panel members have broad and relevant experience across the arts, culture and heritage sectors, and government. Round Two Panel members were: 

  • Deputy Chief Executive Te Aka Tūhono, Investment and Outcomes: bringing experience and expertise in investment, commissioning, procurement, policy and music. 
  • Deputy Chief Executive Te Hua: bringing experience and expertise in Mātauranga Māori, Toi Māori, governance and the arts sector. 
  • Pou Arataki o Te Pae Māpuna (Manager, Taonga): bringing experience and expertise in heritage, Taonga Tūturu (protected objects) and monitoring. 
  • Pou Arataki o Te Pae Kaupapa, Te Aka (Manager, Heritage Policy): bringing experience and expertise in heritage policy, procurement, commissioning and investment. 

Updated on 21st December 2022