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Regeneration Fund - successful applicants

All four rounds of the Regeneration Fund are now complete. This page lists the initiatives that were funded.

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Round four

APRA New Zealand up to $452,000 to support the delivery of an industry wide initiative dedicated to the growth of a bilingual music industry in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Connected Media Charitable Trust up to $398,260 to support the expansion of their sustainability short film competition website into an online learning hub, to help provide a career pathway into the screen industry.

Creative Collaborative up to $500,000 to support the expansion of My Art Box, an art therapy product designed by artists and art therapists, which helps people forge new connections to emotions and experiences through art and creativity.

Christchurch Archaeological Project up to $459,389 to support development of a database to contain all the data on post-earthquake archaeological work carried out in Ōtautahi Christchurch and make it accessible to all via a website.

Creative Northland up to $294,700 to support Creative Northland’s community outreach providing business skills workshops, creative technology workshops, internships, and creative well-being workshops for Northland creatives.

Lima Productions up to $114,466 to support Pacific performing arts practitioners to take part in the Pasifika Arts Management capability programme and receive mentoring through placements with industry professionals.

Little Mouse Co up to $193,512 to make it easier for audiences to discover and engage with indigenous arts, culture, and heritage initiatives through development of the website, Indie.

Lyttelton Historical Museum Society Inc. up to $136,885 to support the extension of the Te Ūaka Stories project which will continue to develop the museums narrative around their collection and increase financial viability through development of an e-commerce platform and publication of a book of Te Ūaka stories.

Make/Shift Spaces Incorporated up to $245,000 to support increased opportunities for Nelson's migrant and former refugee communities to access and participate in arts, culture and heritage.

Māoriland Charitable Trust up to $744,063 to support the accessible performing arts venue and cinema (Ōtaki Performing Arts Centre) to provide artistic professional development, social, economic, and cultural benefits for Ōtaki.

Account for Ngaroma Buchanan up to $278,229 to support the identification and protection of sites of significance to Ngaati Korokii-Kahukura including a database to hold information relating to site backgrounds, locations, and conditions.

Share the Knowledge Limited up to $300,000 to support the creation and delivery of a screen sector training programme that will support the growth and sustainability of New Zealand’s screen industry, create pathways to employment and act as a case study for future investment.

Tactile and Technology Literacy Centre up to $208,708 to support the teaching of music literacy through the use of existing braille music code and establishing a braille music curriculum and pedagogy of learning.

Tairāwhiti Voyaging Trust up to $250,000 to support a programme of activities to revitalise and preserve mātauranga waka.

Te Rūnanga o Te Rarawa up to $835,550 to support the delivery of an archiving and digitisation programme for the history, whakapapa, and manuscripts of Te Rarawa iwi and their Hapū marae.

The Aye Beh Company Ltd up to $422,850 to support the build of two small twin hull with sail wakas and promote this traditional ocean voyaging method through a series of workshops and public events.

The New Zealand Society of Authors Te Puni Kaituhi o Aotearoa (PEN NZ) Inc up to $143,500 to support the implementation of a Māori branch, establish dedicated programmes and professional development opportunities for Māori authors, and support the organisations te reo Māori capability.

Round three

Andromeda Arts Trust Board up to $320,000 to strengthen the long-term funding and sponsorship strategy; provide additional capacity and increased production value for the theatre; as well as support the streamlining of processes to improve the sustainability of the theatre.

Antarctic Heritage Trust up to $150,000 to support the creation of an immersive virtual reality experience of Robert Falcon Scott’s first Antarctic base.

Aotearoa New Zealand Circus Association Incorporated up to $81,452 to support advocacy, resource development, development of future income streams and work to build the capacity of, and best practice in, the circus sector.

Arts Access Aotearoa up to $674,740 to support an increase in the availability of training providers and accessible resources to expand opportunities for participants facing barriers and provide evaluation to demonstrate the value of accessible arts.

Central Otago Museums Trust up to $106,150 to support a capability and capacity raising project across five public Museums in Central Otago.

Centre for New Zealand Music Trust up to $1,233,860 to support:

  • Hōtaka Māori- a podcast centered around mōteatea; a Youth wellbeing project using Puoro Māori sound healing; and the development of music business skills from the perspective of Māori artists.
  • Moana Pacific Instrument Revitalisation via research on 8 endangered instruments from the Pacific and the creation of publicly available videos.
  • Improved access to resources through improvements to their website and blog.

Circus Space Community Trust up to $117,210 to support the establishment of a social circus school in Alexandra.

Circability Trust up to $323,024 to provide increased capability for practitioners of social circus via regional hubs, increased employment pathways for circus practitioners, and opportunities to bring the circus sector together.

Copyright Licensing Ltd up to $397,395 to support low-cost legal rights consultations for authors and visual artists and increase awareness of Creative Rights Education for people in the creative sector.

Creative Capital Arts Trust up to $469,898 to support targeted capability building and opportunities for sustainable career development for emerging and independent artists in Wellington, alongside the development of a national touring network for Fringe festivals.

Creative Practice Mentoring up to $91,525 to support increased capability and wellbeing for artists and creatives in Te Tai Tokerau, through development of business tools, exhibition opportunities, and social support.

Dot Dot Limited up to $199,859 to support the further development and rollout of a tool to support arts organisations and artists to create and present their work in a virtual or hybrid environment.

Featherston Booktown Trust up to $206,301 to extend the Featherston Booktown Karukatea Festival, including support for increased engagement through a rural readers programme, the young readers programme, an audio platform to capture local iwi stories, and increased engagement with other international Booktowns.

Girls Rock! Camp Aotearoa Incorporated up to $109,200 to support increased confidence and community for girls, trans, intersex, takatāpui & gender-diverse youth through music.

Golden Bay Community Arts Council up to $53,519 to support the development of a series of opportunities for the Golden Bay, Mohua arts community including support towards establishing a Mohua-wide arts festival.

Good Company Arts up to $99,855 to showcase the making of Taonga Pūoro instruments and highlight their potential through support for a dance film and documentary focused on current practice with a group of renowned Kāi Tahu wāhine artists.

Hāpai Foundation up to $75,500 to reduce the barriers for disabled persons through support for a disability access card scheme which aims to bridge the gap between arts, culture and heritage organisations and disabled persons.

Heritage West Coast / Taonga Pumau O Te Tai O Poutini Incorporated up to $200,091 to support growth in the capability of the heritage sector in the West Coast region through strengthened heritage networks, closer relationships with iwi, strategic heritage planning, and training for volunteers and professionals.

InWorld Limited up to $587,566 to support completion and rollout of a digital tool (Pickpath) that empowers creative people and organisations to make digital/hybrid arts experiences at low-cost with no specialist technical skills.

Lagi-Maama Limited also known as Lagi-Maama Academy & Consultancy up to $300,000 to support increased capability and skills for Moana Oceania creatives through sharing of knowledge and practices, additional opportunities for presentation of work and advocacy support.

Manawhenua ki Mohua up to $200,825 to support increased protection and accessibility for taonga, artefacts, artworks, illustrations, paintings, and carvings specific to the Mohua region.

Media Access Charitable Trust up to $142,058 to work collaboratively with broadcasters to increase the accessibility of their content for audio described (AD) users by developing a library of audio described content.

Miharo Murihiku Trust up to $243,360 to support a digital strategy and provide opportunities in Murihiku and Queenstown for Māori and Pasifika young people and their communities to participate in the arts and traditional and contemporary expressions of their culture.

Museums Aotearoa up to $750,000 to support effective delivery of advocacy, broadened membership and future sponsorship opportunities; increased promotions of Museums; and increased opportunities for members to connect and share resources.

MyLaunchPad Ltd up to $740,000 to support the establishment of a hub in Auckland for emerging artists that includes a recording studio and multiple other studios that will be available at low cost for many.

Nimbus Multimedia Limited up to $214,088 to support digital storytelling workshops for Māori communities across the Waikato, to improve digital literacy and capture stories of cultural significance.

Ngāti Maru ki Hauraki Inc up to $214,515 to support a series of wānanga to revive mātauranga Māori and restore the mauri of people and place at their tupuna maunga Moehau, Hauraki.

NZ Ballet Ltd up to $37,058 to support dance teachers to teach ballet classes for people aged over 50 to improve their overall health, and to boost the sustainability of jobs in the dance sector.

Paemanu Charitable Trust up to $82,000 to elevate the profile of Toi Ngāi Tahu as an essential agent in development of whānau, hapū and iwi resilience, innovation, and identity, through research, artist wānanga, development of the Paemanu Art Collection and capability building.

Proudly Asian Theatre up to $153,779 to support emerging Asian, Black, and Middle Eastern producers to develop skills and undertake placements on real-life productions.

Raynham Park Limited up to $291,431 to support the development of next generation production skills in content creators and artists.

Screen Music and Sound Guild of New Zealand Incorporated up to $170,640 to support the roll out of a broad platform of support and professional development initiatives for Aotearoa screen music and sound practitioners to support sustainable career pathways and expand professional opportunities.

Show Me Shorts Film Festival Trust up to $179,028 to increase the resilience of the short film festival and increase their audience base through on-line delivery, expansion of the film festival into the South Island and engagement of young people in schools.

Sustainability Trust up to $232,575 to increase the sustainability of Wellington based community and outdoor events through the establishment of a network to support the implementation of a reusable serviceware programme.

Taranaki Māori Trust Board up to $254,315 to share and safeguard mātauranga specific to Taranaki Toi Māori, focused on oral arts including poi manu, karakia, karanga, waiata, pao and haka of Taranaki.

Te Karanga Charitable Trust up to $161,330 to support Māori and Pacific vulnerable youth to develop arts practice and establish pathways to become financially sustainable.

Te Pou Theatre Trust up to $377,476 to support the future delivery of Māori led projects through capability building for emerging Māori venue technicians & producers.

Te Rā Ringa Raupā up to $495,278 to pass on the mātauranga of the only known woven Māori sail Te Rā, across Aotearoa.

Toi Iho Charitable Trust up to $200,000 to preserve authenticity and quality in Māori Arts Practice through the delivery of skill development wānanga, the revitalisation of the national Toi Iho trademark and the establishment of an Intellectual Property advisory group who will advise on the preservation of authenticity and quality.

Trick of the Light Theatre Ltd up to $171,190 to increase the environmental sustainability of touring for performing artists working within and from Aotearoa, through support for research and development of resources for the sector.

Tuwharetoa Tarai Waka Trust up to $52,606 to support waka mātauranga to be regenerated through growing capacity in a group of kai-tārai-waka, and training kaihoe.

Vanessa Immink Productions Tapui Ltd up to $236,236 to build capability and address the shortage of skilled independent live performance producers through support for the development of online resources and training.

Round two

Aotearoa Community Wellbeing Trust: up to $226,750 to support rangatahi to increase wellbeing through participation in circus and providing opportunities for the development of community-based circus groups.

Arts Murihiku: up to $448,800 to support an incubator programme to provide capability building and opportunities for creatives in Southland.

Audio Described Aotearoa Ltd: up to $150,510 to train Māori and Pacific audio describers, to support increased access to Māori and Pacific cultural performance for blind, deafblind and low vision people

Christchurch Arts Centre: up to $196,000 to support an affordable dedicated public venue and permanent home for circus, comedy, music and associated performing dance including dance and cabaret in Ōtautahi.

Donna Kerridge: up to $346,610 to support delivery of an online rongoā Māori training portal and establish an online rongoā Māori reference library for learners.

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

Fua Creative Ltd: up to $410,813 to support the delivery of a workshop series to school students, free of charge, through residencies for Pacific Artists in Marlborough.

Kauwaka Limited: up to $300,000 to support the delivery of the Ngāti Kahungunu Academy for Excellence in Language and Custom programme, to grow leaders of the future.

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

Lake House Trust: up to $209,233 to support the expansion of learning and connection with new cultural ambassadors and provide increased access opportunities for disadvantaged communities.

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

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

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

Northland Museums Association Inc: up to $245,528 to support the capability development of those working across Northland's heritage institutions.

New Zealand Choral Federation: up to $570,000 to support the delivery of training and resources for teachers of group singing for young people and young adults.

New Zealand Film Festival Trust: up to $850,000 to support the expansion of the Film Festival into additional towns and cities, and regenerate its schools' programme.

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

The Big Idea Te Aria Nui Charitable Trust: up to $560,000 to support the further development of online resources and e-learning to provide a better user experience, and to extend the mentorship and career development programmes.

The Coalition for Books: up to $217,200 to increase the sector’s ability to sell New Zealand books as digital e-books, and audiobooks; and improve the capability of publishers to market New Zealand e-books and audiobooks.

The New Zealand Portrait Gallery Trust: up to $72,000 to build the capability of rangatahi and emerging artists, including the provision of mentoring for rangatahi to lead the delivery of a suite of initiatives related to the 2023 Kiingi Tuheitia Portraiture Awards.

The Professional Theatre Trust: up to $174,710 to support the establishment of a professional theatre company in Nelson.

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

Round one

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

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 support the delivery of an end-to-end collectivised commercial sustainability system for Māori and Pacific arts practitioners.

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

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 had broad and relevant experience across the arts, culture and heritage sectors, and government. Panel members included:

  • 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 30th June 2023