He toiora kei te pīwai kuing​a rau 
There is well-being at the water source of a hundred streamlets*

Te Tahua Whakahaumaru
Creative Arts Recovery and Employment (CARE) Fund

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The CARE Fund is one of three cross sector initiatives with a long-term focus in Manatū Taonga’s Arts and Culture COVID Recovery Programme’s Te Tahua Whakamarohi i te Rāngai Ahurea Cultural Sector Regeneration Fund.

It aims to create employment and training opportunities, ensure vital skills, talent and creative infrastructure are not lost, and maintain and expand public access to creative and cultural experiences.

This fund makes available $70 million in contestable funding over three years and is being developed and managed directly by Manatū Taonga.

See the CARE Fund overview for more about the Fund’s outcomes, priorities, five funding streams, and rollout plan.

Read on for the latest updates on each of the five funding streams.

Te Ahurea me te Toiora
Culture and Wellbeing

Using arts and culture as a tool to improve the wellbeing of those most in need by investing in creative spaces, and by Manatū Taonga partnering with social sector agencies to provide targeted support.


Ngā Puninga Toi ā-Ahurea me ngā Kaupapa
Cultural Installations and Events

Bringing culture and creativity to people in our communities. Manatū Taonga has funding for installations and events. They must be free to experience and in easy to access spaces people regularly go or are easy to discover, such as community hubs, shopping malls, parks, beaches, marae, churches, reserves, or along a waterfront.


Ngā Kaiwhakaoho Ahurea
Cultural Activators

Funding cultural sector practitioners to collaborate with communities to tell their stories, build their creative skills and connect them with opportunities in the wider cultural sector.

Te Whakaatu i ngā Rohe
Showcasing Our Regions (to be confirmed)

Investing in projects that showcase local culture and history in the regions.

Funding is expected to be available before June 2022 (to be confirmed). See the CARE Fund overview for more on the rollout of CARE Fund initiatives.

Ngā Kōrero kua Whakaohohia
Untold Stories (to be confirmed)

Funding communities whose culture and experiences are not well known across Aotearoa to tell their stories and share their creativity, such as LGBTQI+, refugee or Asian communities.

Funding is expected to be available before June 2022 (to be confirmed). See the CARE Fund overview for more on the rollout of CARE Fund initiatives.

Whakapā mai ki a mātou
Contact us

For all queries, please contact the Manatū Taonga team at Email: [email protected]

Whakataukī meaning

* Ko te pīwai te mātāpuna o te wai. Ko ngā kuinga rau, ko ngā tini manga ka rere i taua wai matua ki te whāngai i te whenua me ngā tini koiora. Kua whakaritea Te Tahua Whakahaumaru ki te pīwai, he manga anō ōna i whakaritea ai hei tautoko, hei whāngai hoki i ngā wāhanga rerekē o te rāngai toi. Ko te toiora, ko te oranga, ā, ko tētahi atu tikanga o te kupu nei, ko te toi e ora ana. Puta mai ai te toiora i te pīwai, arā, i Te Tahua Whakahaumaru. 

The pīwai is the source of a waterway. The kuinga rau are the many streamlets that flow from that main watercourse sustaining the land and various forms of life. The CARE Fund has been likened to the pīwai, which has its own streams that were created to support and sustain different areas of the cultural sector. The word toiora means wellbeing, it can also be interpreted to mean living art. Wellbeing in regard to the arts is found at the pīwai, that is the CARE Fund.