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.

Due to reprioritisation of funding to provide support for the cultural sector in light of the Delta outbreak, some adjustments have been made to the CARE programme. Details are noted below.

See the CARE Fund overview for more about the Fund’s outcomes and priorities.

Read on for the latest updates on the current funding streams.

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.


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 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.

Showcasing the Regions and Untold Stories

Due to reprioritisation of funding for Delta relief for the cultural sector, Manatū Taonga will not progress the final two streams of CARE: 

  • Showcasing the regions, which sought to invest in projects that showcase local culture and history in the region 
  • Untold stories, which sought to bring more diversity to storytelling and content creation in the mainstream cultural sector. 

The Ministry was already reconsidering progressing these two streams as planned due to need in other areas. Increasing access, participation, and diversity in the cultural sector remains a priority for Manatū Taonga, and we will be evaluating further opportunities to achieve this goal within existing funding opportunities and into the future. 

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.