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Creative New Zealand review

Creative New Zealand review

A review of Creative New Zealand’s governing legislation was mentioned in the National Party’s arts culture and heritage policy in the 2008 election. The Ministry working with Creative New Zealand, Te Puni Kōkiri and the Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs, carried out the review, as well as targeted consultation with the arts sector.

On 29 January 2014, Parliament passed the Arts Council of New Zealand Toi Aotearoa Bill, which streamlined the governance of Creative New Zealand. The bill addressed the previous structure of Creative New Zealand, consisting of four governing boards with 28 members, and replaced it with a single governance body with 13 members. 

The new Council will have a minimum of four members with knowledge of Māori Arts, te ao Māori (a Māori world view) and tikanga Māori (Māori protocol and culture). At least two members will be appointed with knowledge of the arts, and the traditions or cultures, of the Pacific Island peoples of New Zealand.

In March 2014, the Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage announced the appointments to the new Arts Council which commenced on 01 May 2014.

The Arts Council of New Zealand Toi Aotearoa Bill effecting the proposed changes was introduced into the House on 25 June 2010. The second reading of the Bill took place on 10 May 2012. The Arts Council of New Zealand Toi Aotearoa Act 2014 passed on 29 January 2014 and Royal Assent was given on 31 January 2014.  The Act commenced three months after the date of Royal Assent.

More details are available on Parliament's website.

Arts Council of New Zealand Toi Aotearoa Bill page on Parliament's website.

Updated on 22nd October 2019