News: 16 December 2019
A new fund opened today will support Pasifika artists based in Aotearoa to collaborate with communities in Oceania* to research, develop and present their art.
The Moana Nui a Kiva Fund will prioritise projects which address issues confronting the Pacific region such as climate change, heritage, language and culture, identity, environmental sustainability, LGBTQI, women, youth and the empowerment of indigenous peoples.
Multi-disciplinary artist Jahra ‘Rager’ Wasalasala (right) and Fiji-based dance group VOU in "bloo/d/runk" at the Festival of Pacific Arts 2016 in Guahan. Image courtesy of Creative NZ.
It will provide a unique opportunity for Aotearoa-based Pasifika artists to exchange ideas, artistic techniques and cultural practices with artists based in Oceania.
Deputy Chair of the Arts Council of Creative New Zealand Caren Rangi said the Moana Nui a Kiva fund would enrich the exchange of knowledge in the region.
“It will allow Pasifika artists based here in Aotearoa to strengthen their ties with artists from across Oceania, allowing them time on the ground where the original knowledge-holders are based, which will enrich their art.”
“It’s a need that’s been identified by our sister agencies from across Oceania, and it’s our hope that the exchange of knowledge will help keep our cultural customs and art forms alive for future generations,” she says.
Deputy Secretary for the Pacific and Development Group, Jonathan Kings said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade was pleased to be supporting Moana Nui a Kiva, which would open doors for artistic collaboration between New Zealand and Oceania.
A total of $480,000 is available in 2020, and more information is available here.
- Fund opens for applications: 16 December 2019
- Applications close: 28 February 2020
- Notify results: 8 May 2020
*For the purposes of this fund, Oceania includes the island countries of the Pacific Realm, Micronesia, Melanesia and Polynesia.
For funding queries and advice on applying to the fund, please contact;
Funding Services Adviser
Freephone: 0800 273 284
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Updated on 8th October 2021