As a nation of the South Pacific, it’s important that Pasifika people in Aotearoa have access to their languages, cultural artforms and other aspects of Pasifika culture. We are supporting the Pasifika community in New Zealand to connect with one another and their heritage with the following initiatives.

Pasifika Festivals Initiative

Pasifika festivals and polyfests in Aotearoa are a vibrant celebration of our Pasifika culture and heritage. More than 200,000 festival participants were directly impacted by cancellations this year due to COVID-19. This has added to already existing financial pressures for many Pasifika festivals.

The initiative provides $12 million of funding over the next three years through Vote Arts, Culture and Heritage.

The first Tasi Wave of funding opened on 21 September 2020 to support the immediate financial needs of Pasifika festivals. This allows recovery from the impacts of COVID-19 to stabilise short-term viability.

Tasi is the first of four waves of funding over three years. The Lua, Tolu and Fa Waves will follow. Future funding will allow festivals to build capability and resilience to support them over the longer-term.

Fund administration and development

This initiative is administered by Creative New Zealand. Development and co-design are in collaboration with Manatū Taonga, the Ministry for Pacific Peoples, and includes talanoa, fono and engagement with leadership from the Pasifika Festivals community. The Pacific Business Trust, as the Pasifika economic development agency will support eligible Pasifika festivals.

This joint approach is based on Kaupapa Pasifika and Teu Le Va cultural concepts.

Latest update

Tasi Wave is now open for applications until 23 October 2020.  See Creative New Zealand for full details.

The next waves are being developed.

Establishment of a New Zealand Fale Malae

Building a Fale Malae in Wellington has the potential to be a powerful symbol of our shared heritage and identity, both within New Zealand and with our kin and closest neighbours in our Pacific region.

$10 million through Vote Arts, Culture and Heritage will support the establishment of a New Zealand Fale Malae, with the first step being to progress detailed planning and consent work at a location in the Wellington CBD. The estimated cost of the Fale Malae is expected to be met through a shared funding arrangement between the Crown, Te Herenga Waka - Victoria University of Wellington and community fundraising.

Latest update

This project is a partnership between the government, Fale Malae Trust, Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington City Council and community groups. At this early stage, there is no estimated date for the establishment of the Fale. This information will be updated as further progress is made.

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Updated on 12th October 2020