Ngā wāhi Auaha
Creative Spaces initiative

Mā te ahurea me te toiora e tautīnei ake
Culture and art will uplift those in need

He kupu motuhake te tautīnei mō te tautāwhi ā-ringa i tētahi e mate ana. I konei, kua riro mā te ahurea me ngā toi tēnei tangata e tautīnei ake ā-hinengaro, ā-wairua anō hoki. 

The word tautīnei specifically means to physically support or hold up one who is in need. In this instance, it is culture and the arts that is uplifting the person emotionally and spiritually.


Te pakiwaitara o te Tahua
The funding story 

Creative expression enriches people emotionally and spiritually. It uplifts those in need and supports people’s wellbeing. 

Manatū Taonga is funding organisations to enrich the lives of those in need through creative activities. With this, comes employment opportunities for creative professionals and more avenues for creative expression. 


Ngā tūāoma
Milestones 

Round Two

Round One

Whakapā mai ki a mātou
Contact us

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

Mō te kaupapa o Wāhi Auaha
About the Creative Spaces initiative 

The Creative Spaces initiative is part of Te Tahua Whakahaumaru Creative Arts Recovery and Employment (CARE) Fund. It aims to: 

  • increase participation in creative activities for people experiencing barriers to participation
  • create employment for creative professionals. 

Manatū Taonga has funded creative spaces, that is organisations or groups whose primary purpose is to provide access to art-making activities and creative expression for people who experience barriers to participation. 

Barriers to participation include intellectual or physical disabilities, neurological conditions, mental illness, age-related vulnerability (seniors or youth), cultural or social isolation or poverty. 

Funding available

Earlier in 2021 funding was available to help creative spaces expand beyond their participant base by creating new outreach roles or increasing hours for existing roles. 

Creative spaces could apply for up to $150,000 a year, for a total of up to $450,000 in total over the three years. 

This initiative is now closed.

View funding recipients

Support from Arts Access Aotearoa

Manatū Taonga has contracted with Arts Access Aotearoa to provide support to creative spaces with their applications and work with funded creative spaces to share best practice and help them source longer-term sustainable funding.

Other Support for Creative Spaces

As part of the Creative Spaces initiative, support for training and development will be available to the Creative Spaces sector. Look out for more information coming soon about this.


Ngā pātai me ngā whakautu
Questions and answers

Questions and answers on the Creative Spaces initiative.


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

The Creative Spaces initiative is part of Te Ahurea me te Toiora Culture and Wellbeing funding stream within Te Tahua Whakahaumaru Creative Arts Recovery and Employment (CARE) Fund.  

Like other CARE Fund initiatives, investment in Creative Spaces will increase access and participation in cultural activities, as well as creating employment and skill development opportunities. 

The CARE Fund is part of the Arts and Culture COVID Recovery Programme led by Manatū Taonga.

More information


Whakapā mai ki a mātou
Contact us 

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


Updated on 17th August 2021