Ngā Kaiwhakaoho Ahurea
Cultural Activators Pilot

Nā te wai pūtahi ko te pūheke auahatanga.
Creativity flows from the meeting of waters.

Ka mahi ngātahi ngā Ngā Kaiwhakaoho Ahurea me ngā hapori whānui e kawea ana ngā whakaaro hou me ngā kaupapa whai take. Ko te pūtahitanga i te whakataukī e whakataurite ana i ngā Ngā Kaiwhakaoho Ahurea me ngā hapori ki ngā kōawaawa e tere ana i ō rātou pūtaketanga. Ko te wāhanga tuarua e whakaatu atu ana i te terenga o te wai i tua atu o te pūtahitanga. Kia puta te wai i te pūtahitanga ka tere, ka rere hoki te wai. He whakatauritenga tēnei o te ara auaha e whakaritea kotahitia ana e ngā Ngā Kaiwhakaoho Ahurea me ngā hapori kia whai angitū.

Cultural activators will work with their communities to create new opportunities for accessing and participating in cultural activities. Cultural activators and their communities are like waters flowing from different sources which meet, ebbing and flowing, and then flowing forwards together. Together they create a new waterway, flowing steadily and swiftly, achieving great things.


Te pakiwaitara o te Tahua
The funding story

When different waters come together they create new and stronger waterways.

Manatū Taonga is funding experienced cultural practitioners to collaborate with their communities bringing together many waters to enrich their local cultural landscape.


Ngā tūāoma
Milestones 

Applications to host cultural activators

  • Open: 30 April 2021
  • Close: 28 May 2021, 12pm

Decisions communicated to applicants: late June 2021.

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Mō te kawenga tautahi o Ngā Kaiwhakaoho Ahurea
About the Cultural Activators Pilot

The Ngā Kaiwhakaoho Ahurea Cultural Activators Pilot is part of Te Tahua Whakahaumaru Creative Arts Recovery and Employment (CARE) Fund and aims to increase community access and participation.

The pilot funds cultural activators in eight communities to increase access and participation in cultural activities.

The cultural activators are established cultural sector practitioners who will collaborate with their communities to tell their stories, build their creative skills, and connect them with opportunities in the wider cultural sector.

Manatū Taonga is seeking applications from cultural sector organisations from eight communities to host and support these cultural activators for a year.

Pilot communities

The Cultural Activators Pilot will fund a cultural activator from each of these eight locations:

  • Te Tai Tokerau ki te Raki
    Far North*
  • Māngere-Ōtāhuhu**
  • Kawerau*
  • Tūranganui-a-Kiwa
    Gisborne*
  • Wairoa*
  • South Waikato
  • Kawatiri
    Buller
  • Waihōpai
    Invercargill

*   At least two Māori-led cultural organisations will be selected across these four locations to host a Māori cultural activator focusing on the local Māori community.
** Māngere-Ōtāhuhu will be a Pacific cultural activator focusing on the Pacific community and will need to be hosted by a Pacific-led cultural organisation.

Map showing cultural activator pilot locations

Cultural activators

The eight cultural activators will collaborate with their communities to tell their stories, build their creative skills, and connect them with opportunities in the wider cultural sector.

Cultural activators will use their skills, experience, connections, and understanding of their community’s cultural needs and narratives to deliver projects with the support of their host organisation to increase access and participation in cultural activities and in the wider cultural sector.

While all cultural activators will have similar core work, the detail of the work they do will vary in each community according to its needs and the focus of that role.

Māori and Pacific community focus

At least two of the roles will focus on Māori and one will focus on Pacific peoples.

The role in Māngere-Ōtāhuhu is for a Pacific cultural activator hosted by a Pacific-led cultural organisation and will focus on the Pacific community.

At least two of the four roles in the Far North, Kawerau, Gisborne or Wairoa districts are set aside for Māori cultural activators hosted by Māori-led cultural organisations and focusing on the Māori community.

Evaluation and future

The Cultural Activators Pilot will run for one year and will be evaluated to measure its success in increasing access and participation in cultural activities in the selected communities. The evaluation will inform decisions about any continuation or expansion of the Pilot.

Me pēwhea te tono?
How to apply

Manatū Taonga is seeking applications from cultural sector organisations to host and support cultural activators.

What hosts will do and what we’ll fund

Host organisations will employ cultural activators and support them to deliver projects, and engage with other host organisations to share best practice.

Organisations are applying to host a cultural activator, rather than applying for a specific amount of funding at this stage. Host organisations will receive funding to cover salary, overhead, and project costs up to $180,000 a year.

Eligibility

Host organisations must:

  • be a cultural sector organisation (an organisation contributing to creating, presenting, protecting, and distributing arts, culture and heritage)
  • have legal status (for example, as a charitable trust or an incorporated society)
  •  already operate in the pilot community.

There are additional requirements for organisations applying to host Māori or Pacific cultural activators:

  • Organisations applying to host Māori cultural activators (at least two of the four roles in the Far North, Kawerau, Gisborne and Wairoa districts are set aside for Māori cultural activators) must also be Māori-led, meaning they are also Kaupapa Māori based and have Māori in leadership roles.
  • Organisations applying to host the Pacific cultural activator in Māngere-Ōtāhuhu must also be Pacific-led, meaning they also are also Pacific values based and have Pacific people in leadership roles.

Prioritisation

We will prioritise applications from organisations that have:

  • strong knowledge of the local cultural sector, including practitioners working in the community
  • connections to, and a positive reputation within, standing/credibility in the community
  • a recent track record (within the last two years) of supporting access and participation in cultural activities in the community
  • previously employed staff in a community-based outreach role.

How to apply

To apply to host a cultural activator, you need to submit your application through our online portal by 12 noon Friday 28 May 2021. We cannot accept incomplete or late applications.

We strongly recommend reading the application guide before starting your application. It takes you through what you need to do to complete your application.

Before applying you need to sign up and register as a user. The Online Portal Guide will help you do this:

Resources

Resources to help you with your application:

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

The Cultural Activators Pilot is one of five funding streams within Te Tahua Whakahaumaru Creative Arts Recovery and Employment (CARE) Fund.

It is the third and final initiative of the first phase of the Fund. It follows the Creative Spaces initiative which launched in February 2021 and the first round of Cultural Installations and Events funding which launched in April 2021.

Like other CARE Fund initiatives, the Cultural Activators Pilot 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 4th May 2021