Ngā Puninga Toi ā-Ahurea me ngā Kaupapa
Cultural Installations and Events

He whakaipurangi, he manga tārai riu, he awa whakakī whārua
A water source from which springs a stream carves a way and transforms into a river that fills valleys

Mai i tētahi whakaipurangi wai ka tīmata te rere haere o tētahi manga, ā, ka rahi ake kia hīrere ake hei awa. Ahakoa iti, ahakoa nui, he kaha tō te wai ki te kerikeri i te oneone, ki te tārai hoki i te mata o te whenua. Nā wai rā, nā wai rā, he riu, he whārua ka mahue mai ahakoa kei reira tētahi wai tonu e rere ana, kāore rānei, me kī, kua mimiti te wai, ā, kua maroke haere. Heoi, he wā tōna ka whakakīia anō taua whārua ki tētahi wai hei whakamākūkū anō i te whenua kia mātōtoru ai te tipu hei whenua haumako.

A trickle of water that stems from its source can transform into a surging river. Whether small or large, water has the strength to plough through soil and carve its way through the land. Water shapes gorges and valleys that remain as part of the landscape regardless of whether the water still flows through them. In time, the water will make its way back to replenish the land and encourage growth and fertility.

Te pakiwaitara o te Tahua
The funding story

Water is a source of inspiration. It brings life and shapes our landscape, starting as a trickle that develops from a stream into a river carving its own path towards something new and interesting.

Manatū Taonga is providing support to the cultural sector to develop and transform our landscape, bringing culture and creativity to people. With it comes employment and skill opportunities, as the motu is transformed with installations and events for many people to enjoy.

Ngā tūāoma

Round one

Round one closed: 5pm on Friday 7 May 2021

Round one decisions communicated to applicants: from June 2021

Round one payments: from July 2021

Round two

Round two expected to open: early September 2021

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Mō te kaupapa o Puninga Toi ā-Ahurea me ngā Kaupapa
About Cultural Installations and Events

Manatū Taonga has funding available for the cultural sector to create installations and events. It is one of five funding streams within Te Tahua Whakahaumaru Creative Arts Recovery and Employment (CARE) Fund.

This initiative aims to:

  • create employment and skill development opportunities for cultural practitioners
  • allow more people to participate in our cultural sector.

Funding rounds

There are two funding arounds in 2021. The first round for applications up to $20,000 closed on Friday 7 May 2021.

The second funding round for applications up to $100,000 is expected to open in early September 2021. 

Mō te wāhanga tuatahi 
About round one 

Applications for funding in round one closed on Friday 7 May 2021.

Round one provides funding for cultural installations and events that must be free to experience and bring culture and creativity to people in our communities.

They’ll need to be in easy to access spaces people regularly go or are easy to discover, such as community hubs, shopping malls, parks, beaches, marae, churches, reserves, or along a waterfront.

Examples of possible events and temporary or permanent installations include:

  • art exhibitions in shopping centres
  • Pacific dance and kapa haka events in churches or marae
  • kete weaving demonstrations on beaches that encourage people to join in
  • community hubs hosting local music events
  • light and sound installations under bridges that draw people to visit
  • museums taking heritage collections into a community library
  • a theatre performance in a city square that many people walk through
  • an interactive experience along a waterfront inspired by a New Zealand film.


Funding is broadly available to cultural sector practitioners, collectives or organisations in Aotearoa.

In round one there were four eligibility requirements for projects:

  • your project is a cultural installation or event held in a non-traditional and publicly accessible space (these are easy to access spaces where people regularly go)
  • your project will have free entry
  • all participating practitioners will be paid at fair market value
  • all practitioners and resources are sourced through individuals or organisations in Aotearoa.

Organisations based in venues with the primary purpose of providing cultural content (e.g. galleries, museums and theatres) were welcome to apply. However, cultural experience need to be presented outside of these venues to bring culture to people in our communities.


Manatū Taonga prioritised funding for projects that:

  • are led by a Māori or Pacific cultural sector practitioner or organisation
  • support access and participation for people with disabilities
  • provide opportunities for practitioners to learn and develop skills
  • will create employment opportunities in regions and communities outside of the main centres.


Resources from round one.

Note: there will be updated questions and answers, factsheet and funding agreement for round two. The round one information is included as background for anyone interested.

Mo te wāhanga tuarua
About round two

Round two is expected to open in early September. It is for applications up to $100,000.

The funding criteria is expected to remain the same as round one, except for the higher funding available.

Full details of the eligibility and project criteria, and any prioritisation for funding in round two will be published closer to the funding opening. 

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More information

Whakapā mai ki a mātou
Contact us 

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

Updated on 29th July 2021