Ngā toi Māori

Track record requirements

For a Ngā Toi Māori carver, success means having been mentored by established carvers, or having completed a course at a marae-based or recognised wānanga.

For a Ngā Toi Māori weaving group, success means having a record of successful exhibitions or workshops in the community.

For a Ngā Toi Māori contemporary artist, please refer to the relevant artform e.g. if you are a contemporary dancer; check your track record requirements under Dance.

What we mean by Ngā toi Māori

Ngā Toi Māori includes Māori heritage arts practice such as tāmoko, tarai waka, waiata, mōteatea, rāranga, whakairo, te reo, whaikōrero, karanga and traditional Māori games. It also includes the work of Māori artists across all forms of contemporary arts practice.

Ngā toi Māori activities we support

We can fund a range of activities, for example:

Developing or presenting work

  • The creation, development and presentation of new work.
  • Commissions resulting in works that are ready for an initial public presentation.
  • Exhibiting Māori work within New Zealand.
  • Rehearsing and presenting theatre and dance productions to New Zealand audiences.
  • Touring of theatre or dance or music productions within New Zealand.
  • New recordings of waiata, puoro, storytelling, whaikōrero, karakia, Māori folklore and history.
  • Literary publishing.

Developing skills and audiences

  • Development of Māori artists and their work across all forms of contemporary arts practice, including theatre, music, dance, literature, visual arts, rāranga, whakairo, sculpture, painting, clay, ceramics, fibre, jewellery, printmaking, photography, drawing, and installation.
  • Mentoring and internships
  • Wānanga, Workshops, forums, masterclasses, seminars and other opportunities for creative and professional development for Māori artists and practitioners.
  • Initiatives for audience development.

Projects with international connections

  • International tours or presentations.
  • International opportunities for professional or creative development for Māori artists and practitioners.
  • Participating in international arts festivals and exhibitions, cultural exchanges or art symposiums.

Other Ngā Toi Māori projects

  • Community arts projects that focus on professional artists and practitioners working with communities, or that have regional or national significance.
  • Publication of exhibition catalogues and critical writing about Māori artists and their art.
  • Indigenous links, such as Māori artists working in collaboration with indigenous people of the Pacific Islands and other nations.
  • Documentary or archival projects that focus on Ngā toi Māori or artists.
  • Residencies

Examples of cultural arts practices that may be supported

  • Marae arts – wānanga that pass on the knowledge and skills of traditional Māori marae arts, including:
    • Karanga, whaikōrero, te reo Māori, whakapapa recitation, mōteatea and pao
    • The creation of new artistic works for marae (not restoration)
    • The adornment (whakairo, tukutuku and kōwhaiwhai) of new marae

  • Kapa Haka – support for:
    • the composition of mōteatea, waiata ā-ringa, waiata tawhito, poi, waiata haka, pao
    • wānanga to support skills development in associated artforms such as: te reo Māori (karakia, karanga, whaikorero), taonga puoro, mau rākau, rāranga and whakaraka
    • staging and technical costs for regional haka festivals
    • touring of work within New Zealand or internationally

  • Waka
    • Creation of waka (Tārai Waka)
    • Artistic adornment of traditional waka.

  • Te reo Māori: projects that promote and strengthen the use of te reo, including:
    • Books.
    • Recordings, for example of songs, stories, kīwaha and pepeha.
    • Theatre productions.
    • Wānanga reo.

Pacific arts

Artists working on a collaborative proposal between Māori and Pasifika artists may need to make separate applications for the different components of the proposed budget — that is, to Māori Arts for the Māori component of the budget, and to the Pacific Arts for the Pasifika component.

Other support for Ngā Toi Māori

Other government departments also fund Māori arts:

  • Te Māngai Pāho: music recording for iwi radio and CD production
  • Oranga Marae: the restoration of marae as centres of Māori identity and Mātauranga​
  • Te Mātāwai: funding for home and community-based initiatives contribute to revitalising te reo Māori