This advocacy will create the foundation for engaging and challenging the sector, and central and local government, to co-create a strategy to develop a stronger arts and culture ecosystem in Tāmaki Makaurau, and Aotearoa. The Network’s most recent initiative is a letter to government leaders inviting them to consider a range of actions to provide the long-term support and investment needed to strategically strengthen ngā toi in Aotearoa.
This mahi sees us working alongside organisations and individuals already involved in sector advocacy, including The University of Auckland, Creative New Zealand, and arts sector leaders. Ngā Toi Advocacy Network is central to this. The rōpū was formed at a hui we hosted in April 2020 to address sector challenges from COVID-19.
A diverse range of organisations participate in network hui. The network focuses on building sector strengths around six strategic priorities:
The outcomes sought from the network include;
Ngā Toi in Aotearoa – 2020 and beyond outlines key issues affecting ngā toi | the arts culture and creative sector and offers policy guidance on potential responses. This submission was produced to open a conversation on arts policy with political parties currently in Parliament, their arts and culture spokespeople and policy directors. It covers a range of issues, from sector leadership and governance, to Te Tiriti, to a national arts strategy, to infrastructure, and education.
The submission was developed through a collaboration between Te Taumata Toi-a-Iwi as Auckland’s regional arts trust, and the Ngā Toi Advocacy Network. The network represents a diverse range of arts organisations, arts advocacy groups, festival directors, independent arts consultants and researchers, and arts administrators. It aims to identify how to strategically strengthen ngā toi in Tāmaki Makaurau, and in Aotearoa.
The submission informed the pre-election forum Shaping the future of the arts, culture and creative sector with Hon Carmel Sepuloni (Associate Arts Culture and Heritage Minister), Jonathon Young MP (Arts Culture and Heritage spokesperson National Party), and Chlöe Swarbrick MP (Arts Culture and Heritage spokesperson Green Party). The forum identified a high degree of cross-party agreement on a number of issues covered in the submission.
A number of individuals and organisations in the sector chose to endorse the submission. A list of those supporters is included at the end of this document.
On 16th March 2021, we held a debate as part of the Auckland Arts Festival, with our partners Auckland Live. The topic was ‘Are the Arts essential?’, facilitating discussion around the importance that the arts play in our lives. Hosted by Tanea Heke, it featured Amber Curren, Madeleine Chapman and Eli Matthewson for the affirmative team, and James Nokise, Alice Canton and Toby Manhire for the negative team. Below are a selection of highlights from the debate.
Some of the Ngā Toi Advocacy Network members got together late 2020 to talk about priorities for the year ahead. While we had them together, we did some vox pops with them. These brief videos cover how COVID-19 had affected network members work and their organisations, their impressions from the pre-election forum on the arts, and their messages for the incoming government.