"In times of crisis, arts, culture and creative experiences play an essential
role. Whether through a music gig, a performing arts festival, a visual art
exhibit or a well-thumbed book – these bring joy, comfort and relief in
Taking part in creative activities and events boosts individual and collective
wellbeing, brings communities together, and keeps our social bonds in tune.
But the full potential of arts, culture and creativity to create positive
social change has been held back by cycles of crisis in Aotearoa New Zealand’s
The government’s recent announcement of a NZ$22 million top-up to arts funding
body Creative New Zealand Toi Aotearoa offers temporary relief to a financially
strained sector, but this short-term measure exposes the absence of a wider
strategy from Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage.
It is time for a long-term national Ngā Toi Arts and Culture strategy to
provide a much-needed circuit breaker."
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics