"Funding for the arts and tertiary education in Aotearoa New Zealand has long
been insufficient. Run the two together, as is happening this year, and we find
ourselves at a precarious junction.
Arts and humanities departments in general are threatened by job and course
losses due to the university underfunding crisis. In music education alone, the
cuts have already been extensive.
Te Auaha, Te Pukenga’s creative campus in Wellington, has folded most of its
music programmes. The Auckland campus of the Music and Audio Institute of New
Zealand (MAINZ) is closing too.
Schools of music at Auckland, Waikato and Otago universities have all gone
through significant restructuring over the past decade. Massey University’s
creative programmes may be under review. The future of the New Zealand School
of Music at Te Herenga Waka-Victoria University of Wellington is also
The country’s creative and critical culture of music will be substantially
diminished as a result. How can we sustain vibrant popular, classical, jazz,
electronic and experimental music scenes without the institutions that nurture
and produce musical talent?"
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics