Arts in the Election Spotlight
The arts deserve political attention, especially in the current climate.
And thanks to the Shaping the future of the Arts, Heritage and Creative sector Election Forum - it got it in spades.
With Arts, Culture and Heritages spokespeople from Labour, National and the Greens represented - the online forum, hosted by Te Taumata Toi-a-Iwi and moderated with panache by experienced broadcaster Miriama Kamo was an enlightening one full of lively debate.
A huge range of issues were discussed, including promising signs for cross-party support for the recently announced $150 million arts and culture funding from the current government.
This forum could hold the key to how members of the creative community cast their vote in the general election in October.
Watch Hon Carmel Sepuloni, Jonathan Young MP and Chlöe Swarbrick MP make their cases and answer questions sent in direct from The Big Idea followers.
They've had their say - it's soon time to have yours.