Creative New Zealand – call for peer assessors

Creative New Zealand is looking for nominations for external peer assessors to join our pool of assessors for the next calendar year from March 2020.


Kāhore taku toa i te toa takitahi, he toa takitini – We cannot succeed without the support of those around us

What’s the gig?

External assessors are asked to provide peer assessment of funding applications across all of Creative New Zealand’s funding programmes and initiatives.

Who are we looking for?

We’re looking for people to be a part of our assessment mahi, who are keen to make a difference in the arts in Aotearoa, provide feedback and help develop the New Zealand arts sector.

They are people with an in-depth understanding of the art sector and current artform practice, including international trends and markets, or specialist knowledge of an area of arts development or capability building.

Where is the expertise needed?

New peer assessors are required in the following areas of expertise:

  • Māori Dance, Māori Literature, Māori Visual Arts
  • Festivals
  • Pacific Dance, Pacific Music, Pacific Heritage Arts, Pacific Craft/Object, Pacific Interarts
  • Indian Dance
  • Jazz/Improvised music
  • Graphic novelists
  • knowledge of overseas markets

We’re also looking for youth assessors – who are either under the age of 25 with an in-depth understanding of an artform, or have experience in delivering within an artform to young people.

Assessors who are based in Southland are also needed.

If you’re based overseas, you must be a New Zealand citizen or resident and have a current understanding of the New Zealand creative sector.


More information on the role of external assessors, selection process, workload, payment and conflict of interest can be found in the peer assessor terms and conditions document on our website.

Training is provided for all assessors, so you can be sure you will be well-supported in your mahi.

To enrol as a Creative New Zealand peer assessor, complete the nomination form and submit by Friday 13 December to

If there are any queries or if you are thinking of becoming involved, feel free to contact Senior Adviser, Assessment Services Lee Martelli (above).

New assessors will join our talent pool and be eligible to assess from March 2020.

Written by

Creative New Zealand

13 Nov 2019

Creative New Zealand encourages, promotes and supports the arts in New Zealand for the benefit of all New Zealanders through funding, capability building, our international programme and advocacy.