Arts Pasifika Awards nominations now open
Arts Pasifika Awards recognise artists whose work characterises the richness and diversity of Pacific culture in this country.
Amount: Varies by award Closing 1pm, 4 July 2022
There are seven award categories:
- Senior Pasifika Artist Award
- Pacific Toa Award
- Pacific Heritage Artist Award
- Contemporary Pacific Artist Award
- Special Recognition Award
- Emerging Pacific Artist Award
- Iosefa Enari Memorial Award
Who can be nominated
- be a Pasifika artist* working across one or more artforms (either contemporary or heritage)
- be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident
- have a track-record of excellence and achievement and show potential for contributing to the further development of Pacific arts in New Zealand
- not be a previous recipient of the award in the same award category — see previous recipients
*When we refer to 'Pasifika artist' we are referring to an artist who identifies as per the definition in our Pacific Arts Strategy 2018 – 2023:
The Pacific Island peoples of New Zealand include all New Zealanders with a Pacific Island heritage. Pacific Islands refers to the islands and nations of Oceania, which include the islands and nations of Micronesia, Melanesia and Polynesia. We also use other similar words, like Pasifika meaning people living in Aotearoa/New Zealand who have Pacific Island heritage. You will also see terms for the Pacific like Oceania and Te Moana-nui-a-Kiva, which many consider to be more inclusive.
Who can make a nomination
- Anyone may make a nomination.
- Artists may also nominate themselves.
- Employees of Creative New Zealand and members of the Arts Council may not make nominations or be nominated.