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1 Sep 2022

Expressions of Interest for Whiria Te Tāngata are open!!

We’re beyond excited to announce that expressions of interest for Whiria Te Tāngata (weave the people together) are open now – 30th September 

If you were given a wage, and 12 months to embed creativity in the community – what would you do?

We have an opportunity for a total of 10 independent artists, who connect to diverse and underrepresented communities across the Waikato – to take part in a paid, multi-community artist-in-residence pilot that will enable artists to practise and develop mahi with – and through – their communities.

The artists we seek will be Creative enablers, who are already offering their time and practice to create opportunities, space, connection, pathways and positive impact in their hapori (community) with arts, culture and creativity.

The selected 10 people will receive a part-time (0.5 FTE / 20 hours) wage of $500p/w (gross) with access to a materials budget over the 12 month period – and will each be paired with an established tuakana (mentor) to support both creative development practice, and community activation.

Oh we know….. It’s the opportunity-of-a-lifetime, and Creative Waikato will provide a dedicated project manager, as well as support, capability building and evaluation throughout the project’s duration. 

Expressing your interest 

If you are interested in this project you must: 

  • Live in the Waikato 
  • Be over 18 years old, and have the ability to legally work in Aotearoa
  • Be able to commit to and deliver 12 months of activity
  • Have a proven connection to one or more of the following communities:
    Māori, Pasifika, Migrant, Refugee, Asian, Disabled, LGBTQI+, Rural (non-urbanised area)
  • Be already working to awhi/support your hapori (community) through arts, culture and creativity
  • Be available to attend the first hui on Sunday 30th October
  • Have carefully read/re-read and understood all the details in this brief

A shortlist will be established from these expressions, and those on this list will be required to submit a full proposal before the final selection is made. 

All updates and announcements will be made on our Social Media channels and you can download this bag of promo goodies to help spread the news. If you have any questions please DM us or reach out to hello@creativewaikato.co.nz

Express your interest now by filling out this form

The multi-community artists residency pilot was made possible with funding from Manatū Taonga, Ministry of Culture and Heritage.


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  • Do I have to be GST registered?

    No. If you are not GST registered, we will deduct withholding tax from your weekly payment, as per New Zealand income tax laws

  • What is withholding tax?

    Withholding tax is a type of income tax deduction. It helps people to pay tax on all their income, not just salary or wages.

    When someone earns income from interest, contract work or other sources that are not salary or wages, there are some situations when the payer must withhold tax from that income and pay it to Inland Revenue on the person’s behalf.

    More at ird.govt.nz

  • What does $500 p/w gross mean?

    $500 per week. Gross = amount before the deduction of tax.

  • What is FTE?

    Full time equivalent. Full time here is considered 40 working hours per week, so a 0.50FTE is 20 working hours per week.

  • What do you mean by community?

    The community may be physically spread but is socially connected and share liked and lived experiences. The community group would be meeting regularly or semi regularly.

  • Do I have to work with the community?

    Yes. We are looking for Creative Enablers, who may already have a community practice. Or artists who have aspirations to work with the community and can turn their creative work to an outward focus. Often these artists are already working voluntarily with their community.

  • What does showing evidence of previous work mean?

    Providing examples of the work you have done, that not only showcases your artistic practice, but provides evidence of your work with the community you are connected to. This may include, but is not limited to photos, reviews, videos, portfolios, written articles, testimonials, etc.

    Evidence is to be provided supplementary to any supplied CV and/or Social profiles.