Toi Iho high on the agenda for the incoming new Labour coalition government 2017/2018

Toi Iho were excited to read the Arts Manifesto of the new government which focuses on Toi Iho as one of the areas they would like to consider. Since the removal of funding by Creative New Zealand a few years ago, Toi Iho has fallen off the radar for many, with some asking ‘is it still around?’ To this we answer a definite YES. Despite a lack of funding, there remains significant support within Maori arts communities for the ongoing operation of the Toi Iho mark, promoting high quality Maori art today.

We look forward to working with the new Government (who have also suggested a possible shake up of Creative New Zealand) in the upcoming few months.

“Toi Māori

Labour is a strong supporter of Māori traditional and contemporary art and artists. Māori culture is a key part of being a New Zealander and , New Zealand’s culture and arts can be showcased globally by supporting our performers and artists both domestically and internationally.

Labour will:  Continue to support Māori artists, including through the high quality Toi Iho branding  Develop further opportunities for young artists to promote their talent and product, such as through New Zealand Trade and Enterprise  Provide continued support for Māori performing arts through Te Matatini and consider further opportunities to support national competitions in schools to actively uphold the cultural expression of Māori  Continue to support national kapa haka competitions at all levels  Investigate how best to support national Māori Theatre initiatives.”

For more information about the Arts Manifesto read below:

LABOUR Arts Manifesto 2017

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