Supporting artists to thrive 

The Green Party will ensure better working conditions, more certainty, and greater opportunities for Aotearoa’s artists and creatives.

Our art, artists and creatives tell the stories of our communities and help make sense of the world around us.

Previous governments have starved the sector of necessary investment. Right now, many of our creatives are working without the certainty of a stable income. Many don’t even know if there will be a suitable venue to showcase what they have created.

Arts, culture, and creativity is vital for healthy, vibrant people and communities. Like other community infrastructure, the arts, culture, and creative sector needs proper support.

It is time to ensure artists and creatives are valued, respected, and recognised for their work. We will fund artists properly and support the local venues that are critical for artists to build an audience.

Together, we can support the people behind the books, music, movies, shows, and images we love.

Our plan

  • Ensure all publicly-funded projects pay at least the living wage to artists, and expand paid artist residencies including Whiria te Tangata.
  • Support and invest in repatriating taonga currently overseas, back to iwi, hapū, and whānau Māori.
  • Provide stable funding for cultural and creative organisations and events both nationally and regionally, including long-term funding commitments for significant creative initiatives such as Te Matatini and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.
  • Ensure that there are a range of creative education and training opportunities to support and expand the local creative sector.
  • Fund alcohol-free venues, and replace arts funding from gambling revenue with stable, increased investment indexed to inflation.
  • Support increased funding for quality, noncommercial public media that nurtures and promotes our talent and creativity as a nation, reflecting the unique social and cultural diversity of Aotearoa.
  • Increase resourcing for student, community Māori, and Pasifika media and radio.

You can find our full manifesto here