October 04, 2020
Party wants tenfold increase for kapa haka putea
The Māori Party wants to increase by tenfold the grant for Te Matatini, the Māori performing arts competition.
Waiāriki candidate Rawiri Waititi, a veteran performer, says kapahaka is not just a performing art but a repository of mātauranga Māori, reo, whakapapa, and history.
It also supports physical health and mental health, teaches teamwork and problem-solving skills, and builds confidence.
The proposal to boost funding from $1.9 million to $19 million a year is based on what ballet and classical music get compared with the size of their audience.
The party’s toi Māori policy also includes a new Māori arts body that receives equal funding to Creative New Zealand and a $10 million research fund to produce evidence of how toi Māori contributes to oranga Māori.
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