Arts Council of New Zealand Toi Aotearoa Act 2014

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Part 1
Preliminary provisions and provisions relating to Arts Council

Preliminary matters

3 Purpose and principles
  • (1) The purpose of this Act is to continue the Arts Council of New Zealand Toi Aotearoa, the national body for the arts established under the Arts Council of New Zealand Toi Aotearoa Act 1994, in order to encourage, promote, and support the arts in New Zealand for the benefit of all New Zealanders.

    (2) In achieving the purpose of this Act, all persons performing functions or exercising powers under it must—

    • (a) recognise the cultural diversity of the people of New Zealand; and

    • (b) recognise in the arts the role of Māori as tangata whenua; and

    • (c) recognise the arts of the Pacific Island peoples of New Zealand; and

    • (d) recognise and uphold the principles of—

      • (i) participation, by supporting initiatives that encourage participation in the arts; and

      • (ii) access, by supporting the availability of projects of merit to communities or sections of the population that would otherwise not have access to them; and

      • (iii) excellence and innovation, by supporting activities of artistic and cultural significance that develop the creative potential of artists and art forms; and

      • (iv) professionalism, by maintaining and developing a professional arts infrastructure at both the national and community levels; and

      • (v) advocacy, by promoting New Zealand’s arts and artists locally, nationally, and internationally.