The Big Idea

The Big Idea | Te Aria Nui is New Zealand’s online hub for creative people. Our aim is to support talented, innovative individuals and organisations, back the creative industries and advocate for creativity as an essential ingredient in the cultural and economic wealth of New Zealand. The Big Idea provides resources for the whole creative sector, including those seeking to turn their ‘big ideas’ into viable projects, careers and businesses. We are the go-to destination for work opportunities, event listings, arts stories and creative inspiration. The Big Idea is a not-for-profit trust started in 2001 and is New Zealand’s longest running creative sector website.

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Career Advice

Back yourself: an honest guide on how to be a creative freelancer

Thinking about going on the 'lance? Valuable advice about diving into the freelance world from an illustrator, a writer and…

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Arts media 'on edge of collapse' – how to rebuild it

A new report looks at the current relationship between the arts and media sectors, with some bold recommendations on what…

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Opinions & Analysis

Predicting arts and culture landscape under National/ACT

While the New Zealand arts sector waits for the new government to take shape, Andrew Paul Wood explores what is…

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Creative NZ’s financial future laid bare

Creative NZ Chief Executive, Stephen Wainwright, explains what lies ahead for the country's leading source of arts funding.

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Opinions & Analysis

What does new NZ government mean for creativity?

The Big Idea asks creative leaders how Aotearoa's political shift to the right could impact arts, culture and heritage –…


Latest blow in gutting of NZ theatre education

The cuts set to ravage Victoria University of Wellington continue an alarming trend for Aotearoa's tertiary theatre education. James Wenley…

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Career Advice

Why you need to stop obsessing about your potential

Feel like you're held hostage by the pressure of living up to your potential? Verity Johnson has put together a…

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Autism and the arts

What can creatives can do to help raise acceptance and awareness of neurodiverse artists living with autism?

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How visual intelligence can build ‘cultural capital’

Anyone can look at art – but it turns out the perception of art is a skill so valuable, it's…

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Career Advice

10 top tips on how to make your own movie

Former Director of South Seas Film School, producer, director and self-confessed movie nut, Adam Fresco offers a hands-on guide to…

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