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.
Creative NZ. Image is illustration of a piggy bank, a hand holding a magnifying glass, a dollar sign and some coins.

The numbers aren’t in yet – but they don’t look promising for Creative New Zealand (CNZ) and those who rely on (or hope to draw on) their financial support.

Many in the creative community are sweating on where the incoming government will put their arts, culture and heritage priorities. Despite that unknown factor, CNZ has come on the front foot to spell out what it knows about the organisation’s financial forecast.

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