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Arts, Heritage & Culture Pou Refresh


In 2016, we outlined a more focused strategic direction and it’s now time to refresh our Arts, Heritage and Culture Pou within our strategy.

So, in early 2020 we started our journey to be out and about engaging with a wide range of stakeholders listening to their views on Arts, Heritage & Culture the strengths and challenges, and the priorities for our funding. Then with the outbreak of the COVID-19 global pandemic – everyone’s world quickly changed so we revised our engagement plan due to the very uncertain times.

Our engagement SO FAR


Working with the Centre of Social Impact our granting was analysed based on population data to help us understand the reach of our funding. They helped us to identify where there were gaps, the issues, trends and emergent practices relevant to the Arts, Heritage and Culture sectors, and they reviewed local and national strategies (e.g. the Murihiku Regional Arts Strategy and Three Lakes Cultural Trust Cultural Masterplan) and other documents to see how our strategy aligned with these.

We carried out a survey at the Amplify Arts Expo in May 2020 and have hosted and attended various focus groups, workshops and conversations on Arts, Heritage and Culture with a range of stakeholders throughout the region and connected with a variety of individuals.


As part of developing our commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi in parallel to this engagement we are also working with Iwi and part of this mahi includes korero on the refresh of our Arts, Heritage and Culture Pou. The aspirations of whānau and hapori Māori identified through this korero will then be reflected in our final refreshed Arts, Heritage and Culture Pou.



Share Your Views


All these voices have played a big part in shaping our emerging thinking and now we want to shape this further by hearing your views on the key themes and priorities that have emerged.


The survey should take around 10 minutes to complete.


Please click here to complete the survey


We will need to receive your input by Friday 19th November 2021


Next Steps


The feedback we receive will help staff and Trustees to finalise our Art, Heritage & Culture Pou priorities. It’s anticipated that the refreshed Pou will be implemented from 1 April 2022 and will guide our future activity and investment in Arts, Heritage, and Culture, and we will release a brief report on this mahi.