Jacinda Ardern (who moonlights as the Minister of Arts, Culture, and Heritage) has been pouring millions in extra taxpayer funding into Creative NZ for its COVID-19 response.
Now we see the result: our research team have combed through the 637 grants (totalling $16 million) handed out under the new Arts Continuity fund, and you either have to laugh or cry.
Here are some highlights from the successful applications:
To research and write the first draft of
a novel about male affection in hypermasculine spaces.
Towards the composition, recording and
production of music inspired by the psychogeography of the West Coast.
To support the personnel costs and
post-production editing for an art documentary based on Papua New Guinea tattoo
practice and revival.
Towards writing a children’s picture book
(text only) about sustainable community activist Helen Dew.
To create and develop an online publication,
arts learning resources and musical content based on children’s drag theatre
show, The Glitter Garden.
Towards the composition and instrumental
arrangement of 10 songs for children, from ideas given by children.
Towards writing poetry that explores
indigeneity and love in the time of climate change.
Towards writing a novel about the
collapse of democracy in an association of alpaca breeders.
Towards a dance concept video showcasing
the impact Coronavirus has had on the New Zealand Chinese community.
Towards the development of a first draft
of a play that explores the menstrual cycle.
Towards an Indigenised Hypno-soundscape
to take you to the imagined worlds of our Kōrero Pūrākau.
Towards development of a movement
technique that guides and empowers the participants in becoming specialists in
their own body.
Towards 3 x hour-long live-streamed
electronic music performances with live visual animations, from a kitchen in
Towards a wananga for Maori healing
Towards composing and recording ten
original compositions inspired by emotions felt during the Covid-19 lockdown.
Towards development of a new body of work
exploring modernism, feminism & queerness, with specific reference to the
Towards revision and editing of a sailing
Towards a Māori, queer, young adult novel
adaptation of Hamlet based on my innovative unproduced screenplay ‘Hamarete’.
Towards designing new Māori typefaces for
print and digital.
Towards the writing, arranging and
preproduction of music that forms a song-cycle from the suburban labyrinth.
Remember: this money is all going straight onto the Debt Monster's credit card. Our kids will be paying it back with interest. It makes an absolute joke of the Government's COVID-19 response and proves how politicians will use any crisis as an excuse to do special favours for their favourite interest groups.Louis Houlbrooke is the Campaigns Manager for the New Zealand Taxpayers' Union.
I am laughing and crying at the same time.
I am seriously considering applying for a grant to "Study and promulgate aspects of the use of gobbledegook where its use results in significant fiscal advantage over and above those who otherwise have a better grasp of reality"
$100 K should do it
As you say, dont know whether to laugh or cry at such stupidity. Probably disbelief and anger that my money is used for such nonsense.
St John Ambulance. An essential service. But when it comes to funding, the government says NO. Yet more & more of our tax dollars are waisted on trivia, as listed above. Sorry, but the answer is; "It makes me cry."
The government gets away with this disgusting situation, because too few voters bother to research before they vote. Thankyou Mr. Houlbrooke, for enlightening those who support Muriels always welcome, & very informative, NZCPR News Letter.
I wonder why this sort of unbelievable wast of our money hasn't been printed in our daily papers, or discussed on our radios?
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