The arts are important in strengthening the city and communities. Arts Advisors are available to provide advice and are interested in fostering partnerships and collaborative projects.

Pou hihiri
Pou rarama 
Pou o te whakaaro
Pou o te tangata
Pou o te aroha
Te Pou e here nei I a tatou              
Mauri ora ki a tatou
Haumi e
Hui e
Taiki e
May clarity be yours
May understanding be yours
through reflection
through personal endeavour
through respect
the virtues which bind us as one
may we be filled with wellbeing


Christchurch City Council is committed to achieving an enlivened and creative city, where the arts are recognised as being essential to cultural and social well-being. The Arts Policy and Strategy aims to support the development of local artists, generate new opportunities for employment and artistic expression and participation, as well as improving the quality of the built environment through public arts.

Arts Advisors are available to provide advice and assistance to artists, arts organisations and the wider community, and are interested in fostering partnerships and collaborative projects.

Council provides a range of funding mechanisms to support arts and cultural projects, creative organisations and businesses, including the Creative Communities Scheme (managed on behalf of Creative New Zealand ), the Strengthening Communities Fund, the Creative Industries Support Fund, the Transitional City Projects Fund, and the Events and Festivals Fund.

Toi Maori

Council is committed to local Māori arts practice and language development. Māori arts celebrate our unique past and are making an invaluable contribution to the city’s rebuild. Council has legislated responsibilities to Māori which includes ensuring there are opportunities for Māori to participate in public life. Promoting and developing traditional and contemporary Māori arts practices and language in Ōtautahi Christchurch is an important component of this and is given effect through Council’s Arts Policy and Strategy.

Arts in the rebuild

Arts and culture have a major role to play in the rebuild and revitalisation of our city.

Creative life is being brought back to the central city with a number of anchor projects in the central city that will draw on the rich natural and cultural heritage of the city, and provide Christchurch with world-class facilities, including the Christchurch Art Gallery, Christchurch Town Hall, Performing Arts Precinct, and Central Library.

Council is also encouraging developers to enhance significant building work underway in the city through a hoarding rebate scheme.