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ACT The Liberal Party Rodney Hide

Lower taxes to encourage private sponsorship of artistic endeavours.
Reductions in regulations and red tape restricting the freedom of artists and other entrepreneurs.
Removal of government interference and politicisation of processes by which financial support is provided to artists and artistic endeavours.
Greater involvement of commercial sponsorship in the arts sector.
Scrap the special dole for artists scheme.

Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand Sue Kedgley

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New Zealand Labour Party Rt Hon Helen Clark

Creative New Zealand – an additional $950,000 per annum for baseline funding from 2005/06 for organisational capacity
New Zealand Symphony Orchestra – an additional $1.6 million in 2005/06 increasing to $2.2 million in 2006/07 and out years to maintain the orchestra’s current capacity and performance
$788,000 as a one-off appropriation for 2005/06 for capital funding to upgrade Wellington's Old Public Trust Building, which is partly owned by Creative New Zealand
Contribute up to an additional $3.6 million (GST exclusive) to the Auckland War Memorial Museum’s major redevelopment project

Maori Party Tariana Turia  
National Party of New Zealand Christopher Finlayson

Ensure that funding to the arts is maintained at the present level
Ensure that the Ministry and arts agencies are properly delivering the services they are established to provide
Ensure the full diversity of New Zealand’s culture and heritage is reflected in the arts with the funding of artists based on artistic merit
Explore options for encouraging increased private sector sponsorship of the arts
Ensure funding arrangements enable our national arts organisations to strengthen their activities in the regions, and acknowledge the importance of regional arts in nurturing vibrant communities

New Zealand First Hon Brian Donnelly

Examine the possibility of tax concessions for private and business donations for public art collections and public art centres
Review the possibility of income smoothing for artists over a number of years
Maintain funding programmes but ensure funds are fairly allocated and transparently applied
Legislate to establish art works owned by local authorities as a national collection from which works could not be alienated or privatised without going through a formal process

Progressive Coalition Hon Jim Anderton  
United Future New Zealand Hon Peter Dunne

Promote an environment where the cultural identities of a diverse people are recognised and actively promoted
Recognise the special place of Maori culture in New Zealand society
Review the funding of Creative New Zealand with a view to increasing accountability, and require ‘simple English’ explanations of all public monies allocated for cultural purposes
Strengthen community participation at all levels in the Historic Places Trust and provide adequate resourcing for its work
Address the funding formula of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra to reduce the need for additional funding injections, and balance with funding of regional orchestras

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