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2016 CLNZ Contestable Fund Investments Announced

20 October 2016

Copyright Licensing New Zealand is delighted to announce the successful applicants in the third round of the CLNZ Contestable Fund. Introduced in 2014, the fund was established to support strategic projects that demonstrate New Zealand publishing growth and development, including within education. In 2016, total funds available were $75,000.

The projects receiving funding contributions in 2016 are:

  • Toitoi Media Limited $7,600
  • Huia (NZ) Ltd $10,000
  • Lesley Smith $10,000
  • NZ Book Awards Trust $20,000
  • Prue Langbein $8,000
  • Clean Slate Press Ltd $8000
  • Zak Waipara $5000
  • Flying Start Books Ltd $5000

Funding contributions will be made to Huia Publishing, Clean Slate Press and Zak Waipara, for projects that specifically encourage Te Reo in primary school classrooms. Toitoi Media Ltd receives funding to help deliver New Zealand student journal publications and teaching resources into low decile schools. Authors Lesley Smith and Prue Langbein also receive contributions towards their individual writing projects. The New Zealand Book Awards Trust receives $20,000 towards the employment of a part-time manager, who will help to enhance the delivery of the NZ Book Awards, NZ Children’s Book Awards and National Poetry Day. Flying Start Books Ltd receives a contribution of $5,000 towards their project to develop their digital export trade.

The Selection Panel were very pleased with the breadth of the projects covered by the 59 applications that were received. While selecting the successful applications was difficult, those chosen represent an excellent range of content creation and distribution projects.

CEO of CLNZ, Paula Browning, said “We intentionally established the Contestable Fund with broad criteria and the variety of projects that have been funded in the past 3 years, endorses this approach. Investing in authors and publishers and supporting organisations that deliver value to the sector is what the CLNZ Cultural Fund (where this funding comes from) was set up for.”

Applications for the next round of the CLNZ Contestable Fund will be called for in mid-2017.

The Contestable Fund is part of CLNZ’s Cultural Fund, which derives revenue from CLNZ’s licensing activity in New Zealand. The licensed copying of copyright material is helping to fund the creation of new work.