Creative NZ Arts Grant-First Timers
Documentary and portrait photographer Sara (Hera) Tautuku Orme is one of many who will be applying for CNZ funding for the first time this morning.
Orme (Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Tarāwhai, Te Arawa, Pakeha) told The Big Idea the cut-off is already causing anxious times.
"That does stress me out. A lot of energy and time goes into this application and I'd be so gutted if I was 451. I am actually treating it like a sports event - the race starts at this time and you have to go as fast as you possibly can and be the best that you can possibly be. That's my approach - I'm gonna be at my laptop at quarter to nine, ready to go."
And that's not a given for many - school drop-offs or work commitments can make it nearly impossible.