Creating culture, preserving heritage

Manatū Taonga, the Ministry for Culture and Heritage works to enrich the lives of all New Zealanders by supporting our dynamic culture and preserving our heritage.

We support many of New Zealand’s arts, media, heritage and sports organisations; advise government on cultural matters and provide research and resources for everyone to access. The organisations we fund deliver a wide range of cultural experiences for all to enjoy.

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  • Today in History

    01/08/1987 - Māori becomes official language
    The Maori Language Act came into force, meaning that te reo Māori could now be used in some legal proceedings. The Act ...

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  • New Zealand to mark First World War Centenary

    A public ceremony to mark the beginning of the First World War for New Zealand is being held at Parliament in Wellington on Monday 4 August at 9am.