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

    21/12/1964 - NZ whalers harpoon their last victim
    More than 170 years of New Zealand whaling history ended when J.A. Perano and Company caught its last whale off the ...

  • Two girls, probably sisters, admire a doll during Christmas Eve shopping in 1956
  • Te Ara's overview on shopping

    Te Ara's final newsletter for 2014 examines the timely topics of NZ shops and public holidays. Photo is of two girls, probably sisters admiring a doll during Christmas Eve shopping ...