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

    26/01/1984 - Floods devastate Southland
    A record one-day total of up to 84.8 mm of rain had by 9 p.m. caused extensive surface flooding in the streets of Invercargill, ...

  • Blue kotuku logo for Waitangi 175
  • Waitangi 175

    2015 marks the 175th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi. The Ministry is part of the Waitangi 175 working group supporting commemorative activities.