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

    02/07/1938 - Electric trains come to Wellington
    Opened on 2 July 1938, the Johnsonville suburban line was the first in the country to be served by electric multiple units. ...

  • Basil Keane speaking at a podium
  • Te ringa toihau nui

    In the latest Te Ara newsletter, we highlight the work of former Director of Māori digital projects Basil Keane and his immense contribution to the Ministry.