Empire and Commonwealth
In the early 20th century the hugely powerful British Empire spanned the globe. As its colonies gradually became independent, many of them retained their ties...
NZ's First World War horses
Between 1914 and 1916 the NZ government acquired more than 10,000 horses to equip the New Zealand Expeditionary Force. They served where most New Zealanders served - in German Samoa, at Gallipoli, in the Middle East and on the Western Front. Read more in our NZHistory.net feature.
Suffrage Petition sheets are now online
The Ministry's NZHistory has launched a new addition to the suffrage petition database - the digitised copies of all 546 sheets from the original petition. Rescanned by Archives NZ, the sheet images are linked from both the ‘Sheet no’ column on the database page and from each individual woman’s page.
Find New Zealand Artists in one place
Find New Zealand Artists is a new website that directs people to information sources on exhibiting New Zealand artists past and present. It enables everyone from hobbyists to professional researchers to easily locate the wealth of artist information held across NZ Zealand libraries.
Why is looking good so important?
The Ministry's Te Ara website focuses on 3 recently launched stories which look at the ways people change their appearance for social and cultural reasons. We explore personal grooming, Tā moko – Māori tattooing and body shape and dieting.
Map Exhibition at the Department of Conservation, Wellington
The foyer of Conservation House on Manners Street, Wellington is the venue for a new exhibition of maps showing until Jan 31st 2014. The exhibition is an opportunity to display some old maps that the Department has and to celebrate cartography and map making at all scales.
Christchurch's High St stories
The Canterbury earthquakes irrevocably damaged Christchurch’s High Street precinct. The area’s Victorian and Edwardian streetscapes and series of lively interconnected laneways have changed forever. This is a collection of stories from High Street, Christchurch.
Book now for the NZSO's Messiah
The NZSO is pleased to announce this final performance of the 2013 concert season. For generations Handel’s Messiah has been synonymous with the Christmas season. Conducted by Richard Gill, the NZSO invites you to join them for this touching master piece.
New Zealand and the First World War book
The first of its kind for New Zealand – a lavish, landmark production – NZ and the First World War dynamically illustrates 50 key episodes of our wartime life. Featuring over 500 images, many previously unpublished, the book comes with a host of other memorabilia.
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.