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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

Today in History

24/02/1912 - SS Earnslaw launched on Lake Wakatipu
For more than 50 years after it was launched, SS Earnslaw carried freight and people to and from remote lakeside settlements. ...

Te Matatini 2017

Te Matatini 2017

Te Matatini is a significant cultural festival and the pinnacle event for Māori performing arts. Held every two years, it is one of the most highly anticipated events for perfomers, their whānau and the mass of passionate Kapa Haka fans throughout the world. Join us in Hastings from Feb 22 – 26, 2017. ...