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

    03/09/1939 - New Zealand declares war on Germany
    Alongside Britain and Australia, New Zealand was one of the first countries to become involved in the global conflict ...

  • Academic Bill Manhire in front of a blackboard
  • Te Ara's blog on the mighty pen

    At a moment when we seem to be remembering the contribution that the sword of war made to our nation’s history, it is salutary to recall that the pen is even mightier.