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

    31/10/1985 - Keri Hulme’s Bone people wins Booker Prize
    By 1985 Keri Hulme had won several New Zealand awards for her writing. But the decision to award her first novel, ...

  • Sam Neill at Te Ara's theme launch in October 2014
  • Launch of Te Ara's Creative & Intellectual Life theme

    Sam Neill recently launched the Creative and Intellectual Life theme of Te Ara which comprises of 103 stories organised into 9 sections and about 3,000 resources.