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

    30/09/1878 - Great Flood hits South Island
    The ‘Great Flood’ of 1878 killed at least three people and thousands of animals as it swept across the southern South Island ...

  • Book cover for 'Holding on to home'
  • Come along to our Public History talk on Wed 01 Oct

    Please join us this Wed 1 October at 12.15pm to hear Kate Hunter and Kirstie Ross discuss their recent publication - Holding On To Home: New Zealand Stories and Objects of the ...