Crazes for collecting ferns and stamps swept New Zealand in the 19th century. In the early 2000s collectors trawled garage sales, second-hand shops and the internet to...
It’s Time to Bring Fanfare Home to Christchurch
On 1 September SCAPE Public Art launched their Bring Fanfare Home Public Appeal Campaign to raise the targeted $50,000 needed to install Neil Dawson’s Fanfare in Christchurch.
Merchant Navy Day
3 September marks Merchant Navy Day. Several thousand New Zealanders served in the Merchant Navy during the Second World War. Their work was so essential to the Allies' war effort that the Merchant Navy was effectively regarded as the fourth service alongside the army, navy and air force.
Last poppies placed in newly named Arras Tunnel
Prime Minister John Key, Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee and Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Christopher Finlayson laid the last of 273 symbolic decorative poppies on the wall of the newly named Arras Tunnel, which runs underneath the National War Memorial Park site.
NZSO performs The Creation 216 years since it brought fame to its composer
This week sees the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra's performance of The Creation. Featuring some of the very best voices from New Zealand and abroad, the sensational talents of Madeleine Pierard and Jonathan Lemalu are joined by one of Britain’s leading young tenors, Robin Tritschler.
Top performers arrive for Mozart’s greatest opera
Some of opera’s most warmly regarded and awarded singers are arriving this week from around New Zealand and the world, as rehearsals pick up pace for the Auckland and Wellington seasons of Don Giovanni.
Ngā Toi | Arts Te Papa
Spectacular light installations, avant-garde Russian painting, modern Māori art and intimate portraits from New Zealand’s colonial past are just some of the remarkable artworks on show for visitors to the new season of Ngā Toi | Arts Te Papa.
No Front Line - new Vietnam oral history
Last week saw the launch of the Ministry's new publication "No front line : inside stories of New Zealand’s Vietnam War" which has been compiled from more than 150 veteran interviews recorded by the Ministry over the last 5 years for our Vietnam War oral history project website.
Aotearoa update from Edinburgh!
New Zealand artists continue to thrill at the largest arts showcase in the world. As the Edinburgh Fringe rounded out its first fortnight, Lemi Ponifasio/MAU’s dramatic I AM was staged at the Edinburgh Playhouse and Michael Houston performed at the Queen’s Hall for the Edinburgh International Festival.
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.