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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

21/02/1879 - Kaitangata mining disaster
On the morning of 21 February 1879, an explosion rocked the coalmine at Kaitangata, South Otago. 21/02/1879 - Kaitangata ...

Coming together in a Place to Remember on February 22

Coming together in a Place to Remember on February 22

First responders, a representative of those injured in the earthquakes and a talented young local musician will play key roles in this week’s Dedication of the Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial and Civic Commemorative event marking the sixth anniversary of the deadly quake. ...