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

    24/11/1959 - Fifteen die in mysterious shipwreck
    All hands were lost when the modern coastal freighter Holmglen foundered off the South Canterbury coast. The cause of ...

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    View some of Te Ara's recent stories from their Creative and Intellectual Life theme.