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

    22/05/1884 - First NZ Rugby team in action
    The first representative New Zealand rugby team played its first match, defeating a Wellington XV 9-0 before embarking on a ...

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  • Head to the national road show

    The Flag Consideration Panel are traveling the country to encourage all New Zealanders to share what they stand for at the nationwide roadshow, public workshops and hui.