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

    25/10/1971 - End of the line for steam railways
    The Christchurch-Dunedin overnight express, headed by a JA-class locomotive, ran the last scheduled steam-hauled service ...

  • Sam Neill at Te Ara's theme launch in October 2014
  • Launch of Te Ara's Creative & Intellectual Life theme

    This week Sam Neill launched the Creative and Intellectual Life theme of Te Ara which comprises of 103 stories organised into 9 sections and about 3,000 resources.