Our people share a commitment to creating an environment in which New Zealand culture thrives and our heritage is valued and preserved. Read about our Ministers and Management Leadership Team and some of our subject specialists.
Our key goal is to preserve, create and value New Zealand’s culture and heritage. We believe that the more New Zealanders value their culture and heritage, the more they’ll take part in producing and consuming culture.
In the five years to 2014, GDP in the arts and culture sub-set increased by 2.6 percent per annum compared with 1.6 percent per annum in the total economy.
We employ some of New Zealand’s leading historians – it’s their work you’ll see in our print publications and on our websites – but we also support other agencies working towards cultural goals. For example, there were more than 30,000 visitors to Te Matatini's 2015 Kapa Haka Festival in Christchurch, one of the agencies that we fund and monitor.
Caretakers of our taonga
We have a key role in military commemorations which saw an estimated 50,000 people present at the Pukeahu National War Memorial Park and surrounding streets on Anzac Day 2015.
Our heritage advisers help to protect and preserve New Zealand’s national monuments, memorials, war graves and national symbols, and work within the Protected Objects legislation that safeguards our movable heritage.
We are involved with the National Landmarks Listing project which aims to identify the most iconic New Zealand places to protect and promote.
Spirit of the Park performers at the opening ceremony for Pukeahu National War Memorial Park in April 2015. Image is courtesy of Colin McLellan.
Working across government
Our policy advisers work with other government agencies to develop cultural initiatives such as statistical reports, capital funding for regional museums, and building international awareness of New Zealand through the Cultural Diplomacy International Programme. We also have a role in the education sector, with our high quality culture and heritage content websites such as Te Ara – The Encyclopedia of New Zealand and NZHistory.net.nz supporting the school history curriculum.
The programme office for WW100 is housed in the Ministry, and is supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the New Zealand Defence Force and the Department of Internal Affairs. The office is charged with leading, coordinating and publicising the WW100 programme. In doing so, we will integrate official and community responses to the centenary. The 2014-2019 WW100 Programme is well underway as the legacy project, the Ngā Tapuwae First World Heritage Trails for Gallipoli and the Western Front are now available in a variey of formats.
We’re accountable to our Ministers and support a number of Crown-funded cultural agencies.