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.
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.
Caretakers of our taonga
We have a key role in military commemorations such as the return of the Unknown Warrior, when 100,000 people lined Wellington’s streets to pay their respects. 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.
A National War Memorial Park is to be created in Wellington as the Government’s key project to acknowledge the Centenary of the First World War, which will be completed in time to be the centrepiece of Anzac Day commemorations in 2015.
Tomb of the Unknown Warrior procession in Wellington, 11 November 2004.
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, ensuring The Classroom portal supports 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.
We’re accountable to our Ministers and support a number of Crown-funded cultural agencies.