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Heritage Services

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Heritage Services

Scope

Management of new memorial projects, national monuments, war and historic graves; promotion of cultural events; administration of legislation and grants; and research, writing and publication of New Zealand history and reference works including Te Ara – The (on-line) Encyclopedia of New Zealand.

What we delivered

This output contributes to the following sector priorities (described in more detail on page 9):

  • Fostering inclusive New Zealand identity
  • Supporting Māori cultural aspirations
  • Front-footing transformative technology
  • Measuring and maximising public value.

During 2015/16 we:

WW100

  • Continued to connect New Zealanders around the country with New Zealand’s World War One stories and heritage through the delivery, with our key partners, of New Zealand’s First World War centenary commemorations projects. Key events in 2015/16 included the commemoration of the centenary of the Battle for Chunuk Bair and the 100th anniversary of the first Anzac Day commemorations in 1916 which was supported by a briefing kit for media, a direct mail package to public and university libraries and museums, and the #MyAnzacDay photo competition.
  • Carried out an interim survey to assess the extent to which New Zealanders’ knowledge and understanding of the First World War has been enhanced by the WW100 programme.

Pukeahu National War Memorial Park development and Education Programme

  • Continued the development of Pukeahu National War Memorial Park as a community space and iconic national site for New Zealanders to explore their history, heritage and culture. With the opening of the Park, visitors to the National War Memorial exceeded 120,000 in 2015/16.
  • Continued to work with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and embassies to develop international memorials to be installed in Pukeahu.
  • Continued to develop the Pukeahu Education Programme with over 10,000 students participating in the programme by the end of the 2015 school year.
  • Commenced the refurbishment of the former Home of Compassion crèche, located within Pukeahu National War Memorial Park, to create a dedicated base for the Pukeahu Education Programme. The centre opened in August 2016 and is called the Queen Elizabeth II Pukeahu Education Centre as New Zealand’s gift to mark Her Majesty’s 90th birthday.

Telling our stories

  • Provided a wide range of high-quality historical and cultural information that engages New Zealanders and international audiences in New Zealand’s stories using a range of media, including print and digital. These included delivering First World War centenary commemorative digital and print projects, and maintaining and developing a wide range of websites, including Te Ara – The Encyclopedia of New Zealand; NZHistory; and websites dedicated to the 28th Māori Battalion and the Vietnam War.
  • Produced digital and print publications that showcase and celebrate Māori culture, history, and language including Te Taiwhakaea, a major new project about Treaty Settlement stories.
  • Supported stories of, and community engagement with New Zealand’s history and heritage through the annual New Zealand Oral History Awards, Awards in History and the Waitangi Day Fund.

Commemorations

  • Led development of a programme of commemorative events to support New Zealanders in exploring the stories and lasting impact of significant events in our history. These include the 250th anniversary of the Endeavour landings in 2019 and the establishment of a Government Working Group and the National Coordinating Committee for the anniversary, and the 125th anniversary of Women’s Suffrage in 2018.

Heritage protection

  • Ensured the care and maintenance of war graves and historic monuments in New Zealand and abroad including the maintenance and care for over 3,600 war graves and memorials in New Zealand over the past two years and management of a continuing programme of planned maintenance of overseas memorials and war graves.
  • Protected New Zealanders’ access to their movable heritage through the administration of the Protected Objects Act 1975, which regulates the export of protected objects and the notification and care of newly found taonga tūturu. Presentations were made to key stakeholders around the country to raise awareness of the Act.
  • Protected the use of names, titles and symbols of significance to New Zealanders through the administration of the Flags, Emblems and Names Protection Act. In 2015/16 this included supporting New Zealanders’ engagement in the two New Zealand Flag referenda through the provision of information on the history and protocols of the New Zealand Flag and other New Zealand ensigns.

How well we delivered it

This section provides an assessment of our delivery against the performance measures set out in the Information Supporting the Estimates for 2015/16.

Administration of legislation to protect New Zealand and taonga Māori and cultural heritage

Performance measures

Actual performance 2015 

Budget standard      2016   

Actual performance 2016

Export enquiries and applications under the Protected Objects Act are processed within three months of receipt by the Ministry

New measure

100%

100% 

Taonga tūturu cases where no claims for ownership are submitted have long-term custody arrangements approved by the Chief Executive of the Ministry within six months of public notification

New measure

100%

100% 

Applications in relation to the Flags, Emblems and Names Protection Act 1981 submitted to the minister within three months of receipt

50%

100%

100% 

Ministerial acceptance of advice in relation to the Flags, Emblems and Names Protection Act 1981

100%

100%

100% 

Maintain war graves and access to memorials and other places of national significance

Performance measures

Actual performance 2015 

Budget standard      2016   

Actual performance 2016

Manage biennial programme of inspections and planned repairs for war graves and memorials included in the Ministry's portfolio within New Zealand

New measure

Delivered against plan

95% Delivered against plan

Improve interpretation at memorials in New Zealand and complete planned maintenance and site development at key offshore memorials

New measure

Delivered against plan

Delivered against plan

Visitors reporting increased levels of understanding and awareness of New Zealand's military history after visiting the Pukeahu National War Memorial Park

New measure

100%

85% 

War graves and memorials

Over the past two years 507 out of 532 sites, encompassing 3,635 war graves and 97 monuments/memorials and historic sites in New Zealand have been inspected. The remaining sites were not inspected owing to circumstances beyond the Ministry’s control, such as bad weather and poor access to grave sites.

Increased levels of understanding and awareness of New Zealand's military history after visiting the Pukeahu National War Memorial Park

128 people completed a survey after visiting the Pukeahu National War Memorial Park. 85% of those surveyed answered ‘yes’ to the question asking if they felt better informed about New Zealand’s military history after their visit.

Promotion of cultural events and significant commemorations

Performance measures

Actual performance 2015 

Budget standard      2016   

Actual performance 2016

Ministerial satisfaction with the co-ordination of anniversaries and the commemorations programme

No feedback was provided

Rated ‘good’ or better

Rated ‘Very good’

Ministerial satisfaction with co-ordination of the WW100 programme

New measure

Rated ‘good’ or better

Rated ‘Very good’

Social media reach across WW100 programme

New measure

Average monthly reach of 100,000

329,877 

Information on and communication of New Zealand and Māori history, society and culture

Performance measures

Actual performance 2015 

Budget standard      2016   

Actual performance 2016

Manage annual programme to collect, preserve, and provide information on New Zealand and Māori history, society and culture

New measure

Delivered against plan

Delivered against plan

Annual number of total visits to the Ministry’s websites

11.2 million

10.5 million

10.8 million 

Annual number of page impressions for Ministry’s websites

31.7 million

31.2 million

32 million 

Annual number of returning visitors to the Ministry’s websites

4 million

3.5 million

3.8 million 

Financial performance

 

Actual

Budget*

Revised Budget*

Actual

2015

2016

2016

2016

$000

$000

$000

$000

Revenue Crown

            9,294

            7,691

            8,398

            8,398

Revenue other

               936

            1,077

               700

               702

Total revenue

          10,230

            8,768

            9,098

            9,100

Total expenses

            9,495

            8,768

            9,098

            9,034

Surplus/(deficit)

               735

                    -

                    -

                 66

  • The statement of accounting policies provides explanations of these figures which are not subject to audit.

 



Updated on 16th March 2017