The Arts and Culture Recovery Programme contributes to the achievement of these goals with the following specific objectives:

  • restore and extend broad participation in arts and cultural activities and engagement with heritage collections in greater Christchurch
  • recover infrastructure and enhance the way arts, culture, and heritage collections contribute to the reinvigoration of greater Christchurch for present and future generations
  • commemorate the people lost as a result of the earthquakes and recognise the effects of the earthquakes on the wider community.


Ruataniwha Kaiapoi Civic Centre

Ruataniwha Kaiapoi Civic Centre
Source: image courtesy of Warren Mahoney Architects.

While MCH has led the development of the recovery programme, the programme draws on information and ideas from a wide range of cultural agencies, government and non-government bodies and sector groups.  It covers all of greater Christchurch as defined by the CER Act 2011 and represents a co-ordinated approach by Ngāi Tahu, Christchurch City Council (CCC), Waimakariri District Council (WDC), Selwyn District Council (SDC) and government agencies.

Joint Agency Group – Te Tira Tūhono

Set up by the Ministry for Culture and Heritage (MCH) in early 2013, the core Joint-Agency Group (JAG) comprises representatives from MCH, CNZ, CCC and CERA. 

This group meets every three to four weeks and regularly consults with other interested parties.  These include greater Christchurch recovery partners (Ngāi Tahu, WDC and SDC), local arts and cultural sector stakeholders and other funders, such as the Canterbury Community Trust. 

The role of JAG is to: share information on arts and cultural sector issues and needs; identify opportunities for joint funding and support; and help progress work on agreed recovery and rebuild priorities.  It also leads some joint projects.  All JAG agencies have extensive sector networks and JAG regularly invites briefings from key sector representatives such as Arts Voice and updates from teams leading specific projects, such as the Performing Arts Precinct and Art by the River (Arts Trail). 

The Group has no decision-making authority and the individual agencies have their own operating mandates and programmes to support the sector.  However, through its meetings, JAG ensures regular information-sharing between agencies and a consistent and collective message to project organisers and to funders. JAG has been instrumental in progressing the Arts and Culture Recovery Programme.


Updated on 23rd July 2015