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Vote Arts Culture and Heritage Policy Advice, Monitoring of Funded Agencies and Ministerial Servicing

Scope

Policy advice

The provision of advice to support decision-making by Ministers on government policy matters relating to arts, culture, heritage and broadcasting.

Monitoring of funded agencies

Monitoring the Crown’s interests in sector agencies.

Ministerial servicing

Providing negotiated services to the Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage and the Minister of Broadcasting.

What we delivered

This output expense supports our achievement of our outcomes and impacts set out above. This output contributes to the following impacts:

  • Our histories, taonga, places and symbols of nationhood are preserved for past, present and future generations.
  • People understand and enjoy New Zealand’s diverse culture and heritage.
  • Our culture inspires positive changes in communities, the economy, and the environment.
  • New Zealand’s unique Māori culture and heritage is protected and enhanced.
  • A joined-up cultural sector strengthens performance and flexibility

During 2014/15, we have:

  • Provided advice on policy, legislation and funding to enhance the development of cultural sector services and activities, including visual, performing and literary arts, historic heritage, museum collections, taonga and whare taonga, cultural tourism, broadcasting and media standards.
  • Provided advice on policy, funding, and other opportunities to enhance the contribution of the cultural sector to the Government’s wider social and economic goals.
  • Developed a strategy to frame and drive the Government’s investments in New Zealand’s culture in the medium term.
  • Provided advice on policy, legislation, and funding to enhance sector coherence and infrastructure.
  • Worked with key agencies to increase levels of private and philanthropic giving in the wider cultural sector.
  • Provided advice on policy, legislation and funding to enhance the development of Māori culture and heritage, including researching and advising on approaches to whare taonga initiatives.
  • Worked with Auckland Council to develop and implement an arts and culture strategy for Auckland.
  • Supported the recovery from the Canterbury earthquakes by contributing to a range of cultural initiatives in greater Christchurch.
  • Developed policy to incentivise structural upgrading of heritage buildings as part of the review of the earthquake-prone building provisions of the Building Act 2004 (led by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment).
  • Supported an Auckland-based Sistema Aotearoa project and advised on options for support of similar projects in other parts of New Zealand.
  • Facilitated co-production agreements, in particular, with Poland and Israel.
  • Completed the one year review of the New Zealand Screen Production Review in collaboration with the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment.
  • Improved funded agencies’ strategic planning and performance reporting frameworks through collaboration and support.
  • Advised on mechanisms for sustaining the performance and financial strength of key cultural sector agencies, through agency cooperation and assisting the cultural sector to diversify revenues.
  • Advised on the appointment of board members for Crown-connected agencies.
  • Advised on and administered legislation for the cultural Crown entities.

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 2014/15.

Policy Advice, Monitoring of Funded Agencies and Ministerial Services

Performance measures

Actual performance

2014

Budget standard

2015

Actual performance 2015

Ministerial satisfaction with the quality and timeliness of policy advice, monitoring of funded agencies and ministerial services

80%

80%

60%

Policy advice

Performance measures

Actual performance

2014

Budget standard

2015

Actual performance 2015

Number of briefings, reports and other updates provided to Vote Ministers

277

250

220

The quality of written policy papers to the Vote Ministers, as assessed by an external independent reviewer on an annual basis

70%

75%

76%

Ministerial satisfaction with the quality and timeliness of advice

82%

80%

60%

Cost per output hour*

$83.41

$100.00

$79.86

Monitoring of funded agencies

Performance measures

Actual performance

2014

Budget standard

2015

Actual performance 2015

Number of briefings, reports and other updates provided to Vote Ministers

141

120

189

Ministerial satisfaction with the quality and timeliness of performance advice is consistently high

82%

80%

60%

 Ministerial servicing

Performance measures

Actual performance

2014

Budget standard

2015

Actual performance 2015

Ministerial satisfaction with the quality and timeliness of correspondence

86%

85%

60%

All timeframes for Ministerial correspondence replies, Parliamentary question responses, and Ministerial Official Information Act requests are met

93.91%

100%

97.84%

Number of draft ministerial correspondence, replies to the house, and sets of speech notes provided to the Vote Ministers

847

1,000

911

Number of new appointments to Crown-connected Boards

41

22

17

Number of reappointments to Crown-connected Boards

20

13

26

 

Number of briefings, reports and other updates

Advice was provided on:
Policy advice                                      220
Monitoring of funded agencies      189
Ministerial servicing                          917

The number of briefings, reports and other updates provided to Vote Ministers is demand driven.

Timeframes for replies

The timeframes for Ministerial replies did not meet the budgeted standard of 100 percent due to a change in staff resources during the financial year.

Quality of written policy papers

In addition to seeking responses from Ministers, as reported in our Ministerial satisfaction results below, the NZIER undertook an assessment of the quality of a sample of policy papers, providing an overall rating of 76 percent.

Ministerial satisfaction 2014/15

No feedback was received from the Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage. The feedback from the Minister of Broadcasting is reflected in the results.

Board appointments and reappointments

Portfolio

Number of Appointments

Number of Reappointments

ACH

6

15

Broadcasting

2

2

Sport & Rec

Eden Park Trust Board (Associate Minister for Sport and Recreation)

6

3

3

3

Financial performance

Policy Advice

 

Actual 2014

$000

Budget*

 2015

$000

Revised Budget*

 2015

$000

Actual
2015

$000

Revenue Crown

2,958

2,931

3,261

3,261

Revenue other

81

-

21

49

Total revenue

3,039

2,931

3,282

3,310

Total expenses

2,982

2,931

3,282

3,011

Surplus/(deficit)

57

-

-

299

Monitoring of Funded Agencies

 

Actual 2014

$000

Budget*

 2015

$000

Revised Budget*

 2015

$000

Actual 2015

$000

Revenue Crown

1,744

1,705

1,932

1,932

Revenue other

40

-

12

30

Total revenue

1,784

1,705

1,944

1,962

Total expenses

1,767

1,705

1,944

1,784

Surplus/(deficit)

17

-

-

178

Ministerial Servicing

 

Actual 2014

$000

Budget*

 2015

$000

Revised Budget*

 2015

$000

Actual 2015

$000

Revenue Crown

747

674

845

845

Revenue other

17

-

5

13

Total revenue

764

674

850

858

Total expenses

773

674

850

781

Surplus/(deficit)

(9)

-

-

77

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

 


Updated on 3rd December 2015