Our work is as diverse as the sector we support. We research New Zealand and provide rich online resources like Te Ara — the Encyclopedia of New Zealand. We produce books, advise government and look after New Zealand's national treasures. We tend to work behind the scenes, helping the people and organisations that contribute to making our culture thrive.
First World War Centenary Projects
The Ministry's Delivery Group is developing a series of projects to commemorate the centenary of the First World War in 2014-19. At the moment we are working on a major web project and a series of books exploring the impact of the war on NZ society during and after the conflict.
Agency boards & nominations
We administer a nominations service for appointments to cultural sector boards. Read about how you can submit your details to our service.
Websites we run
We produce a number of websites bringing New Zealand's culture and heritage online.
2018 marks the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New Zealand. Learn more about planned events.
Tuia - First Encounters 250
The Tier 1 commemoration for 2019, Tuia - First Encounters 250 will acknowledge the first meetings of Māori & Europeans when James Cook & Tahitian chief & navigator Tupaia arrived in 1769.