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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 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
  • Improving cultural asset sustainability
  • Measuring and maximising public value.

During 2015/16, we:

Funding policies

  • Established an incentive fund (Heritage EQUIP) to support strengthening 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).
  • Developed a new Regional Culture and Heritage Fund to replace the existing Regional Museums Fund, benefitting capital construction projects in a wide range of cultural organisations throughout New Zealand.
  • Worked with key agencies to increase levels of private and philanthropic giving in the wider cultural sector.

Policy initiatives

  • Developed a national Landmarks programme and pilot to identify New Zealand’s most significant places and, through these places, tell New Zealand’s most important stories.
  • Established an agreed policy framework for the Endeavour 250 commemorations in 2019, including the formation of a National Coordinating Committee.
  • Supported the recovery from the Canterbury earthquakes by contributing to a range of cultural initiatives in greater Christchurch.
  • Concluded two co-production agreements and completed negotiation of a third.
  • Conducted a review of the impact of convergence on the media sector, considering whether there are inconsistencies or gaps in regulatory settings that should be amended to better support the sector.
  • Allocated the 106.1FM spectrum band in the Wellington region.

Legislation

  • Supported through the House the passage of the Waitangi National Trust Board Amendment Act 2015, which amends and modernises governance arrangements for the Waitangi National Trust Board.
  • Supported through the House the passage of the Radio New Zealand Amendment Act 2016, which updates Radio New Zealand’s Charter.

Policy advice

  • 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 sector issues
  • the development of Māori culture and heritage, including approaches to whare taonga initiatives
  • sector coherence and infrastructure
  • opportunities to enhance the contribution of the cultural sector to the Government’s wider social and economic goals.

Crown-funded cultural agencies

  • 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.
  • Commissioned an assessment of Heritage New Zealand to strengthen the organisation.
  • 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 2015/16.

Policy Advice, Monitoring of Funded Agencies and Ministerial Services

Performance measures

Actual performance 2015

Budget standard 2016

Actual performance 2016

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

60%

80%

75%

Policy advice

Performance measures

Actual performance 2015 

Budget standard 2016

Actual performance 2016

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

220

400

234

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

76%

75%

78%

Ministerial satisfaction with the quality and timeliness of advice

60%

80%

81% 

Cost per output hour

$79.96

$100.00

$87.05 

Monitoring of funded agencies

Performance measures

Actual performance 2015 

Budget standard 2016

Actual performance 2016

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

189

100

123 

Ministerial satisfaction with the quality and timeliness of performance advice

60%

80%

84% 

Ministerial servicing

Performance measures

Actual performance 2015

Budget standard      2016   

Actual performance 2016

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

911

850

581 

The average quality of new board member governance workshops, as assessed by  survey of attendees

New    measure

90%

No workshops took place during the year 

Number of appointments to Crown-connected Boards

17

23

13 

Ministerial satisfaction with the quality and timeliness of correspondence

60%

80%

60% 

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

97.84%

99%

98% 

Number of briefings, reports and other updates

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 99% because of a change in staff resources during the financial year. Work is underway on reviewing Ministerial Services processes.

Ministerial satisfaction rating

Feedback was received from both the Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage and the Minister of Broadcasting. The results above reflect both Ministers’ responses on a weighted average basis.

Financial performance

Policy Advice

 

Actual

Budget*

Revised Budget*

Actual

2015

2016

2016

2016

$000

$000

$000

$000

Revenue Crown

            3,261

            2,871

            3,050

            3,050

Revenue other

                 49

                    -

                 40

                 35

Total revenue

            3,310

            2,871

            3,090

            3,085

Total expenses

            3,011

            2,871

            3,090

            3,010

Surplus/(deficit)

               299

                    -

                    -

                 75

Monitoring of Funded Agencies

 

Actual

Budget*

Revised Budget*

Actual

2015

2016

2016

2016

$000

$000

$000

$000

Revenue Crown

            1,932

            1,702

            1,808

            1,808

Revenue other

                 30

                    -

                 22

                 21

Total revenue

            1,962

            1,702

            1,830

            1,829

Total expenses

            1,784

            1,702

            1,830

            1,784

Surplus/(deficit)

               178

                    -

                    -

                 45

Ministerial Servicing

 

Actual

Budget*

Revised Budget*

Actual

2015

2016

2016

2016

$000

$000

$000

$000

Revenue Crown

               845

               744

               790

               790

Revenue other

                 13

                    -

                   9

                   9

Total revenue

               858

               744

               799

               799

Total expenses

               781

               744

               799

               781

Surplus/(deficit)

                 77

                    -

                    -

                 18

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

Updated on 16th March 2017