Introduction: Acting Chief Executive
Culture matters to New Zealanders. Recent research from the Ministry for Culture and Heritage shows that culture, along with landscape and diversity, shapes our sense of who we are as a society. Māori culture and activities especially are seen as increasingly important. New Zealanders are proud of our culture in all its richness, and are keen to share this with the rest of the world.
Culture matters in very quantifiable ways, too. Almost 7 per cent of people in paid employment worked in the cultural sector in 2006. This sector makes a strong and growing contribution to our economy.
The role of the Ministry for Culture and Heritage is to help make our culture visible and accessible. That may be through helping the government determine and execute its policy programme. Or it may be through the production of high quality cultural experiences, or by supporting cultural agencies funded through government to be effective and sustainable.
The Ministry’s Statement of Intent for the period 2009–2014 shows the various ways the Ministry supports the government’s long-term outcomes for culture. It includes information about how we mark progress towards those outcomes.
In 2009, the Ministry’s work programme reflects the changing ways that culture enriches New Zealanders’ lives. This includes providing more access to cultural experiences, increasing Māori engagement in the work of the Ministry, ensuring government’s investment in the cultural sector represents good value for money, and developing strong relationships with others to advance goals for the sector. This will be a busy and challenging year for the Ministry.
I look forward to helping ensure that culture continues to matter to New Zealanders.
Acting Chief Executive
Chief Executive Statement of Responsibility
In signing this statement, I acknowledge that I am responsible for the information contained in the Statement of Intent for the Ministry for Culture and Heritage. This information has been prepared in accordance with the Public Finance Act 1989. It is also consistent with the proposed appropriations set out in the Appropriations (2009/10 Estimates Bill), as presented to the House of Representatives in accordance with section 13 of the Public Finance Act 1989, and with the existing appropriations and financial authorities.
Updated on 23rd July 2015