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Minister’s Foreword and Statement of Responsibility

Minister’s Foreword and Statement of Responsibility

Culture plays an essential role in our economy and our society. Never is this clearer than in times of adversity, when culture has a special capacity to help the healing process, providing inspiration where it is most needed. In the case of Christchurch, the recovery process requires government and community to work together.

My priorities for the upcoming period are to support the cultural sector in Christchurch following the earthquake; look to strengthen partnerships within the cultural sector; develop cultural philanthropy in New Zealand; and ensure that government involvement in the sector is effective and efficient.

More than ever, government will be looking to partnerships – with corporates, philanthropists, local government, sector organisations and volunteers – to bring good ideas to fruition. I hope to encourage more involvement of the private sector in cultural initiatives as we implement the recommendations of the Cultural Philanthropy Taskforce this year.

We are also working to ensure structures and government interventions work as well as they can, and enable cultural organisations to do their best. This may require identifying areas where resources can be re-arranged to achieve improved outcomes.

An enduring image for me in 2010 was the delighted audience at the NZSO’s concert in Vienna. It was a reminder of the power of culture to lift us in the eyes of the world and an illustration that, despite short-term challenges, we need to take the long view, to be ambitious and foster excellence across the sector.

I look forward to addressing the challenges ahead and working hard to ensure we are all enriched by our distinctive culture.

Hon Christopher Finlayson
Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage

 

Statement of responsibility

I am satisfied the information on the future operating intentions provided by my department in this Statement of Intent is in accordance with sections 38, 40 and 41 of the Public Finance Act 1989 and is consistent with the policies and performance expectations of the government.

Hon Christopher Finlayson
Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage


Updated on 23rd July 2015