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Minister’s Foreword and Statement of Responsibility

Minister’s Foreword and Statement of Responsibility

I am pleased to introduce the Statement of Intent 2012-2015 for the Ministry for Culture and Heritage Manatū Taonga.

I have been Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage for three years now. I remain impressed by the quality and variety of New Zealand’s cultural expression and by the expertise and commitment of the nation’s cultural practitioners. I count myself fortunate that my working day puts me in contact with people who share with me their enthusiasm for important aspects of our culture – for example, our music, books, heritage buildings and history.

No Minister of the Crown is ever in the happy position of being able to say yes to every good idea that crosses his or her desk; executive government inevitably requires making choices on taxpayers’ behalf.  In times of fiscal restraint those choices become more stark – and the decisions of Ministers and supporting departments harder to make.

Government’s message to the public service in recent times has been about doing more with less – about taking a creative and ‘joined up’ approach to achieving the outcomes we seek.  There has already been good work on this in the cultural sector, and I see potential for further collaboration and alignment.

The Statement of Intent reflects the Ministry’s best thinking about the delivery of the activities it is charged to undertake. As the Ministry’s Responsible Minister, I endorse the approach taken in the document.

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