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What We Do

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.

Landmarks Whenua Tohunga

Some of Northland’s most precious culture and heritage sites are brought together under the Landmarks Whenua Tohunga banner giving people the opportunity to learn more about our nation’s stories. It's a partnership between the Ministry, DOC, Heritage NZ and Northland iwi and hapū. Enter our Collect Your Landmarks social media competition which runs until 01 May.

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.

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.

Te Taiwhakaea: Treaty Settlement Stories

Te Taiwhakaea: Treaty Settlement Stories will produce a comprehensive account of the recent history of Treaty of Waitangi settlements from all perspectives.