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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.

Paper poppies placed on the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior on Anzac Day 2015

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. At the moment we are working on a major web project and a series of books exploring the impact of the war on NZ society during and after the conflict.

Tuia - First Encounters 250

The Tier 1 commemoration for 2019, Tuia - First Encounters 250 will acknowledge the first meetings of Māori & Europeans when James Cook & Tahitian chief & navigator Tupaia arrived in 1769.

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.

Suffrage 125

2018 marks the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New Zealand. Learn more about planned events.