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Copyright notice

This is our standard copyright statement we include in published information.

© Crown copyright,
Ministry for Culture and Heritage (Manatū Taonga),
PO Box 5364,
Wellington 6140,
New Zealand.
Tel: +64 4 499 4229;
Email:[email protected]

Creative Commons

Unless otherwise stated, text on this website, and where specifically stated, individual images (for which we own the copyright), is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 New Zealand licence (Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial Licence).

Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial Licence

This means you are free to copy, distribute and adapt text works (and those images subject to this licence where specifically stated) for non-commercial purposes, so long as you attribute the work to us and abide by the other licence terms.

To avoid doubt, an adaptation of a work on this website that is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial Licence cannot be licensed by the creator of that adaptation on terms that are more permissive than the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial Licence. In particular, the adaptation cannot be licensed with a form of Creative Commons or other licence that allows commercial use without express permission of the copyright owner.

Requests relating to commercial use of material

You must seek our permission to use commercially any material for which we hold the copyright that is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial licence.

Contact us to seek permission:

Manatū Taonga - Ministry for Culture and Heritage
PO Box 5364
Wellington, New Zealand
Ph: +64 4 499 4229
Email:[email protected]



If you publish or distribute works on this website that are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial licence (as set out above) to the public without any changes, the following attribution to Manatū Taonga — Ministry for Culture and Heritage should be used:

“Source:, the website of Manatū Taonga — Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Licensed by Manatū Taonga — Ministry for Culture and Heritage for re-use under the Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial (last updated date)”

Requests relating to departmental or governmental emblem, logo or coat of arms

You may not use any departmental or governmental emblem, logo or coat of arms in any way which infringes any provision of the Flags, Emblems and Names Protection Act 1981 or would infringe such a provision if the relevant use occurred within New Zealand. 

Attribution to Manatū Taonga – Ministry for Culture and Heritage should be in written form and not by reproduction of any such emblem, logo or coat of arms.

Where copyright is not held by us

This website has some text and other items which are used with the copyright holder’s permission. These items are provided on this website for the purpose of personal and non-commercial study such as school projects, family and local history research.

You may not reproduce (in print or electronic format) these items without obtaining the permission of the copyright holder. For written permission to use these items for any purpose other than personal and non-commercial study, contact the copyright holder. Specific copyright statements may accompany individual items. We have made every effort to contact copyright holders. Please advise us of any errors or omissions so that they can be corrected.

Use of taonga Māori images

Images of taonga have cultural significance to Māori. When we publish images of taonga on our website, these can only be downloaded for personal use and must not be copied or distributed.

Contact us at [email protected] if you have any questions.

Disclaimer about web links

Hypertext links to other web locations are for the convenience of users and do not constitute our endorsement or authorisation. We are not responsible for the contents or reliability of the linked websites and do not necessarily endorse the views expressed within them. We cannot guarantee these links will work all the time and we have no control over the availability of the linked pages.

Social media terms of use

We operate a number of different social media channels. We use these channels to raise awareness about our work, connect with the public, and create opportunities for the public to engage with arts, culture and heritage.

Community guidelines

We encourage social media users to interact with each other in a respectful and meaningful way on our channels.

We are not responsible for comments or wall postings made by visitors to our pages, and we reserve the right, at our sole discretion, to screen and remove any content we deem inappropriate. This includes, but is not limited to, commercial content whose main purpose is to sell a product, a service, or other such practices via this social media channel, as well as content that harasses, abuses, threatens, or in any other way violates the rights of others.

Liking is not endorsement

Following and ‘liking’ content from other individuals or organisations does not mean we are endorsing their views. We reserve the right not to share other account’s content if asked. We also reserve the right to remove posts that are irrelevant or excessive, and to act on complaints from our community.

When we will block users

We will block social media users if they breach the above community guidelines three times. We have the right to block users from our social media communities. However, we will not tolerate anyone who uses our channels to spread malicious information or threatens us, our employees or others. Any users who do so will be blocked without warning.

Responding to messages

We will attempt to respond to private or direct messages as soon as we can during office hours but cannot guarantee a response outside of these hours.

Contact us

If you have any concerns about our social media use, please email us at [email protected].

Complaints procedure

If you wish to make a complaint about the Ministry for Culture and Heritage, write to us at:

Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage
PO Box 5364
Wellington 6140
or send an email to [email protected]

We take complaints seriously. Making a complaint will not affect the level of service you receive or your chances of receiving funding or a grant.