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In Budget 2024, Vote Arts, Culture and Heritage is funded $450 million in 2024/25 ($1.6 billion over four years). 

Savings package

Total savings of $42.2 million over four years (3% baseline reduction to the Vote).

Savings comes from

The savings package comes from a reduction in funding managed by Manatū Taonga ($36.673 million), as well as reduced funding to Ngā Taonga Sound and Vision ($2.484 million), the New Zealand Film Commission ($1.62 million) and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra ($1.452 million).

New funding goes to

The New Zealand Screen Production Rebate receives $67.4 million over two years. This initiative provides funding to meet existing demand from eligible New Zealand productions. 

Te Matatini receives $48.7 million over three years. This initiative will support Te Matatini to continue to deliver kapa haka to New Zealanders. This ongoing funding for kapa haka  addresses the current ‘fiscal cliff’ which meant funding for Te Matatini  ended in 2025, and provides Te Matatini  and the kapa haka  community with financial certainty for the coming years. This investment enables Te Matatini  to embed its regional development model and aligns with Te Matatini ’s work throughout 2023/24 to expand from a biennial, national festival to support kapa haka  in the regions. This funding will support a thriving kapa haka  sector, with strong regional networks and development opportunities for practitioners.

Baseline operating funding for each agency

This table outlines the totals paid to funded agencies. Funding for some initiatives (for example Matariki, New Zealand Screen Production Rebate) are not included. 

Entity2023/24 ($m)2024/25 ($m)2025/26 ($m)2026/27 ($m)2027/28
Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage 31.17327.45126.813  26.81326.813
Antarctic Heritage Trust1.5261.5261.5261.5261.526
Broadcasting Standards Authority0.8591.0091.0091.0091.009
Creative New Zealand16.68916.68916.68916.68916.689
Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga17.15117.15117.15117.15117.151
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa 43.57543.56943.57343.57343.573
New Zealand Film Commission6.0415.1965.1964.9964.996
New Zealand Music Commission2.2282.2282.2282.2282.228
New Zealand On Air113.160103.160103.160103.160103.160
New Zealand Symphony Orchestra18.13117.76817.76817.76817.768
Ngā Taonga Sound and Vision 13.07017.05910.40910.40910.409
Radio New Zealand70.43170.43170.43170.43170.431
Royal New Zealand Ballet7.1347.1347.1347.1347.134
Te Matatini19.97219.97219.13719.20719.237
Total funding to Cultural System Agencies361.140350.343342.224342.094342.124