Creative New Zealand and Manatū Taonga, the Ministry for Culture and Heritage share a mutual interest in achieving a better understanding of the contribution the arts make to New Zealand’s economy, and also in measuring the contribution more accurately.
As a first step our two organisations commissioned Infometrics to gather information on the economic characteristics of the sector. While the findings are robust we recognise a significant portion of the arts economy isn’t captured by the data sets and the resulting calculations are conservative.
This working report provides a useful start towards gaining a better understanding in this area and the data sets available will be useful in informing government policy and funding decisions.
Updated on 29th July 2015