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Chief Executive’s report Tā te Tumuaki rīpoata

Culture and heritage play a vital role in New Zealand society. This underpins our work and drives us to improve cultural outcomes for all New Zealanders. While the Ministry and the sector continue to operate in a constrained fiscal environment, this has not prevented us from delivering a number of noteworthy achievements in the past year.

We completed the Going Digital project, on time and under budget. This major four-year programme, administered by the Ministry, was a huge undertaking but the switch from analogue to digital television was successfully achieved.

Our highly regarded and successful website Te Ara, the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, nears the completion of the ‘build’ phase. The knowledge and expertise of staff working on this project has been a noteworthy factor in its success.

Legislation affecting our agencies was introduced and both Heritage New Zealand and Creative New Zealand now operate with reformed governance structures which will aid the effectiveness of their operation to the benefit of the sector.

Two of the biggest influences on New Zealand as a nation have been our experience of conflict and the evolving relationship between iwi-Māori and the Crown.

We have continued to work with our government partners to progress the First World War Commemorations. Not only are flagship projects such as the development of the National War Memorial Park (Pukeahu) progressing well, communities across the country have embraced the commemorations initiating their own projects. We have developed a New Zealand symbol, creating a single identity to mark the various events across the WW100 programme. We were honoured that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge chose to wear WW100 pins during their recent Royal Tour to New Zealand.

This has been a busy year as well in the areas of Crown/Iwi-Māori relations.  We are well under way on our project to chart the history of the Treaty Settlement process. Documenting this part of our unique history will ensure present and future generations will be able to understand its significance.

During the last year the Ministry undertook a Performance Improvement Framework (PIF) process. This was a useful exercise which endorsed our approach and our mandate to lead the sector, while also setting out development challenges for the period ahead. With this in mind we have set our bar high for the next four years.

The Ministry has worked well to deliver its wide range of programmes and activities. That a Ministry of our size and resources is able to achieve so much is a positive reflection on our ability to forge productive partnerships and develop and sustain strong relationships with our funded agencies and the wider sector. It is also achieved through the commitment and hard work of our staff.


Lewis Holden
Chief Executive
Manatū Taonga / Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Updated on 23rd July 2015