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Background - Meeting our Accountability Obligations

Background – Meeting Our Accountability Obligations

This annual report covers the Ministry’s strategy, operating and financial performance for the 2008/09 financial year (1 July 2008 to 30 June 2009) and provides details on:

· strategy, service performance and outcomes progress (Part One)

· the legislation expenditure administered by the Ministry (Part Two)

· financial statements (Part Three)

· standards and service performance (Part Four)

· audit report.

The report also takes into account the change of Government in November 2008.

· The performance information in this report reflects the services provided by the Ministry and their impact upon medium term cultural outcomes.

· The diagram below illustrates the basis upon which the Ministry reports its:

· annual operating performance

· progress towards the outcomes contained in the Ministry’s 2008 Statement of Intent

· cost effectiveness and value for money.


The Ministry’s Performance Planning and Reporting Framework


The performance themes reflected in this annual report are:

· stimulating enhanced creative, consumer and policy participation in culture and cultural activities; and

· value for money from the Government’s investment in the sector.

The Ministry in 2008/09

In 2008/09 the Ministry provided services to the Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage, the Minister of Broadcasting and the Minister for Sport and Recreation. These services cost $13.643 million to deliver. Our role is to support the government’s cultural objectives and priorities by helping make culture visible and accessible to New Zealanders and international audiences. We do this by:

· Advising government – providing advice on funding, legislation, projects, cultural issues, broadcasting and treaties, and contributing to other government work where a cultural view is needed, in order to ensure that the cultural sector contributes strongly to government’s goals

· Supporting and monitoring the government’s investment in arts, heritage, broadcasting and sports agencies, which in 2008/09 totalled $298.957 million

· Safeguarding New Zealand’s heritage – administering laws; protecting cultural objects and symbols of national identity; maintaining national monuments and war graves and developing new memorials

· Promoting New Zealand’s cultural presence internationally – providing a New Zealand cultural presence in key overseas regions or countries to boost New Zealand’s profile and its economic, trade, tourism, diplomatic and cultural interests

· Making New Zealand history accessible – producing works on New Zealand history in print and online (; researching and producing oral histories

· Providing New Zealand cultural experiences, resources and information online – producing the online Encyclopedia of New Zealand ( and providing online information about and access to cultural activities (

As at 30 June 2009 the Ministry employed a total of 110 staff (100.1 full-time equivalents), all based in Wellington. Additional information about who we are and what we do (including our Statement of Intent) is available on our web site (

In 2008/09 the above activities were funded through the following departmental output expense appropriations:

· Heritage Services

· International Cultural Diplomacy

· Policy Advice and Monitoring of Funded Agencies

· Purchase Advice and Monitoring of Sport and Recreation Crown Entities.


1 Employment in the Cultural Sector – Ngā Mahi ki te Taha Tikanga ā-Iwi, pp. 6, 7, Ministry for Culture and Heritage, February 2009

2 Cultural Indicators for New Zealand – Tohu Ahurea mo Aotearoa 2009, pp. 70-71. Ministry for Culture and Heritage, June 2009.


These output expenses are applied to the Ministry's activities and outcomes as follows:

The cultural sector

The New Zealand cultural sector is a significant employer of New Zealanders and produces a diverse range of indigenous arts, culture and heritage goods and services for local and international consumers. The Ministry supports the sector in maximising its contribution to New Zealand’s cultural, social and economic prosperity.

Activities, employment and income


1 Employment in the Cultural Sector – Ngā Mahi ki te Taha Tikanga ā-Iwi, pp. 6, 7, Ministry for Culture and Heritage, February 2009

2 Cultural Indicators for New Zealand – Tohu Ahurea mo Aotearoa 2009, pp. 70–71. Ministry for Culture and Heritage, June 2009

Updated on 23rd July 2015