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Chief Executive


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Welcome to the 2008/09 annual report for the Ministry for Culture and Heritage.

My tenure as Chief Executive of the Ministry began only two weeks before the end of the 2008/09 financial year, and this document is therefore one that records primarily the work and achievements of others. I’d like first to acknowledge the contribution of Bronwyn Dalley, Acting Chief Executive of the Ministry from September 2008 until June 2009. Dr Dalley was an able leader of the Ministry for a significant period – and during a significant time. The 2008 election brought a new administration into power; new Ministers into the Arts, Culture and Heritage, Broadcasting, and Sport and Recreation portfolios; and a new set of government objectives to guide the work of the organisation.

But the 2008/09 year was also marked by the global recession, which constrained expenditure by central and local government, by non-government organisations, and by consumers. The Ministry, like other public service departments, made savings in its operation during this period. And the cultural sector had to make adjustments as funding from government and from other sources came under pressure.

The cultural organisations with which the Ministry works responded to the challenges of the recession with energy and flair, and with a continued commitment to providing New Zealanders and visitors with quality cultural experiences.

The importance of culture has been recognised and reinforced also by the Ministry’s own activities over the last year: making New Zealand history accessible; providing New Zealand cultural experiences, resources and information online; promoting New Zealand’s cultural presence internationally; supporting and monitoring the government’s investment in arts, heritage, broadcasting and sports agencies; safeguarding New Zealand’s heritage; and advising government.

I look forward to continuing this work and especially to further developing the Ministry’s role as a leader in the sector, helping it take an organised and coherent approach to the achievement of the government’s cultural goals. The sector has much to contribute, too, to the achievement of non-cultural (including economic) goals.

I have every confidence that, in the period to come, the staff of the Ministry will bring the same expertise and commitment to their work as they did in the 2008/09 year. I would like to take the opportunity to thank them all for their contribution, and for the support they offer me as Chief Executive.


Lewis Holden

Chief Executive

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Updated on 23rd July 2015