Skip to main content

Foreword : Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage

Foreword: Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage

April 2009

When I became Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage I made it clear I consider the cultural sector to be important – and that government has a role in supporting the sector.

Careful choices have to be made about the nature of that support. There is much cultural activity in New Zealand, and (particularly in these times) a limited amount of public resource available for investment. The government must intervene intelligently in the sector so that best use is made of this resource.

The Statement of Intent reflects the priorities of the government over the next fiveyears, as I have discussed them with the Ministry for Culture and Heritage. In particular, I am looking to stabilise the situation of those cultural agencies that are exposed in the current economic conditions. In part this will be done by encouraging philanthropy to widen the support base for the arts. 

The Ministry will manage several legislative reviews of cultural organisations owned by the Crown, to ensure they can operate as effectively as possible in the current environment.

The other programmes and activities the Ministry will undertake in support of government’s effective involvement in culture are also outlined in this document.

I am pleased to be leading the government’s work in the cultural sector, and I look forward to working with the Ministry towards the achievement of our goals.


Hon. Chris Finlayson

Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage


Ministerial Statement of Responsibility

I am satisfied that the information on the future operating intentions provided by my department in this Statement of Intent is in accordance with sections 38, 40 and 41 of the Public Finance Act 1989 and is consistent with the policies and performance expectations of the government.

Updated on 23rd July 2015