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Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage

This document outlines the priorities of the Ministry for Culture and Heritage for the next three years. It reflects discussions I have had with the Chief Executive about my expectations of the role the Ministry will play in advancing and managing the Government’s interests in the cultural sector.

The document reflects the Government’s conviction that culture is important, not only because of its intrinsic value, but because it can be a force for innovative development, economic growth and for social improvement.

Culture must prove it provides value for taxpayer money. There are bold cultural initiatives to be pursued in the future, but they depend on making best use of government funding and the establishment of new sources of support for culture. Organisations within the sector need to work effectively together to maximise efficiency and to identify the new
approaches that might be necessary.


Hon Christopher Finlayson
Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage



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.

Chief Executive, Ministry for Culture and Heritage

I’m pleased to present the Ministry’s 2010–2013 Statement of Intent. This Statement will guide my organisation over the coming period as we make decisions that will help shape the way New Zealanders experience their culture and the way the country is perceived overseas.

Many of these decisions we will arrive at in consultation with key sector agencies. The Ministry is a small organisation, responsible for supporting government’s engagement in a complex and dynamic sector: we cannot be successful if we do not work effectively with the other cultural organisations that have a connection with the Ministers responsible for Arts, Culture and Heritage, Broadcasting, and Sport and Recreation. The Ministry is developing a better sense of desirable sectoral outcomes, and the roles that this organisation, Crown entities and other cultural bodies might play.

The importance of such an approach has informed the development of this document. I am confident that it will provide a good basis for the work we do, and for the provision of effective support to our Ministers.

Lewis Holden
Chief Executive

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Statement of responsibility

In signing this statement, I acknowledge that I am responsible for the information contained in the Statement of Intent for the Ministry for Culture and Heritage. This information has been prepared in accordance with the Public Finance Act 1989. It is also consistent with the proposed appropriations set out in the Appropriations (2010/11 Estimates Bill), as presented to the House of Representatives in accordance with section 13 of the Public Finance Act 1989, and with the existing appropriations and financial authorities.

Updated on 23rd July 2015