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What do we intend to achieve?

Our outcomes across the cultural sector are below. Whilst our activities and priorities change, these are the enduring results we are seeking in the work we do by ourselves, and in partnership with our funded agencies and other government agencies.


Cultural and sporting practitioners and organisations create, produce and distribute a broad range of cultural works, experiences and activities, distinctively “New Zealand” in form, voice and/or content. Creative talent and innovation enhance our way of life and make a valued contribution to the economy and society.


Cultural practitioners and organisations collect, record, protect and present taonga and other cultural works, places, and activities, for the benefit of present and future New Zealanders. New Zealand’s taonga are protected and preserved.


New Zealanders and international audiences increasingly access and engage with taonga and other cultural works, places and activities with enjoyment and understanding.


High achieving, talented and innovative cultural and sporting practitioners inspire high achievement in others, leading to enhanced social and economic well-being and community and national pride.

Working with our funded agencies

Government funds a wide variety of cultural activity through Votes Arts, Culture and Heritage, and Sport and Recreation. The Ministry and our funded agencies are working together in a cohesive and collaborative sector, while delivering in a diverse range of areas. More information about how the sector contributes to outcomes is included in Appendix 1.

  • Heritage New Zealand
  • Radio New Zealand International
  • New Zealand Film Archive
  • Sport New Zealand
  • Creative New Zealand
  • Royal New Zealand Ballet
  • New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
  • New Zealand Film Commission
  • Drug Free Sport New Zealand
  • TVNZ
  • Te Matatini
  • Te Papa
  • New Zealand Music Commission
  • Broadcasting Standards Authority
  • Antarctic Heritage Trust
  • NZ On Air

Updated on 23rd July 2015