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What We Do

Our work is as diverse as the sector we support. We research New Zealand and provide rich online resources like Te Ara the Encyclopedia of New Zealand. We produce books, advise government and look after New Zealand's national treasures. We tend to work behind the scenes, helping the people and organisations that contribute to making our culture thrive.

Paper poppies placed on the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior on Anzac Day 2015

First World War Centenary Projects

The Ministry's Delivery Group is developing a series of projects to commemorate the centenary of the First World War in 2014-19. At the moment we are working on a major web project and a series of books exploring the impact of the war on NZ society during and after the conflict.

Agency boards & nominations

Interested in serving on a Crown Arts, Heritage, Broadcasting or Sport board? The Ministry supports Ministers in appointments to around 15 Crown entity and other Crown organisations in our sector. There are over 40 terms expiring in 2018.

Websites we run

We produce a number of websites bringing New Zealand's culture and heritage online.

Suffrage 125

2018 marks the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New Zealand. Learn more about planned events and celebrations.

Tuia - Encounters 250

The Tier 1 commemoration for 2019, Tuia - Encounters 250 will acknowledge the early meetings of Māori & Europeans when James Cook & Tahitian chief & navigator Tupaia arrived in 1769.