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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.

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.

Our projects

We're involved in a wide range of projects, all aimed at enhancing New Zealand's rich and diverse culture and heritage. Learn more about our current projects.

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

In 2019, New Zealand will mark 250 years since the first meetings between Māori and Europeans during James Cook and the Endeavour's 1769 voyage to Aotearoa New Zealand.