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Promoting a confident and connected culture

Manatū Taonga, the Ministry for Culture and Heritage works to enrich the lives of all New Zealanders by promoting a confident and connected culture.

We support many of New Zealand’s arts, media, heritage and sports organisations; advise government on cultural matters and provide research and resources for everyone to access. The organisations we fund deliver a wide range of cultural experiences for all to enjoy.

Te Matatini ki te Ao is here!

Te Matatini ki te Ao is here!

Te Matatini 2019 is now on at Wellington's Westpac Stadium from 20-24 February. The festival theme ‘Te Matatini ki te Ao’ is an embodiment of the aspirations and dreams of the festival hosts Ngāti Toa Rangatira, Te Atiawa me ngā iwi o Taranaki whānui. Tickets can be purchased through Te Matatini's website. ...

Today in History

Today in History

22/02/2011 - Christchurch earthquake kills 185
At 12.51 p.m. on Tuesday 22 February 2011, a magnitude 6.3 earthquake caused severe damage in Christchurch and Lyttelton, killing 185 people and injuring several thousand. ...