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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

23/02/1940 - 100,000 welcome home HMS Achilles crew
The Battle of the River Plate in December 1939 was the Allies’ first naval victory of the Second World War. The involvement of the cruiser HMS Achilles, more than half of whose crew were New Zealanders, was greeted with jubilation in New Zealand. ...