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Our work units

The Ministry is organised into the following groups.

Manatū Taonga staff in front of Takapūwāhia Marae in June 2019. Image by Mark Tantrum Photography.

Manatū Taonga has a broad mandate and wide reach across a complex system. With around 140 staff, we operate a lean and flat structure, with the added advantage of knowing everyone by name. We embrace diversity and inclusiveness, are passionate about our mahi, and welcome experiences from different sectors to strengthen and support the pou of our whare.

Delivery Group - Te Hua

Our historians, writers, researchers and advisers help make information about New Zealand history easy to find and create opportunities for New Zealanders to engage with their heritage. We look after monuments and war graves throughout New Zealand.

More about the Delivery Group is here.

Organisational Performance Group - Te Iho

We undertake the large number of activities that support our busy Ministry. These activities include communications, finance, human resources, information management and legal services.

More about the Organisational Performance Group is here.

Policy and Sector Performance Group - Te Aka

We provide policy advice to the government on arts, culture, heritage, broadcasting, and sports and recreation. We do this by working on policy proposals, legislation and reviews that are significant to the sector. We also monitor the government's interests in the cultural sector agencies who receive crown funding. We offer additional support through our appointments and governance service.

More about the Policy and Sector Performance Group is here.

Office of the Chief Executive - Te Toi

The Office of the Chief Executive supports the work of our Chief Executive Bernadette Cavanagh.

Programme Office

The Covid Recovery Programme has been established to drive the COVID-19 Recovery Budget. The Ministry in partnership with its funded agencies and sector stakeholders is working rapidly to develop and deliver this suite of initiatives through our Programme Office team.

Learn more about the Programme Office's Arts and Culture COVID Recovery Programme initiatives.


Updated on 11th November 2020