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An overview

We advise the government on arts, culture, heritage, sport and recreation, and broadcasting. 

Our strategy and common purpose - Promoting a confident and connected culture = He ngākau titikaha, he hononga tangata.

Key roles and responsibilities

We lead government work in the arts, heritage, broadcasting and sports sectors providing advice on legislation, policy, and sector development to our Ministers.

More about key roles and responsibilities.

Where does our funding come from?

Find out about how we are funded, who we fund and what our responsibilities are.

More about  where our funding comes from.

History of Government involvement in culture

The Ministry was established in 2000, however the involvement of New Zealand governments in culture has a much longer history.

More about the history of Government involvement in culture.

Watch the following YouTube video about Manatū Taonga - Ministry for Culture in review. From launching Te Tai Treaty Settlement Stories and Tohu Whenua - Landmarks that tell our stories on the West Coast, to supporting Suffrage 125 and Te Wiki o te Reo Māori, to hosting events like Anzac Day and Armistice Day as part of WW100 at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park. In amongst all our other work to protect and promote New Zealand's culture and heritage, here are some highlights from 2018. 


Updated on 10th May 2019