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COVID-19: Information for our sector

COVID-19 is having an enormous impact on those involved in the arts, culture, heritage and sports sectors.  

Manatū Taonga is working closely with Crown entities and funded agencies to understand the ongoing impact of COVID-19 on our sector and to determine the most effective response in this fast-changing situation.

While those working in the arts, culture, heritage and sports sectors have some unique challenges, many of the immediate difficulties faced are shared with organisations and individuals across Aotearoa New Zealand. Please check for all the latest advice.   

Financial Support

Manatū Taonga encourages everyone in the sector to take advantage of the assistance that is been made available through the Government’s COVID-19 Financial  Support Package

The package includes:

  • Wage subsidy scheme
  • Leave and self-isolation support
  • Business cash flow and tax measures.

The wage subsidy component of this package was extended on Monday 23 March to include all New Zealand employers, contractors, sole traders, self-employed people, registered charities and incorporate societies.

News and Media identified as an essential service

News and media functions have been identified as an essential service during the COVID-19 response and Level 4 period. Media organisations should familiarise themselves with the following principles and guidelines.

Creative NZ $16 million COVID-19 Response Package

Creative NZ has announced the first phase of its Emergency Response Package which makes available $16 million support to the arts community through this challenging time. This includes $4.5 million of new money and $11.5 million repurposed from other programmes.  

This initial response package makes grants available for individual artists and arts practitioners as well as arts groups and organisations. There are funding streams available to those who are Creative New Zealand investment clients as well as those who aren’t.

Details on the criteria and application process are still being developed and will be made available at The fund opens on 14 April. 

Security and maintenance of GLAM institutions

While New Zealand is at COVID-19 Alert Level 4, all galleries, libraries, archives and museums will remain closed to the public. Read our advice on essential security and maintenance of these facilities during the lockdown.

Updates from the Ministry’s funded agencies

Updated on 31st March 2020