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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 way to help the sector recover from the impacts of COVID-19.

New Zealand Government Alert System 

Please keep up to date with the current national and regional Alert Levels on the Government COVID-19 website

Regenerating the Arts, Culture and Heritage Sector

We are focused on the recovery, regeneration and revitalisation of the cultural sector. This page outlines the initiatives we are funding and delivering, to help our sector thrive.

Press Release: Government Invests in New Zealand's Cultural Recovery
Press Release: Support for Arts and Music Sector Recovery 

Media Sector Support 

Government has implemented a media sector support package to reduce cost and ease cashflow pressure for a range of media organisations.  

In February 2021, Minister for Broadcasting and Media, Kris Faafoi has announced a $55 million Journalism Fund to support public interest journalism. 

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 and extension
  • Leave and self-isolation support
  • Business cash flow and tax measures.

The wage subsidy component of this package includes all New Zealand employers, contractors, sole traders, self-employed people, registered charities and incorporated societies.

The COVID-19.govt.nz website also provides information about support for essential costs, and guidance for those under financial stress.

Updates from the Ministry’s funded agencies


Updated on 15th February 2021