Where there is a high degree of public interest, the Ministry may publish related information. The aim is to increase public access to the work we do.
National Erebus Memorial proactive release
The following documents relating to the National Erebus Memorial project were proactively released by Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage on 28 September 2022. As the Memorial progresses, similar documents will continue to be released. They represent formal advice sent to Ministers that has been previously released under the Official Information Act. They do not include all papers where the Memorial is mentioned (for example, Status Reports to the Minister). Where papers have been withheld in full they have not been included. Redactions and withholding grounds are current as at the time of request and are consistent with the Official Information Act.
Strategic Framework for a Sustainable Media System
Published September 2022
The New Zealand media system has experienced considerable change, with the shift toward digital content, fragmenting of audience consumption and a decline of traditional revenue streams.
The Strategic Framework for a Sustainable Media System has been developed as a roadmap for the work Manatū Taonga can do alongside the media sector to meet the challenges of this dynamic environment and support a vibrant, trusted and diverse media system.
The Framework recognises the contributions of public media, private media, and the Government working together to promote accessible, varied content that celebrates New Zealand’s diverse communities, cultures, and stories, elevates many voices, and supports social cohesion across Aotearoa’s communities.
The Strategic Framework for a Sustainable Media System (web version)
Download as a PDF: Strategic Framework for a Sustainable Media System (PDF 49 KB)
Download Summary of the Strategic Framework A3 (PDF 207 KB)
Report on Media Plurality in New Zealand
In 2021 Manatū Taonga commissioned the Sapere Research Group to carry out research and analysis on the implications that competition and market trends will have for media plurality in New Zealand. Media plurality contributes to well-functioning democratic society by informing citizens, who are able to access and consume a diverse range of viewpoints from a variety of media organisations. Plurality can also limit the ability of any one media owner from exercising too much influence over the political process. A lack of plurality not only has implications for democratic engagement and accountability, but also can have negative consequences for a society’s cultural expression and development.
The report is the view of Sapere Research and is not government policy. The report forms one part of our policy evidence base on the current state of the media sector in New Zealand.
|February 2022||Report on Media Plurality in New Zealand (PDF 1.1 MB)|
Media Support Package Review Report
In 2020, as part the Government response to COVID-19, Manatū Taonga developed the Media Support Package in consultation with the media sector, to support New Zealand media organisations through the immediate impacts of COVID-19. Manatū Taonga engaged MartinJenkins to carry out an independent review of the Media Support Package.
|July 2021||Media Support Package – Retrospective Review (PDF 5 MB)|
Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) research report and briefing
After taking advice and considering a research report on the issue, the Minister has decided it is more appropriate for Government to wait until it becomes clearer that adopting DAB permanently is the right decision for New Zealand. He has directed officials to maintain a watching brief on this matter and to inform him of any significant changes as they occur. This will ensure Government is well prepared to act, if and when the case for DAB becomes more compelling. The Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media decided there is not a strong case for implementing Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) in New Zealand at this time.
Tuia 250 Privacy Breach Information Release
Manatū Taonga, the Ministry for Culture and Heritage proactively released a number of documents relating to the Tuia Encounters 250 website, privacy breach and response on 18 December 2019.
The Final Report of the Tuia 250 Voyage Trainee Privacy Breach provided an independent review of the decisions and processes relating to the procurement and management of the Tuia 250 website and the circumstances that led to the breach of the privacy of applicants for the trainee crew programme. Manatū Taonga, the Ministry for Culture and Heritage also published its response to the recommendations of the independent report by the RDC Group Ltd.
State Services Commission Inquiry into the use of External Security Consultants
|18 December 2018||Letter from Inquiry Head Doug Martin, to State Sector Agency Chief Executives|
|18 December 2018||Response from Manatū Taonga/Ministry for Culture and Heritage to SSC Inquiry|
Official Information Act compliance and practice: Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture & Heritage – Office of the Ombudsman Report
Manatū Taonga, Ministry for Culture and Heritage, welcomes the opportunity to participate in the review of Official Information Act compliance and review. We are looking to make improvements to our processes based on the advice of the Office of the Ombudsman. You can access all the reports on all agencies participating in the review on the Office of the Ombudsman’s website.
|27 September 2018||Offical Information Act Compliance and Practice Manatu Taonga – Office of the Ombudsman Report (PDF 2.2 MB)|
Submissions to the Public Media Ministerial Advisory Group
|23 July 2018||Submissions to the Public Media Ministerial Advisory Group to 31 May 2018 (PDF 24.8 MB)|
|23 July 2018||Mediaworks submission to PMMAG - 6 April 2018 (PDF 124 KB)|
|23 July 2018||Stuff Ltd submission to PMMAG (PDF 142 KB)|
|23 July 2018||WIFT New Zealand members submission to PMMAG - 2 April 2018 (PDF 49 KB)|
Release of documents to support Hon Clare Curran's announcement of public media funding allocation for 2018/19
Updated on 1st February 2023