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Government recognises Bill Gosden’s contribution to New Zealand’s film community

2020 Nov 07

Minister's media release. “I am saddened to hear of the recent passing of former New Zealand International Film Festival director Bill Gosden and would like to acknowledge the outstanding1contri…

International sport back up and running in New Zealand

2020 Sep 25

Minister Robertson media release The Government is welcoming today’s announcement that the West Indies and Pakistan cricket teams will tour New Zealand this summer.  “A lot of hard work1ha…

Making it official: The journey of te reo Māori | Kia whakapūmautia: Ngā piki me ngā heke o te reo Māori

2020 Sep 17

The journey towards recognising Māori as an official language and taonga has been captured as a web series and launched today during Te Wiki o te Reo Māori, announced Associate Arts, Culture and1…

Timaru’s Theatre Royal to be upgraded and new heritage facility built

2020 Sep 15

The Government is supporting a major upgrade of Timaru’s iconic Theatre Royal and the construction of a new connected Heritage Facility museum and exhibition space with $11.6 million from the Gove…

New Zealand to host Bledisloe Cup in October and ready to attract other international sporting events

2020 Sep 11

The Sport and Recreation Minister Grant Robertson says while it is disappointing the Rugby Championship will not be held in New Zealand, the country will host two Bledisloe Cup games in October and1…

Fund opens for COVID-19 impacted Pasifika festivals

2020 Aug 28

Associate Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Hon Carmel Sepuloni has announced an opening date of 21 September for the Pasifika Festivals Initiative that will provide funds for Pasifika festiva…

Major investment for indoor sports in Hawke’s Bay

2020 Aug 09

A Government grant of $6.4 million will expand the Pettigrew Arena in Taradale with new indoor courts of national standard. “The project is likely to take 18 months with approximately 300 people…

Government remains committed to Women’s Cricket World Cup

2020 Aug 08

The Government has re-affirmed its commitment to supporting the hosting of the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup, which the ICC has delayed from 2021 to 2022. “This is obviously a disappointing de…

New high performance sports hub for Upper Hutt

2020 Aug 06

The Government is providing up to $30 million to help fund the NZ Campus of Innovation and Sport in Upper Hutt - an investment that will create 244 jobs. “The sports hub is designed to be a1worl…

New role to champion reading for children

2020 Aug 05

A new role of New Zealand Reading Ambassador for children and young people is being established, Prime Minister and Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Jacinda Ardern and Minister for Internal1A…

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