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New Zealand Government acknowledges 175th anniversary of Battle of Ruapekapeka

2021 Jan 08

Beehive media release. The commemoration of the 175th anniversary of the Battle of Ruapekapeka represents an opportunity for all New Zealanders to reflect on the role these conflicts have had in c…

Safeguarding at-risk mātauranga Māori from the ongoing threat of COVID-19

2020 Dec 15

Minister Sepuloni media release. A Te Reo Māori version of the media release is also available. Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage, Carmel Sepuloni, has announced 18 initiatives to suppor…

Screen sector gets $50 million boost to tell New Zealand’s stories globally

2020 Dec 09

Beehive media release. The Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Hon Carmel Sepuloni today launched the Premium Productions for International Audiences Fund, making $50 million available in a1un…

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…

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