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We advise the government on arts, culture, heritage, sport and recreation, and broadcasting.

Ki te puāwai te ahurea, Ka ora te iwi
Culture is thriving,
The people are well

Image and Ministry statement: Ki te puāwai te ahurea, Ka ora te iwi. Culture is thriving, the people are well.

Key roles and responsibilities

We lead government work in the arts, heritage, broadcasting and sports sectors providing advice on legislation, policy, and sector development to our Ministers.

More about key roles and responsibilities.

History of Government involvement in culture

The Ministry was established in 2000, however the involvement of New Zealand governments in culture has a much longer history.

More about the history of Government involvement in culture.

Updated on 1st June 2023