Budget 2020: Regenerating the arts, culture and heritage sector

Budget 2020 will focus on the recovery, regeneration and revitalisation of the cultural sector.

Details of the upcoming recovery support package for the arts and cultural sector will be published in the coming days, and a second media support package will be published in the coming weeks, once the Government has made these announcements.


The arts, heritage and cultural sector is central to the nation’s recovery and will underpin the new post COVID-19 world providing us with a legacy of stories for our future. This sector supports and reflects who we are as New Zealanders, binds communities together and brings our stories to the New Zealand and world stage.

Economically, our cultural institutions, organisations, artists and creative minds make a significant contribution to our economy, with GDP of more than $11 billion before the COVID-19 pandemic.


Māori and Pasifika funding

If you want to know what the Budget 2020 means for the Māori and Pasifika cultural and arts sector, see below:


Mātauranga Māori

  • $20 million over two years for mātauranga Māori initiatives to support iwi, hapū, whānau and Māori communities with projects that will protect their mātauranga and taonga from the impact and ongoing threat of COVID-19.
  • A further $2.4 million over two years to Te Matatini to deliver regional Kapa Haka competitions and the 2021 National Festival.

Discussions to refine the details of the funding will take place with participating agencies, iwi and Māori communities post-budget. Final details on how to access funding will be available in September 2020.


  • $12 million across three years will support Pasifika festivals throughout New Zealand
  • $10 million to establish a New Zealand Fale Malae, with $2 million immediately available to support the detailed planning and consent work for this project.

Eligibility criteria for the $12 million Pasifika Culture and Heritage Fund is being developed jointly by Creative NZ, Ministry for Pacific Peoples and Manatū Taonga. 


Media Support Packages

We are responsible for administering two media sector support packages.

The first Media Support Package was announced on 23 April 2020 and focused on immediate relief. It provided $50 million for a suite of initiatives to help the media industry get through the COVID-19 pandemic. Find out more about the Media Support Package.

The second Media Support Package will be announced in the coming weeks.


Annual Budget

The annual Budget 2020 includes:

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