Supporting a resilient and sustainable cultural sector
To support the cultural sector so that it is fit for purpose, adaptive, and enduring, the approach for Budget 2022 was for investment in the Arts, Culture and Heritage portfolio to be collaborative, and to develop, mature and improve the capability of the cultural system.
Budget 2022 makes available over $50 million to invest in a sustainable cultural sector, by ensuring cultural institutions have sustainable funding for key workforce pressures and programme delivery.
- $13.921 million (over four years) to Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision for workforce capability and capacity $12.000 million (over four years) to the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra to ensure a sustainable funding model, and to support programme delivery
- $4.000 million (over four years) to the Antarctic Heritage Trust for critical cost pressures
- $7.500 million (over four years) to the Royal New Zealand Ballet support programme delivery, and the return to the St James Theatre, Wellington
- $12.000 million (over four years) to Te Papa Tongarewa to address critical workforce cost pressures, support programme delivery, and for further support against the effects of COVID-19
A new Spirit Collection Area for Te Papa
The Spirit Collection Area is a collection facility owned by Te Papa which houses a significant proportion of New Zealand’s unique and globally precious natural history collections. This investment will fund the rebuild and relocation of Te Papa’s Spirit Collection Area to ensure it is fit for purpose.
Budget 2022 provides $42.9 million in capital funding to rebuild a fit for purpose Spirit Collection Area for:
- Te Papa to continue to deliver its world class services in a compliant and cost-effective way while increasing iwi and community engagement
- Improved asset efficiency and reduced risks for asset owners, and safer storage of the collection and working environment for staff and surrounding entities
- Sustained contribution to research and application of biodiversity knowledge to understand and manage Aotearoa New Zealand’s natural environment, and prepare for the future
- $42.9 million for planning, design, procurement and upfront capital funding
Celebrating Te Ao Māori and preserving our taonga
The collaborative approach taken in Budget 2022 meant investment in the sector was focused towards better sector outcomes, and in particular supporting Māori, hapū and iwi to achieve their aspirations through authentic partnership; and creating sustainable opportunities for Iwi, hapū and whānau to deepen and share their cultural identity; enrich Aotearoa New Zealand’s unique cultural fabric; and strengthen concepts of shared history and national identity.
Budget 2022 makes available $18 million to celebrate Te Ao Māori and preserve our taonga – including funding for the commemoration and celebration of Matariki and Waitangi Day, and supporting some of our cultural institutions to continue to showcase and protect our taonga.
- $10.000 million (over four years) to embed the commemoration and celebration of Matariki into Aotearoa New Zealand’s national fabric over the long-term and enable community-level celebrations for Matariki across the country, as well as an increase in the Commemorating Waitangi Day Fund to enable regional and community-based celebrations
- $4.000 million (over four years) to Te Matatini to enable the continued delivery of Te Matatini Herenga Waka Herenga Tangata Festival and to develop a regional kapa haka model
- An additional $1.000 million to the Museum Hardship Fund, administered by Te Papa, to support the whare taonga from the ongoing effects of COVID-19
- $3.000 million to the Waitangi National Trust Board in order to keep the grounds open to the public, and to safeguard the taonga it houses
New Zealand Screen Production Grant
Budget 2022 makes available $60 million for the New Zealand Screen Production Grant – New Zealand, to meet increased demand from eligible New Zealand productions.
- To build the sustainability, scale and critical mass of the domestic film industry and support the development of New Zealand creatives
- To provide cultural benefits to New Zealand by supporting the creation of New Zealand content and stories.
- $60 million for one year for the New Zealand Screen Production Grant – New Zealand to promote industry development and cultural benefits for New Zealand
Strong Public Media
A key investment in Budget 2022 is in strengthening Aotearoa New Zealand’s public media and ensuring it continues to deliver quality local content and trusted news. The cornerstone of this work is the creation of a new, independent, public media entity that is better able to meet the challenges of changing audiences, technologies, and global competition. It will provide many of the current services of TVNZ and RNZ but be built for the 21st century, so it will be digitally focused and multi-platform.
The entity has a mixed funding model and will generate commercial revenue as well as receiving Crown funding, making it more financially sustainable and allowing it to better deliver on its public media outcomes. The Government will provide half of its estimated operating budget - $200 million in Crown funding annually.
Budget 2022 provides $327 million of new Crown funding over three years for the new public media entity. This covers its first three years of operation, starting from July 1 next year.
Operational decisions will be made by the new entity, but it will be expected to:
- provide quality public media content to all New Zealanders, including groups who are currently underserved or under-represented
- provide independent, trusted, and truthful news as a core service
- use a range of platforms, including current radio and linear TV and those of third parties, to reach audiences how they want
- support the Crown’s Te Tiriti obligations and provide Māori stories and perspectives
- outsource production where appropriate to support the independent production of local content
- collaborate with and support the wider New Zealand media sector where appropriate.
- $327 million over three years from July 2023/24 when the entity will begin operating, through to 2025/26
- $40.1 million over four years for change and establishment costs
- $1 million annually to Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage from 2023/24 for monitoring the new entity
Updated on 27th May 2022