Skip to main content

About Manatū Taonga

About Manatū Taonga

Nature and scope of Manatū Taonga’s operations

Manatū Taonga / Ministry for Culture and Heritage (the Ministry) is the Government’s leading advisor on cultural matters; funds, monitors and supports a range of cultural agencies; and delivers a range of high quality cultural products and services.

The Ministry provides advice to the New Zealand Government on where to focus its interventions in the cultural sector. The Ministry seeks to ensure that Vote funding is invested as effectively and efficiently as possible, and that the Government’s priorities are met.

The Ministry has a strong track record of delivering high quality publications (including websites), managing our significant heritage and commemorations, and acting as guardian of New Zealand’s culture and kaitiaki of New Zealand’s taonga.

Te Arataki is the Ministry’s strategy to support Māori culture as a fundamental part of New Zealand’s identity.

The Ministry is responsible to and supports the Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage; the Minister of Broadcasting; and the Minister for Sport and Recreation.

Appendix 2 shows the Acts of Parliament and Regulations administered by the Ministry.

Impacts and indicators of success

The Ministry has identified desired impacts – which show the more direct results of our activities – that will contribute to our outcomes. For the Ministry these include the impact it has on the funded agencies, as much of the work being delivered is through funded agencies, which we advise and monitor.

The Ministry has also identified the key indicators that will tell us whether the Ministry’s desired impacts are being achieved. These indicators are described later in this Statement of Intent.

Information on our output performance measures, along with historical performance and targets, is included in the Information Supporting the Estimates.  This is available on the Treasury website.

The Ministry’s role in the sector

The Ministry is uniquely placed in the cultural sector to have an overview of the full range of sector activities and issues, and to inform thinking, within government and the sector, on how support for culture can contribute to the Government’s goals.

The Ministry is leading a project with funded agencies to explore areas which would be suitable for collaboration, shared services and co-location. In 2012/13 there are 91 collaborative arrangements across the central government funded sector, which is up from 56 in 2011/12. It is possible that in future, this number will reduce as smaller collaborations become part of a larger more encompassing single collaboration, e.g. co-location.

Working with the funded agencies

The Government funds a wide variety of cultural activity through Votes Arts, Culture and Heritage, and Sport and Recreation. The Ministry and our funded agencies are working together in a cohesive and collaborative sector together, while delivering in a diverse range of areas. More information about how the sector contributes to outcomes is included in Appendix 1.

Working with other government agencies

Many initiatives undertaken by the Ministry at a central government level involve partnerships with other agencies, with the Ministry acting in either a lead or subsidiary role. This ensures that our work complements that of other departments in achieving the Government’s objectives.  The table below outlines some of the key institutional relationships that the Ministry and funded agencies have with other parts of central government.                                                                                                                                                                     


Activity supporting the cultural sector

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority

Christchurch Recovery.

Department of Conservation

Heritage sites; World heritage.

Department of Internal Affairs

Gaming and lotteries; Local government; National Library; Archives New Zealand; World War One Centenary.

Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

Film; Broadcasting; Intellectual property; Radio spectrum; Broadcasting; Trade/Cultural diplomacy; Tourism; Major Events.

Ministry of Education

Cultural opportunities in curricular and co-curricular learning experiences; UNESCO.

Ministry for the Environment

Resource management.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Repatriation; International law; Cultural diplomacy; World War One Centenary.

Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs

PacificIslandLanguage Strategy.

New ZealandDefence Force

Commemorations including World War One Centenary.

Office of Treaty Settlements

Settlement protocols.

Office of Veterans’ Affairs

Commemorations including World War One Centenary; War graves.

Statistics New Zealand

Cultural sector research and measurement.

Te Puni Kōkiri

Broadcasting; Archiving of broadcast content; Māori Language Strategy; other support for Māori culture and heritage.

Updated on 7th October 2019