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Find out about culture and heritage agencies (Te Ara Taonga), what we do, how we work together, key contacts and how we can work with you during and after Treaty settlement process.

The Taonga Pathway

What is the public sector?

Public sector cultural agency landscape

The Taonga Pathway - the settlement process

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The Taonga Pathway

The following culture and heritage agencies work collectively with Te Arawhiti and iwi towards partnership:

A tiaki taonga centred approach in relation to Treaty settlements enhances the relationship between iwi and agencies and ensures the care of taonga. The tiaki taonga approach lessens the administrative burden for iwi, and allows for greater collaboration across the culture and heritage sector to meet the aspirations of iwi.


Te Ara Taonga is the framework which informs how the agencies and iwi will work together with iwi to support the cultural and heritage aspirations of iwi.

Tiaki Taonga is the care, protection, and preservation of taonga and heritage by iwi and agencies.

Te Ara Taonga Guide (PDF 1MB)

What is the public sector?

The five agencies are constituted differently. While DIA and MCH are public service agencies, the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga are Crown Entities. Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision is a charitable trust and are funded through Vote Arts, Culture and Heritage. 

The public sector consists of a number of different organisational forms. These forms vary in the extent to which they are at an arm's length from Ministers, how they are governed, and the expectations that apply. Public Service departments are close to Ministers (part of the legal Crown), while Crown entities are stand-alone corporate bodies and operate at arm's-length. Most Crown entities are part of the State services, but Tertiary Education Institutions are part of the wider State sector.

The State Services Commission (SSC) Public sector map lists organisations and where they fit within the public sector

Public sector cultural agency landscape

There are many cultural agencies that receive Government funding, and that have particular statutory roles including:

  • policy performance and standards
  • cultural funding
  • repositories of taonga

For further information please contact [email protected]



Updated on 14th March 2023