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Matariki public holiday to play starring role

In just over two months Aotearoa New Zealand will, for the first time, officially commemorate Matariki with a public holiday. Legislation to create the annual public holiday, acknowledging the rise of the Matariki star cluster and marking the Māori New Year, passed its third reading on 7 April 2022.

Kiwi legends of architecture and design featured in Dictionary of NZ Biography

Fourteen new entries featuring legendary architects, industrial and fashion designers, and inventors have been added to Ngā Tāngata Taumata Rau Dictionary of New Zealand Biography (DNZB). DNZB is produced by Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage.

Manatū Taonga announces 2022 commemorations programme

Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage Chief Executive Bernadette Cavanagh announced the 2022 commemorations programme.

Tohu Whenua: Discover The Places That Tell Our Stories

Discover the places that tell our stories. That’s what Tohu Whenua is encouraging New Zealanders to do.

New specialist building will house New Zealand’s heritage

NZ’s most prized taonga or treasures that tell so much of our national story are a step closer to their new home as construction on a building of national significance in Wellington got under way.