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Proactive Releases

General proactive releases such as Cabinet Decisions, Status Reports, Ministry responses to OIA requests and other material of public interest are published on this page.


Cabinet Papers
Responses to OIA Requests
General Information Releases 

Cabinet Papers

We proactively release Cabinet papers and material the Minister of Arts, Culture and Heritage and Associate Ministers and Minister of Broadcasting take to Cabinet. This is in line with Cabinet Office circular CO(18)4 – Proactive Release of Cabinet Material. We aim to make this information available as soon as possible.

2021 releases


31 March: Cabinet Minute - Strong Public Media business case : establishment of Governance Group (PDF 520 KB)

31 March: Strong Public Media business case Governance Group (PDF 99 KB)

28 January: Investing in Sustainable Journalism: Drawdown of tagged contingency (PDF 153 KB)

2020 releases

5 August: COVID-19 Response: Building a Sustainable and Viable Media Sector (PDF 697KB)

22 April: COVID-19 Response: Immediate Support Package for the Media Sector (PDF 276KB)

9 April: Support for the media sector - Kordia transmission pricing (PDF 190KB)

10 February: Funding 2020 Paralympic Games Coverage (PDF 2.16 MB)

28 January: Strengthening Kaupapa Waka Hourua – Tuia te Hau Kōmaru (PDF 516KB)

28 January: Strengthening Public Media: Report Back (PDF 376 KB)

24 January: Statement on the 40th Anniversary of the Erebus Accident (PDF 266 KB)

23 January: Dominion Museum Building (PDF 789 KB)

2019 releases

2 December: Overseas Travel Report: Hon Carmel Sepuloni (PDF 182 KB)

21 November 2019: Crown Acquisition of Kate Sheppard’s Former Residence (PDF 1 MB)

11 November: Artists Resale Royalty Scheme Online Survey (PDF 406 KB)

26 August: Overseas Travel Report: Hon Kris Faafoi (PDF 379 KB)

12 August: Strengthening Public Media (PDF 686 KB)

26 January: Overseas Travel Report: Hon Grant Robertson (PDF 184 KB)

2018 releases

17 December: Crown Acquisition of Kate Sheppard’s Former Residence (PDF 1 MB

Responses to OIA requests

The Ministry makes OIA responses available where the information is considered to be of public interest, and where there is no risk to the privacy of individuals.


16 June: RNZ Concert and RNZ’s Music Strategy (PDF 5.4 MB)

10 January: Te Motuni Epa o Aotearoa (PDF 7 MB)


10 September: Departmental advertising spend (PDF 339 KB)

10 September: Departmental leave entitlements (PDF 162 KB)

10 September: Pukeahu skateboard policy (PDF 212 KB)

29 August: Diversity information (PDF 182 KB)

29 August: New office furniture and supplies in the last five years (PDF 122 KB)

29 August: Fees payable to Tuia - Encounters 250 Committee Members (PDF 127 KB

General information releases

Where there is a high degree of public interest, the Ministry may publish related information. The aim is to increase public access to the work we do.

Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) research report and briefing

Published 16 April 2019

Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media Kris Faafoi has decided there is not a strong case for implementing Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) in New Zealand at this time.

After taking advice and considering a research report on the issue, the Minister has decided it is more appropriate for Government to wait until it becomes clearer that adopting DAB permanently is the right decision for New Zealand. He has directed officials to maintain a watching brief on this matter and to inform him of any significant changes as they occur. This will ensure Government is well prepared to act, if and when the case for DAB becomes more compelling.

Tuia 250 Privacy Breach Information Release

Final Report: Independent Review of the Tuia 250 Voyage Trainee Privacy Breach 

Published 18 December 2019

This report provides Manatū Taonga, the Ministry for Culture and Heritage with an independent review of the decisions and processes relating to the procurement and management of the Tuia 250 website and the circumstances that led to the breach of the privacy of applicants for the trainee crew programme.

Ministry response to the Tuia 250 Voyage Trainee Privacy Breach Independent Review 

Published 18 December 2019

Manatū Taonga, the Ministry for Culture and Heritage has published its response to the recommendations of the independent report by the RDC Group Ltd.

The following documents relating to the Tuia Encounters 250 website, privacy breach and response have been proactively released by Manatū Taonga, the Ministry for Culture and Heritage on 18 December 2019.

Information Withheld

Some information has been withheld from this proactive release and, if requested, would be withheld under the Official Information Act 1982 (the OIA). Where this is the case, the relevant sections of the OIA that apply have been identified. Where information has been withheld, no public interest has been identified that would outweigh the reasons for withholding it.

Documents released
Date Creator Title
18-09-18 MCH Procurement plan: Tuia Encounters 250 website
01-10-18 MCH Request for proposal: Tuia Encounters 250 website design and build
25-10-18 MCH Approval memo: Tuia Encounters 250 website design and build
05-12-18 MCH Contract for services: Tuia Encounters 250 website design and build
22-08-19 MCH Breach situation update – Thursday 7pm 
23-08-19 MCH Breach situation update – Friday 10am
23-08-19 Aura MCH Tuia 250 incident analysis: Initial summary
24-08-19 MCH Situation report #1 – Saturday 4.30pm 
24-08-19 MCH Situation report #2 – Saturday 8.00pm 
24-08-19 MCH Talking points and Q and As for Prime Minister
24-08-19 Aura Incident response and analysis service schedule: Service of work
25-08-19 MCH Decision/action log: Privacy Breach – Sunday 12.30pm 
25-08-19 MCH Situation report #3 – Sunday 2.45pm
25-08-19 MCH Situation report #4 – Sunday 5.00pm
25-08-19 Aura Security incident report
26-08-19 MCH Dashboard – Monday 4.15pm
26-08-19 MCH Situation report #5 – Monday 5.00pm
26-08-19 Aura Security review service schedule: Service of work
27-08-19 MCH Situation report #6 – Tuesday 5.00pm
28-08-19 MCH Dashboard – Wednesday 4.15pm 
28-08-19 MCH Situation report #7 – Wednesday 5.00pm
28-08-19 MCH Questions and Answers
29-08-19 MCH Situation report #8 – Thursday 5.00pm
30-08-19 MCH Situation report #9 – Friday 5.00pm
30-08-19 MCH Terms of reference for an independent review of the Tuia 250 voyage trainee privacy breach
02-09-19 MCH Situation report #10 – Monday 5.00pm
03-09-19 MCH Situation report #11 – Tuesday 5.00pm
04-09-19 MCH Situation report #12 – Wednesday 5.00pm
05-09-19 MCH Situation report #13 – Thursday 5.00pm
06-09-19 MCH Situation report #14 – Friday 4.30pm
06-09-19 MCH Tuia privacy breach review – FAQ for interviewees
11-09-19 MCH Situation report #15 – Wednesday 5.00pm
12-09-19 MCH Aide memoire to PMO
13-09-19 MCH Situation report #16 – Friday 3.30pm
30-09-19 MCH Tuia 250 Privacy breach recovery approach
04-10-19 MCH Tuia privacy breach update 

State Services Commission Inquiry into the use of External Security Consultants

Published 18 December 2018

Letter from Inquiry Head Doug Martin, to State Sector Agency Chief Executives 23/07/2018 

Response from Manatū Taonga/Ministry for Culture and Heritage to SSC Inquiry 15/08/2018 

Official Information Act compliance and practice: Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture & Heritage – Office of the Ombudsman Report 

Published 27 September 2018

Offical Information Act Compliance and Practice Manatu Taonga – Office of the Ombudsman Report (PDF 2.2MB)

Manatū Taonga, Ministry for Culture and Heritage, welcomes the opportunity to participate in the review of Official Information Act compliance and review. We are looking to make improvements to our processes based on the advice of the Office of the Ombudsman. You can access all the reports on all agencies participating in the review on the Office of the Ombudsman’s website.

Submissions to the Public Media Ministerial Advisory Group

Published 23 July 2018

Submissions to the Public Media Ministerial Advisory Group to 31 May 2018 (PDF 24.8 MB)

Mediaworks submission to PMMAG - 6 April 2018 (PDF 124 KB)

Stuff Ltd submission to PMMAG (PDF 142 KB)

WIFT New Zealand members submission to PMMAG - 2 April 2018 (PDF 49 KB)

Release of documents to support Hon Clare Curran's announcement of public media funding allocation for 2018/19

Published 11 July 2018

Cabinet paper - Allocation of funding for public media - for release (PDF 885.15 KB)

GRAPH Comparison of public media funding allocation - 28 June 2018 (DOC.X 282 KB)

FLOW CHART Public media funding allocation.docx (PDF 125 KB)

Recommendations of the Ministerial Advisory Group on Allocation of New Funding - for release (PDF 1.38 MB)

Public Media funding allocation PWC report (PDF 3.75 MB)

Updated on 9th April 2021