We are focused on the recovery, regeneration and revitalisation of the cultural sector. This page outlines the initiatives we are funding and delivering, to help our sector thrive.

Manatū Taonga recognises the devastating impact of COVID-19 on the cultural sector, and subsequently on the livelihoods of many New Zealanders. We also recognise that the arts, heritage and cultural sector is central to the nation’s recovery and will underpin the new post COVID-19 world providing us with a legacy of stories for our future.
 

This sector supports and reflects who we are as New Zealanders, binds communities together and brings our stories to the New Zealand and world stage. Economically, our cultural institutions, organisations, artists and creative minds make a significant contribution to our economy, with GDP of almost $11 billion before the COVID-19 pandemic.

Below you'll find more information about initiatives for the sectors we support, funded in the Government’s Budget 2020.
 

Press Release: Government Invests in New Zealand's Cultural Recovery
Press Release: Support for Arts and Music Sector Recovery
Press Release: Screen Sector recovery package protects jobs, boosts investment

 

Arts
 

In this section find out about our three new initiatives to support new artworks, innovation and resilience, specifically the Creative Arts Recovery and Employment Fund, the Cultural Innovation Fund and the Cultural Capability Fund. You’ll also learn more about how we’re supporting people back into creative careers, and what we’re doing to retain critical infrastructure for the arts.  Find out more…

 

Heritage

In this section find out about our Museum Hardship Fund and the direct support we’re providing to New Zealand heritage organisations. Find out more…

 

Music

In this section find out more about the New Zealand Music Recovery Fund and what support is available for the music sector, including venues. Find out more…

 

Mātauranga Māori 

In this section find out more about the initiatives we are implementing to support iwi, hapū, whānau and Māori communities to protect their mātauranga and taonga. Find out more…

 

Pasifika

In this section learn more about the funding we have available for Pasifika festivals in New Zealand. You’ll also find information about the project that will establish a New Zealand Fale Malae. Find out more…

 

Screen

In this section learn more about the funding we have available for New Zealand's screen sector, including initiatives to stimulate the domestic screen industry. Find out more…

 

Media

We have a range of initiatives to support the media sector. Find out more…

 

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