We want our heritage sector to continue operating and connecting to New Zealanders and visitors with our stories.

We have provided direct financial support for national heritage agencies and organisations:

  • Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga receives $11.3 million over four years to address existing cost pressures and enable it to continue its vision of heritage being valued, respected and preserved for present and future generations. A further $250,000 will go towards investigating the seismic upgrade and refurbishment of Turnbull House.
  • Te Papa Tongarewa, our national museum, receives $18 million to remain open to the public and continue to connect treasured collections and taonga to New Zealanders.
  • The Antarctic Heritage Trust receives $1.4 million to continue its heritage conservation work in Antarctica and continue to inspire young explorers in New Zealand.
  • The Waitangi National Trust receives $4 million to ensure that the Waitangi Treaty Grounds are open to the public.

Saving New Zealand’s audiovisual collections

Investment has been made in Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision, National Library and Archives New Zealand for the digitisation of high-risk audiovisual collections that are such an important record of New Zealand’s society and history in the second half of the last century.

We are injecting $10 million over four years for operations, with $3 million each year continuing in outyears for the three institutions. Further capital funding of $32.9 million over four years will support building the required capability, including procuring a vendor to digitise at-risk magnetic collections. This will be managed in partnership between the institutions.

Museum Hardship Fund

New Zealand’s collective cultural heritage is largely cared for by the museum sector. The collections they hold and visitor experiences they provide are important elements of our national identity.

The Museum Hardship Fund makes $2 million available through multiple funding rounds over two years. The contestable grants are administered by Te Papa National Service Te Paerangi.

This fund is open to any non-profit, community-run or volunteer museum, whare taonga or gallery of small to medium size, or whānau and hapū through the relevant iwi organisation.

Hardship due to the impact of COVID-19 needs to be demonstrated through loss of income, diminished public programming, a subsequent decrease in levels of care for collections and a loss or potential loss of staff.

Latest update

  • Applications for the second round of funding closed in April 2021. Round three opened on 1 September and closes on 29 October 2021. 
  • Forty-six museums benefited in round one with grants of up to $25,000 each.
  • For more information visit: Te Papa Museum Hardship Fund

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Updated on 6th September 2021