We want to ensure our heritage sector continues to operate and to connect 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 audio-visual collections

Investment has been made in Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision, National Library and Archives New Zealand for the digitisation of high-risk audio-visual 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

We recognise that 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 will make available $2 million over two years in contestable grants to museums, galleries and whare taonga that have been impacted by COVID-19.  The fund will offer grants of up to $25,000 to small and medium-sized organisations. Te Papa National Services Te Paerangi will administer this fund, over multiple funding rounds. 


Further information on timing and criteria will be available in coming weeks on the National Services Te Paerangi’s webpage. Applications for the first funding round are on track to open before the end of August 2020.

Quick links to more funding

Updated on 11th August 2020