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Research & Publications

Explore New Zealand culture past and present through our various websites and research reports.  You'll find Ministry for Culture and Heritage publications plus research and website links from other cultural organisations.

New Zealanders’ Cultural Participation in 2020 and Future Participation in a Post-COVID Environment (May 2021)

This report outlines findings from a national survey of participation in a range of cultural activities in New Zealand and the impact of COVID-19. It identifies current cultural participation levels in late 2020 and anticipated future participation at COVID Alert Level 1.

Annual Report 2021

Read our latest Annual Report for 2020/21. In the last year, Manatū Taonga has stood up an entirely new function to deliver on the significant investment the government made into the cultural sector.

Our history books

View the list of books published by our historians over the last few years ranging from histories of state agencies to New Zealand military conflicts.

Ngā Hua A Tāne Rore : the Benefits of Kapa Haka (June 2014)

The report identifies that kapa haka plays an important role in the life of our nation.

Culture, Wellbeing and the Living Standards Framework: A Perspective (June 2019)

Discussion paper providing a perspective on how to better reflect culture in the Living Standards Framework, jointly commissioned by the Treasury & the Ministry.