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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 2020

The 2019/20 year has been an extraordinary one. Responding to COVID-19 has seen Manatū Taonga and the wider cultural sector undertake a significant programme of activity aimed at recovery, regeneration and revitalisation.

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.

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.

Understanding the value of creative spaces (February 2019)

This report presents key findings from a survey of creative spaces, intended to provide key decision-makers & agencies with information about the sector to better understand how the sector operates.