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The year in review = He āta tirohanga ki te tau

The year in review = He āta tirohanga ki te tau

The Year in Review reports on key progress towards the two medium-term goals identified in the Ministry’s Statement of Intent 2009–14, and developments in Ministry capability.

· The medium-term goals are:

· the increased visibility and accessibility of culture and
cultural activities

· well-governed, efficient and sustainable government-funded cultural organisations.

More detailed reporting on the Ministry’s non-financial performance is provided in the next section of this report.

The increased visibility and accessibility of culture and cultural activities – ka tipu te kitenga me te urunga ki ngā tikanga me āna mahi

Digital Switchover

Completing Digital Switchover and switching off analogue transmission services is a key priority for the broadcasting and communications sectors. As well as offering viewers a greater range of channels and clearer pictures, this will reduce transmission costs for broadcasters and free up radio spectrum for ‘fourth generation’ telecommunications services such as mobile broadband. The Ministry made considerable progress in its role as lead agency for Digital Switchover, working closely with industry and other departments to establish the infrastructure and policy parameters.

The Ministry commissioned Colmar Brunton to carry out a Digital Tracker telephone survey on the take-up of digital television and awareness of Digital Switchover. The survey began in May. The first results have been received, and decisions on Digital Switchoverand what is needed to support it will be made in 2010.

Rugby World Cup: NZ2011Festival

Preparatory work continued for the NZ2011 Festival, a significant cultural event that will run nationwide during the Rugby World Cup. Throughout the year the Ministry worked closely with the NZ2011 Festival Office and cultural sector organisations to develop a programme of flagship cultural events for the thousands of potential cultural consumers – from New Zealand and abroad – who will be travelling around the country in 2011. We also ran a series of workshops to ensure that the wider cultural sector is engaged in the development of regional festivals and activities.

Promoting New Zealand culture overseas

During 2009/10, the Cultural Diplomacy International Programme funded performances by New Zealand artists in Manila and Jakarta, as well as work for the Expo 2010 pavilion by artists from Te Puia in Rotorua. The carved waharoa (gateway) will remain in Shanghai as a symbol of New Zealand’s relationship with China.

With the support of the New Zealand Film Commission, the Cultural Diplomacy International Programme also established a travelling film library. Designed for use at New Zealand’s overseas posts, this provides an opportunity to showcase New Zealand filmmaking with a selection of feature and short films.

An important advance for the film industry was the completion of a film co-production agreement with China, negotiated by the Ministry and signed by Prime Minister John Key in July 2010. The agreement relates to feature films, offering the New Zealand and Chinese screen industries mutual benefits and the chance to build closer relationships in filmmaking.

Cultural Indicators report

The Ministry’s Cultural Indicators report brings together a wide range of statistics about the cultural sector from a variety of sources into one easy reference place. It provides a benchmark for measuring changes in the status or health of cultural activity. An updated and expanded report was published in July 2009. This contains new indicators for a number of areas, including the protection of heritage places, household spending on culture, and Māori TV ratings. The enhanced publication forms a basis for meaningful debate about the role and value of culture in New Zealand.

Auckland ‘Super City’ – cultural sector infrastructure

The Ministry participated in the Auckland Governance Working Group, advising on cultural matters relating to the Local Government (Auckland Law Reform) Bill. We also advised on transitional arrangements for council-funded organisations, with a focus on the proposed council-controlled organisation, ‘Regional Facilities Auckland’.

Te Ara – the online encyclopedia of New Zealand

A milestone for Te Ara was the release of its fifth theme, Economy and the City, covering New Zealand’s story of business, work, the economy, transport and urban life. The Ministry also launched the Hawke’s Bay, Taranaki and Waikato sections of Te Ara’s theme about New Zealand’s geographical regions, Places. Te Ara now has 560 entries across five themes, with about 1.4 million words and more than 15,000 resources in the form of images, sound files, interactives, maps and film clips.

The Ministry released a book, New Zealanders and the Sea, drawn from essays and illustrations in Te Ara. We also undertook work to integrate the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography website into Te Ara, and to prepare a dozen new biographies for release in October 2010.

Taonga Māori

The Ministry repatriated an early twentieth-century fake carved funnel from Australia. The work of renowned faker of taonga Māori James Edward Little, the funnel had been exported in breach of the Protected Objects Act 1975. Its significance arises from its place in the history of the domestic and international trade in taonga Māori.

Conservation treatment was begun on waterlogged sections of waka found in the Hutt River and at Paekakariki. A third waka found at Muriwai will also require careful treatment over a number of years.

Working with the Minister’s delegated Chair of the Pukaki Trust, the Ministry helped achieve a durable solution for the preservation and location for display of the taonga Pukaki – the carving that features on the New Zealand 20 cent coin.

Relationship agreement with Te Puni Kōkiri

The Ministry for Culture and Heritage and Te Puni Kōkiri have a common interest in the arts, culture and heritage of iwi/Māori. In June 2010 the chief executives of the two Ministries signed a relationship agreement. This will ensure that the Ministries work together closely to create positive outcomes for Māori and all New Zealanders.

Protocols for Treaty of Waitangi settlements

Under the ‘Cultural Redress’ sections of historical Treaty of Waitangi settlements, Ministers are responsible for issuing protocols that set out how they and their departments will interact with iwi on certain matters. The Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage is responsible for issuing Taonga Tūturu protocols. Before November 2009, this protocol set out how the Minister and Ministry would interact with iwi over newly found taonga tūturu, the export of taonga tūturu, and other provisions of the Protected Objects Act 1975.

In November 2009 the Ministry, by agreement with the Minister, made substantial changes to the protocol, expanding it to cover a number of new areas. These include: input to board appointments; tendering for spiritual, cultural and professional services; registering a governance entity as a collector of taonga tūturu; and creating an inventory of a governance entity’s taonga held at Te Papa.

Supporting museums and galleries

The Ministry made recommendations on two new grants from the Regional Museums Policy for Capital Construction Projects. $6 million over four years was granted for the redevelopment and extension of the Hawke’s Bay Museum and Art Gallery, and $750,000 was provided towards a permanent home for the New Zealand Portrait Gallery on the Wellington waterfront. Final payments were made to multi-year museum redevelopment projects at the Auckland Art Gallery, Rotorua Museum of Art and History, and Otago Settlers Museum.

Promoting New Zealand’s history

The Ministry provided $400,000 to the Puke Ariki museum in New Plymouth for the development and touring of an exhibition on the Taranaki Wars. The 150th anniversary of the outbreak of the main phase of the New Zealand Wars was marked by a series of features on, and we completed a guide to New Zealand Wars battlefields that was published in September 2010.

The Ministry curated two exhibitions. The subject of ‘The Cabinet Makers’ was New Zealand’s premiers and prime ministers, while ‘Memories of West Auckland at War’ showcased the Ministry’s oral histories and photographs of veterans.

History outreach activities during the year included a seminar programme, talks to community groups and workshops for history teachers, all of which were well received.

A number of significant war history publications were completed. Home: Civilian New Zealanders Remember the Second World War is an illustrated book based on oral history interviews with some of the last survivors of the Second World War generation. The Penguin Book of New Zealanders at War, in which ordinary New Zealanders describe their experiences of war through letters, diaries and memoirs, was published in print and online. As part of work marking the centenary of the First World War, the Ministry’s history website,, released a major new section on New Zealand’s role in that conflict.

The 28th Māori Battalion website was formally launched in August 2009. During the year the Ministry focused on building the visual and audio content. Many of the site’s 657 registered users contribute information regularly and use the site to communicate with each other.

The Ministry’s Vietnam War Oral History Project hit targets for its first three years, including the recording of 115 interviews with veterans and family members, some video interviews, and the addition of material to the digital archive.


The Ministry worked with Te Puni Kōkiri to develop policy for flying the national Māori flag on Waitangi Day, and provided guidance for government departments and others on how the Māori flag should be flown in relation to the New Zealand flag.

More broadly, the Ministry led the development of a policy for the government’s involvement in commemorative activities. The aim is that such commemorations be more imaginative and meaningful, be better coordinated, give value for money, and acknowledge wholly domestic events that are internationally unique. The next step will be to gain approval for a prioritised list of significant anniversaries.

Funding for the landscaping of the New Zealand National Memorial Park on Buckle Street in central Wellington was secured in Budget 2010. This will become available in 2013, ensuring that the park can be completed in time for the centenary of the First World War.

The National War Memorial continues to be an important part of many official visits to New Zealand. Over the year, wreath-laying ceremonies were held for HRH The Prince William, the Chief of Canadian Defence Forces, the Supreme Allied Commander of NATO forces in Europe, and the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, US Forces. Maintenance carried out at the National War Memorial as part of an ongoing programme to bring the building up to modern standards included the first major upgrade of the elevator since it was installed in 1937.

Well-governed, efficient and sustainable government-funded cultural organisations – te whakahaere tika, te māia, te ora o ngā rōpū e whakawhiwhia ai ki te tahua kawanatanga

Reviews of cultural infrastructure

Sir Peter Jackson and David Court undertook a review of the New Zealand Film Commission and delivered their report to the Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage in June 2010. The Ministry is now working with the Film Commission and other agencies to advise Ministers on an appropriate government response. This will recommend action to strengthen the work of the Commission and address issues that have implications for the wider film sector.

The Ministry completed a review of Creative New Zealand’s governance structure which resulted in a decision to replace the Arts Council and three funding bodies with a 13-member board. Legislation was drafted and introduced to Parliament.

The Ministry also completed a review of the Historic Places Act. This recommended changing the governance of the New Zealand Historic Places Trust to reflect its evolution from a largely volunteer agency to a government-funded Crown entity. The review also proposed streamlining the Act’s archaeological authority process and aligning it more closely with the resource consent process in the Resource Management Act. Cabinet approved the proposed amendments, which are to be introduced to Parliament in the second half of 2010.

The Television New Zealand Amendment Bill, which replaces TVNZ’s Charter with more general statutory functions, was introduced to Parliament in December 2009. The bill also proposes better access to ‘orphaned works’ languishing in TVNZ’s archive, with a payment scheme for rights holders removing the need to negotiate a fee with each individual involved in a production prior to re-screening. Ministry officials have been appointed as advisers to the Select Committee on the bill, which is required to report back to Parliament by 29 October.

Cultural philanthropy

The Ministry completed the first comprehensive study into levels of giving and sponsorship for arts and heritage organisations in New Zealand. The research report, Giving and Sponsorship, provides baseline data that will inform future policy developmenton the sustainability of the cultural sector. Alongside this work, the Ministry supported the members of the Minister’s Cultural Philanthropy Taskforce that is responsible for advising on incentives for increased charitable giving to arts and heritage organisations.

Working with cultural sector agencies

The Ministry worked with Ministers to secure additional funds from the New Zealand Lottery Grants Board for Creative New Zealand, the New Zealand Film Commission, SPARC and the New Zealand Film Archive. This provided the opportunity to reallocate some Vote funding, and the Ministry advised the Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage on a one-off reprioritisation of funds to the essential maintenance of heritage buildings and preservation of New Zealand films.

In January 2010 the Ministry’s website was merged with the Eventfinder website, creating a single easy-to-use site for information about cultural events and attractions. The merger has been well received by the cultural sector. Cultural organisations now enter their events information in one place, and the information is distributed through numerous outlets in syndicated form. The Ministry’s ongoing role is to moderate the content and add richer context to the material.

During the year the Ministry worked with its funded agencies to identify opportunities for shared services and centres of expertise within the sector. With benchmarking data on the back-office services of other government agencies soon to be available, this work is well placed to advance in the current year.

The development of a combined cultural sector statement of intent is a key initiative supporting the Ministry’s priority of providing leadership for the sector. The Ministry achieved its specific goal for 2009/10: the successful development of a ‘cultural sector outcomes framework’ containing outcomes, goals and progress measures. The Ministry is now well positioned to advance work towards a combined statement of intent for the cultural sector.

Ministry operation and capability

Newly established internal processes sped up responses to routine Ministerial-servicing items during 2009/10. The Ministry met or exceeded service performance standards for policy advice and Ministerial servicing, and achieved a significant improvement in formal survey feedback from Ministers.

Redevelopment of the Ministry’s corporate website progressed during the year and is on track to go live in September 2010. The Ministry also reconfigured its corporate ‘look and feel’ to better profile its and the cultural sector’s work, and to support its leadership role in the sector.

The Ministry extended its in-house training programme to support its Māori Engagement Plan and its sector leadership objectives.

A new Electronic Document and Records Management System was successfully planned, piloted and rolled out to all Ministry staff. This was an important advance in ensuring better information and records management, productivity enhancement and compliance with the Public Records Act.

Updated on 23rd July 2015