Our work is as diverse as the sector we support. We research New Zealand and provide rich online resources like Te Ara — the Encyclopedia of New Zealand. We produce books, advise government and look after New Zealand's national treasures. We tend to work behind the scenes, helping the people and organisations that contribute to making our culture thrive.
Discover, experience and enjoy the places that have shaped New Zealand and created our stories. Whether you’re a New Zealander or a visitor, you can gain a deeper understanding of who we were and who we are today by visiting Tohu Whenua sites.
We're involved in a wide range of projects, all aimed at enhancing New Zealand's rich and diverse culture and heritage. Learn more about our current projects.
Agency boards & nominations
Interested in serving on a Crown Arts, Heritage, Broadcasting or Sport board? The Ministry supports Ministers in appointments to around 15 Crown entity and other Crown organisations in our sector.
Websites we run
We produce a number of websites bringing New Zealand's culture and heritage online.
Te Tai Treaty Settlement Stories
Check out the Ministry's Te Tai Whakaea Treaty Settlement Stories (Te Tai) which seeks to collect, preserve and share the broad & multi-faceted history of Treaty settlements.