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What We Do

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.

Tuia – Encounters 250

In 2019, Aotearoa New Zealand will acknowledge 250 years since the first onshore meetings between Māori and Europeans. Tuia – Encounters 250 (Tuia 250) is the national commemoration that recognises this milestone in our history. A key part of the commemoration is the Tuia 250 Voyage.

Our projects

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.