Ministry for Culture and Heritage

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Ministry for Culture and Heritage
Manatū Taonga
MCH-logo.png
Agency overview
Formed 1 September 1999
Preceding agency
  • Ministry of Cultural Affairs
Jurisdiction New Zealand
Headquarters Public Trust Building
131–135 Lambton Quay
Wellington 6011
Annual budget Total budgets for 2016/17[1]
Vote Arts, Culture and Heritage
$296,252,000
Vote Sport and Recreation
$89,195,000
Minister responsible
Agency executive
  • Paul James
    Chief Executive
Website www.mch.govt.nz

The Ministry for Culture and Heritage (MCH) (Māori: Manatū Taonga) is the public service department of New Zealand charged with advising the government on policies and issues involving the arts, culture, heritage, sport and recreation, and broadcasting sectors, and participating in functions that advance or promote those sectors.

History

The Ministry was founded in 1999 with the merger of the former Ministry of Cultural Affairs and the history and heritage functions of the Department of Internal Affairs, as well as some functions from the Department of Conservation and Ministry of Commerce.[2][3] The purpose of the merger of functions and departments was to create a coherent, non-fragmented overview of the cultural and heritage sector, rather than spreading services and functions across several departments.[3]

Minister for Cultural Affairs Marie Hasler oversaw the transition of functions into the new agency.[3] Opposition Labour MP Judith Tizard, who would later serve as an Associate Minister for the ministry in the Fifth Labour Government of New Zealand, accused the restructure of being "all hype, no substance," lacking the funding and human resource necessary to be effective.[4]

The Ministry of Cultural Affairs had been created in 1991; prior to this, the Department of Internal Affairs had provided oversight and support for arts and culture functions.[2]

At the time of its establishment, the responsible minister for the ministry was the Minister for Culture and Heritage. This position is now titled the Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage.

Functions

The ministry advises the government on policies and issues relating to the arts, culture, heritage, sport and recreation, and broadcasting sectors. It funds 17 other agencies which also support these sectors,[5] looks after monuments and war graves throughout New Zealand and is involved in a number of projects promoting and documenting New Zealand history.[6]

Crown entities

History and heritage

The ministry supports research into and promotion of New Zealand history. This includes publication in New Zealand history books and e-books, and on a number of websites. The ministry's managed sites include:[7]

David Green, a historian working for the ministry, discovered that significantly more New Zealand personnel were engaged in the Gallipoli Campaign than had been recorded in Fred Waite's official history, The New Zealanders at Gallipoli. Waite's number of some 8,500 men was corrected to approximately 13,000 in September 2013.[8]

Legislation

The ministry is also responsible for overseeing dozens of current acts and regulations.[9] These include:

Ministers

The ministry serves two portfolios and two ministers.[27]

Officeholder Portfolio(s) Other responsibilities
Hon Maggie Barry Lead Minister (Ministry for Culture and Heritage)
Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage
Hon Dr Jonathan Coleman Minister for Sport and Recreation

See also

References

  1. ^ "Total Appropriations for Each Vote". 2016 Budget. The Treasury. 
  2. ^ a b "History of Government involvement in culture". Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 26 February 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c Marie Hasler (28 July 1999). "Cultural and Heritage sector – some relevant questions and answers" (Press release). Retrieved 26 February 2017. 
  4. ^ Judith Tizard (28 July 1999). "All hype, no substance" (Press release). Retrieved 26 February 2017. 
  5. ^ "Agencies we fund". Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 26 February 2017. 
  6. ^ "Our projects". Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 26 February 2017. 
  7. ^ "Websites we run". Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 26 February 2017. 
  8. ^ "New research: How many New Zealanders served on Gallipoli?". New Zealand Defence Force. 3 September 2013. Retrieved 10 December 2013. 
  9. ^ "Search – New Zealand Legislation". legislation.govt.nz. 2011. Retrieved 30 October 2011. 
  10. ^ "Canterbury Earthquake (Historic Places Act) Order 2011 (SR 2011/231) – New Zealand Legislation". legislation.govt.nz. 2011. Retrieved 30 October 2011. 
  11. ^ "Television New Zealand (Separation of Transmission Business) Order 2003 (SR 2003/323) (as at 21 November 2003) – New Zealand Legislation". legislation.govt.nz. 2011. Retrieved 30 October 2011. 
  12. ^ "Historic Places Trust Elections Regulations 1993 (SR 1993/302) (as at 31 January 2007) – New Zealand Legislation". legislation.govt.nz. 2011. Retrieved 30 October 2011. 
  13. ^ "Broadcasting Act 1989 No 25 (as at 01 July 2011), Public Act – New Zealand Legislation". legislation.govt.nz. 2011. Retrieved 30 October 2011. 
  14. ^ "Television New Zealand Act 2003 No 1 (as at 23 July 2011), Public Act – New Zealand Legislation". legislation.govt.nz. 2011. Retrieved 30 October 2011. 
  15. ^ "Protected Objects Act 1975 No 41 (as at 01 April 2011), Public Act – New Zealand Legislation". legislation.govt.nz. 2011. Retrieved 30 October 2011. 
  16. ^ "Historic Places Act 1993 No 38 (as at 01 April 2011), Public Act – New Zealand Legislation". legislation.govt.nz. 2011. Retrieved 30 October 2011. 
  17. ^ "National War Memorial Act 1992 No 20 (as at 01 October 2000), Public Act – New Zealand Legislation". legislation.govt.nz. 2011. Retrieved 30 October 2011. 
  18. ^ "Radio New Zealand Act 1995 No 52 (as at 25 January 2005), Public Act – New Zealand Legislation". legislation.govt.nz. 2011. Retrieved 30 October 2011. 
  19. ^ "Anzac Day Act 1966 No 44 (as at 01 April 2004), Public Act – New Zealand Legislation". legislation.govt.nz. 2011. Retrieved 30 October 2011. 
  20. ^ a b "New Zealand Film Commission Act 1978 No 61 (as at 25 January 2005), Public Act – New Zealand Legislation". legislation.govt.nz. 2011. Retrieved 30 October 2011. 
  21. ^ "Flags, Emblems, and Names Protection Act 1981 No 47 (as at 07 July 2010), Public Act – New Zealand Legislation". legislation.govt.nz. 2011. Retrieved 30 October 2011. 
  22. ^ "Archives, Culture, and Heritage Reform Act 2000 No 32 (as at 01 November 2006), Public Act – New Zealand Legislation". legislation.govt.nz. 2011. Retrieved 30 October 2011. 
  23. ^ "Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa Act 1992 No 19 (as at 25 January 2005), Public Act – New Zealand Legislation". legislation.govt.nz. 2011. Retrieved 30 October 2011. 
  24. ^ "Arts Council of New Zealand Toi Aotearoa Act 1994 No 19 (as at 01 January 2009), Public Act – New Zealand Legislation". legislation.govt.nz. 2011. Retrieved 30 October 2011. 
  25. ^ "Port Nicholson Block (Taranaki Whānui ki Te Upoko o Te Ika) Claims Settlement Act 2009 No 26, Public Act – New Zealand Legislation". legislation.govt.nz. 2011. Retrieved 30 October 2011. 
  26. ^ "Ngaa Rauru Kiitahi Claims Settlement Act 2005 No 84 (as at 23 May 2008), Public Act – New Zealand Legislation". legislation.govt.nz. 2011. Retrieved 30 October 2011. 
  27. ^ "Ministerial List for Announcement" (PDF). Beehive.govt.nz. October 2014. Retrieved 23 October 2014. 

External links

  • Official website
  • New Zealand History Online
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