Improving Cultural Asset Sustainability (strategic priority linked to Ministry for Culture and Heritage work programme)

New Zealand
Ministry for Culture and Heritage
Key objectives of the measure:

New Zealand's cultural activity is sustained by an infrastructure of tangible and intangible cultural assets built over time. With static or declining baselines for public funding, the Ministry, cultural agencies, iwi and local government are working together to plan and prioritise development and to increase revenue from non-government sources. Success will require the development and maintenance of new partnerships and identification of smarter ways of operating.


By 2018 the Ministry intends there to be greater clarity on the most valuable cultural assets and priorities for investing in cultural infrastructure (tangible and intangible) over time within available resources.

Scope of the measure:
Local, Regional, National
Nature of the measure:
Main feature of the measure:

The priority has been incorporated as a theme in the Ministry for Culture and Heritage's work programme and those of our relevant agencies.  The Ministry has a number of initiatives that relate to the shared outcome of improving cultural asset sustainability. These include:

  • monitoring cultural agencies: providing advice to Ministers on the performance and financial strength of key cultural sector agencies
  • supporting cultural agencies: improving funded agencies' strategic planning and performance reporting frameworks through collaboration and support
  • cultural philanthropy: conducting research and provide advice on opportunities to augment public spending, in particular through philanthropy, informed by research findings
  • supporting the Canterbury recovery: supporting the recovery from the Canterbury earthquakes by contributing to a range of cultural initiatives in greater Christchurch, and progressing two recovery programmes
  • conservation of significant heritage: providing advice on significant heritage assets, including support for earthquake strengthening of heritage buildings
  • review of museums strategy: reviewing the Government's museums investment strategy and performing a stocktake of current funding models and strategic outcomes for the sector
  • co-ordination across the sector: facilitating appropriate engagement with government agencies working across heritage issues, including bringing groups of key agencies working together.


The purpose of the Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Act 2014 is to promote the identification, protection, preservation and conservation of the historical and cultural heritage of New Zealand.

Results expected through the implementation of the measure:
  • proportion of sector funding obtained from other sources
  • equity levels of New Zealand's largest cultural institutions
  • household expenditure (real) on cultural products and services
  • arts and recreation businesses net ‘births’.
Financial resources allocated to implement the measure:

Unable to determine

Goal(s) of UNESCO's 2005 Convention
Cultural Domain(s)