Arts, Culture and Heritage

New Zealand already generates distinctive, powerful, and beautiful art. However, the continued ability to utilise our capacity for creativity will rest on the support we dedicate to Arts, Culture and Heritage. Through support and recognition, we greatly contribute to both New Zealand’s sense of self and areas of our economy that are often overlooked. Whether it be recognising the fundamental role Māori culture plays in our national identity, or preserving our historic sites and buildings, New Zealand’s arts, culture and heritage must be protected.


  • Guarantee sustainable and transparent funding for the arts
  • Ensure that all New Zealanders have the opportunity to participate and to feel immersed in the arts and culture our country offers through making sure it is accessible
  • Uphold the protection of culturally and historically significant places, buildings and churches. 
  • Promote and facilitate the development of New Zealand’s unique and dynamic arts industry in terms of trade and marketability.
  • Support the protection of intellectual property
  • Introduce a requirement for international streamers like Netflix and other international platforms with significant New Zealand subscriptions to contribute to the New Zealand production industry by commissioning local content production
  • Provide funding to establish a New Zealand Jazz Orchestra
  • Reduce the destructive impact of Building Legislation on New Zealand’s cultural heritage sites through developing a risk assessment approach to provide greater flexibility of compliance than is currently possible
  • Secure the future of the historic Christchurch Arts Centre
  • Provide funding support for Regional Heritage Museums
  • Legislate to gain an equity share of future productions in recognition of either direct subsidies or tax breaks provided to be reinvested into New Zealand’s art and film industry
  • Fund the New Zealand Wars Documentary Collection 
  • Fund specialist curriculum leaders to support schools to deliver on the Arts Curriculum throughout the compulsory school sector
  • Work with local government to support regional art and historical spaces ensuring access to sustainable arts infrastructure