Fostering Inclusive New Zealand Identity (strategic priority linked to Ministry for Culture and Heritage work programme)

Ministry for Culture and Heritage
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The priority of Fostering Inclusive New Zealand Identity was introduced in the Ministry for Culture and Heritage's Cultural Sector Strategic Framework, which was adopted in 2014.


New Zealand's demographic profile is changing in terms of age, ethnicity and location. There is a new sense emerging of what it is to be a New Zealander, how we see ourselves, and how we present to others as an attractive place to live, work and visit. The Ministry for Culture and Heritage is working with other departments and cultural agencies to support examination and expression of what it means to be a New Zealander and to foster an inclusive New Zealand.


 By 2018 the Ministry wants New Zealanders to have a strong shared sense of attachment to New Zealand, value diversity, and actively participate in our cultural life and democracy; and the Ministry wants New Zealand identity to be strong globally.

Périmètre de la mesure:
Local, Regional, National
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Principale caractéristique de la mesure:

This 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 Fostering Inclusive New Zealand Identity. These include:

  • advice on nationhood and identity: providing advice on policy, legislation and funding to enhance the development of services and activities, including arts, heritage, taonga and media; supporting cross-government work on civics and nationhood
  • supporting New Zealand's commemorations programme including the First World War centenary, the 250th anniversary of Capt. James Cook’s landing in New Zealand, the 125th anniversary of women's suffrage
  • creating distinctive national destinations
  • governance and management of Pukeahu National War Memorial Park
  • delivering a business case exploring the options for provision of military heritage in New Zealand
  • producing and promoting significant cultural information, using a range of media, including digital and print projects aligned with the commemorations programme
  • working with other agencies on the process and implications of any change to the New Zealand flag
  • protection of significant heritage: managing the maintenance of war graves in New Zealand and abroad and administering legislation to protect symbols of nationhood and movable and found heritage.


Other relevant Government initiatives include those led by the following government agencies:

Creative New Zealand is the national body for the arts. It aims to support the arts in New Zealand for the benefit of all New Zealanders.

Te Puni Kōkiri (TPK) is the principal adviser on Government-Māori relationships and monitors policy and legislation in this area.

The Ministry for Pacific Peoples advises government on achieving better outcomes for Pacific peoples in New Zealand. Its advice is informed by its relationships with New Zealand’s Pacific peoples.

The Office of Ethnic Communities works to promote the benefits of ethnic diversity to develop prosperity for every New Zealander.

Résultats attendus de la mise en œuvre de la mesure:
  • sense of belonging to New Zealand
  • ease of expressing identity in New Zealand
  • positive global perceptions of New Zealand
  • New Zealanders who report active participation in arts and culture
  • New Zealanders who report active participation in sport and recreation
  • participation in Māori cultural activities.
Ressources financières allouées à la mise en œuvre de la mesure:

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