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Driftwood Eco Tours on community, loyalty and culture
28 Nov 2022  

Driftwood Eco Tours on community, loyalty and culture

“New Zealand needs to be a premium destination,” says the Marlborough operator.


Tauranga waterfront lights up for summer
11 Nov 2022  

Tauranga waterfront lights up for summer

Tauranga’s waterfront is awash with lights and colour as part of a new art and sculpture installation in the city centre.


Applications open for $300k creative, cultural events fund
2 Nov 2022   /

Applications open for $300k creative, cultural events fund

Up to $300,000 for the Creative and Cultural Events Incubator investment fund will support events that highlight New Zealand’s diverse culture and build national pride.


Historic battle site reopens after $1.8m restoration
17 Oct 2022   /

Historic battle site reopens after $1.8m restoration

Historic battle site Te Pakanga o Ōhaeawai near Kaikohe in Northland has opened to the public after a $1.79m restoration project.


Māori cultural performances return to Auckland Museum
6 Oct 2022   /

Māori cultural performances return to Auckland Museum

Māori cultural performances are back at Auckland War Memorial Museum after being suspended due to Covid.


Govt funds 39 arts, culture, heritage projects
4 Oct 2022   /

Govt funds 39 arts, culture, heritage projects

The projects include a digital storytelling app for the Russell Museum, e-commerce functionality for local art galleries, and a 3D virtual exhibition for the Tairawhiti Arts Festival.


Te Papa splashes $627k at BNZ art sale
19 Sep 2022   /

Te Papa splashes $627k at BNZ art sale

Te Papa has spent $627,000 on the acquisition of two paintings by New Zealand artists from the Bank of New Zealand’s art collection.


Waitangi Treaty Grounds development showcased
1 Sep 2022  

Waitangi Treaty Grounds development showcased

Te Kōngahu Museum of Waitangi is opening its upstairs exhibitions gallery for a look inside the history of building and maintenance works at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds since 1934.


Museum partnership supports local arts
12 Aug 2022   /

Museum partnership supports local arts

Whanganui Regional Museum is partnering with the Blumhardt Foundation in an effort to support public art galleries and museums in their acquisition of work by contemporary New Zealand craft practitioners.


Interactive kiosk to highlight history
10 Aug 2022   /

Interactive kiosk to highlight history

A new kiosk and etching in Tauranga’s Wharf Street Upgrade in Te Papa will showcase the history of the city as part of an interactive audio and video experience.


Māori cultural attraction proposed for Tauranga
28 Jul 2022   /

Māori cultural attraction proposed for Tauranga

A plan to transform a Tauranga reserve into a cultural and historic centre would provide a visitor experience around Māori life, including the 1864 battle of Gate Pā Pukehinahina.


New fund to support arts, culture and heritage
28 Jul 2022   /

New fund to support arts, culture and heritage

The Cultural Sector Regeneration Fund is designed to support strategic, sector-led initiatives that will have lasting benefits for arts, culture, and heritage.


Mt Maunganui to close for cultural installations
15 Jul 2022   /

Mt Maunganui to close for cultural installations

Sections of Tauranga’s Mt Maunganui Mauao will be closed to the public next week as works get underway to place new wayfinding signage and cultural touchpoints across the mountain.


Wellington promo, culture spend nears $60m
13 Jul 2022  

Wellington promo, culture spend nears $60m

Wellington City Council says its city promotions and business support costs the capital’s residents $35.3m every year, with arts and cultural activities costing an additional $24.5m.


New operator creates ‘Unforgettable Fun’ for visitors
8 Jul 2022   /

New operator creates ‘Unforgettable Fun’ for visitors

With a focus on having a laugh, a new venture aims to leave guests smiling.


Edgewater weaves te reo into guest amenities
29 Jun 2022  

Edgewater weaves te reo into guest amenities

Edgewater Hotel at Wānaka is weaving te reo Māori into guest bathroom amenities to include more heritage and culture into its visitor experience.


Matariki stars align in new era for Māori tourism
23 Jun 2022   /

Matariki stars align in new era for Māori tourism

The new public holiday is an opportunity for Māori operators to tell their stories to the world.


Waitangi, Te Matatini, museums share $18m funding boost
1 Jun 2022   /

Waitangi, Te Matatini, museums share $18m funding boost

The Waitangi National Trust Board has been granted $3m to keep its grounds open to the public.


Budget 2022: Matariki gets slice of $185m culture funding
20 May 2022   /

Budget 2022: Matariki gets slice of $185m culture funding

Budget 2022 has allocated more than $185m to support the country’s cultural sector.


Historic Tauranga battle site upgrades underway
20 May 2022   /

Historic Tauranga battle site upgrades underway

A Tauranga reserve commemorating the 1864 Battle of Re Ranga is being upgraded to create a place of remembrance and storytelling.


$20m arts, culture support saves hundreds of businesses, jobs – Sepuloni
13 May 2022   /

$20m arts, culture support saves hundreds of businesses, jobs – Sepuloni

The government’s Arts and Culture Covid Recovery Programme has paid out more than $20m to arts and culture events that were cancelled or suffered a loss of income due to Covid.


Rangiriri pā secures $3m from PGF
27 Apr 2022   /

Rangiriri pā secures $3m from PGF

The government has invested $2.97m into a complete rebuild of the Waikato Rangiriri Pa Trenches complex.


Te Puia NZMACI carving gifted to Singapore
26 Apr 2022  

Te Puia NZMACI carving gifted to Singapore

A Māori kūwaha carving created within Te Puia’s New Zealand’s Māori Arts and Crafts Institute now sits within Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay.


Te Matatini celebrates 50 years of kapa haka
19 Apr 2022   /

Te Matatini celebrates 50 years of kapa haka

Kapa haka festival Te Matatini is celebrating 50 years of the best of Māori performing arts and kaihaka.


Regions to benefit from arts funding
4 Mar 2022   /

Regions to benefit from arts funding

Twenty-seven arts, culture and heritage projects across the Taranaki, Bay of Plenty and Manawatū regions will benefit from the latest round of Te Urungi: Innovating Aotearoa culture sector funding, says Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Carmel Sepuloni.


New tourism assets transforming Northland into cultural destination
3 Mar 2022   /

New tourism assets transforming Northland into cultural destination

The region can become a major showcase for NZ culture, says Northland Inc’s Tania Burt.


Whale Tales art trail launches on street and online
22 Feb 2022   /

Whale Tales art trail launches on street and online

The Whale Tales 2022 public art trail has launched in Auckland both in public spaces and as a virtual, interactive trail.


$33m Hundertwasser Art Centre opens
21 Feb 2022   /

$33m Hundertwasser Art Centre opens

The $33.2m Hundertwasser Art Centre and Wairau Māori Art Gallery opened doors in Whangarei on Sunday.


Historic theatre, museum gets backer, targets 2022 opening
21 Feb 2022  

Historic theatre, museum gets backer, targets 2022 opening

New Zealand’s longest operating provincial movie theatre until its closure in 2012 is getting a chance at resurrection.


“Like nothing you’ve ever experienced” – Hundertwasser centre’s CEO on opening
17 Feb 2022   /

“Like nothing you’ve ever experienced” – Hundertwasser centre’s CEO on opening

The new Northland attraction will still open this weekend despite the Omicron wave.


Aotearoa Art Fair rescheduled
15 Feb 2022   /

Aotearoa Art Fair rescheduled

The Aotearoa Art Fair at The Cloud in Auckland has been moved to a new date, 16-20 November 2022.


Pasifika Festival cancelled, modified version possible later
14 Feb 2022   /

Pasifika Festival cancelled, modified version possible later

The 2022 Pasifika Festival scheduled for Auckland at Western Springs Park on 18-20 March has been cancelled.


LOTR costume trail celebrates 20 years of film
9 Feb 2022  

LOTR costume trail celebrates 20 years of film

Costumes from The Lord of the Rings film trilogies will be displayed across Wellington as the franchise celebrates its 20-year anniversary.


Govt injects $120m into arts and culture events
2 Feb 2022   / /

Govt injects $120m into arts and culture events

The government will provide more support for events through expanding the amount of money and eligibility timeframes for key funding schemes.


New $290m archive to attract educational visits
1 Feb 2022  

New $290m archive to attract educational visits

Construction has started on a new $290m archive repository in Wellington expected to attract educational visits from those seeking to connect with New Zealand stories and heritage.


Art Deco Festival in red revamp, as Covid bites second time
31 Jan 2022   /

Art Deco Festival in red revamp, as Covid bites second time

Learning lessons from last year, organisers are creating a range of new events that can be held at the red traffic light setting.


Whale Tales art trail comes to Auckland
21 Jan 2022   /

Whale Tales art trail comes to Auckland

The Whale Tales 2022 public art trail will launch in Auckland next week, partly to publicise endangered Bryde’s whales in the Hauraki Gulf.


Capital wants you to put ‘i’ in Wellington
20 Jan 2022   /

Capital wants you to put ‘i’ in Wellington

A new sculpture commissioned by WellingtonNZ for the waterfront will pose a new photo opportunity to attract visitors to the city.


Coastal Arts Trail,  Quirky Campers NZ launch Gallery-Camper
18 Jan 2022   /

Coastal Arts Trail, Quirky Campers NZ launch Gallery-Camper

The Coastal Arts Trail has teamed up with Quirky Campers NZ to launch a new art-immersive campervan.


Te Papa visitor numbers fall again as borders stay shut
8 Dec 2021   /

Te Papa visitor numbers fall again as borders stay shut

Visits to The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa reached 894,292 in the year to June 2021, down 18.7% from 1.1 million in the previous 12 months.


Waitangi Treaty Grounds aims for larger profile as NZ evolves
7 Dec 2021   /

Waitangi Treaty Grounds aims for larger profile as NZ evolves

Waitangi Treaty Grounds occupies a unique space in the nation’s psyche and its profile as a tourism destination is slowly changing.


Auckland Museum, Hotel Britomart win architecture awards
3 Dec 2021  

Auckland Museum, Hotel Britomart win architecture awards

Auckland Museum, The Hotel Britomart, Gisborne Airport and Christchurch Town Hall are among winners at this year’s annual New Zealand Architecture Awards.


Te Papa, Whanganui Museum mandate vaccination
23 Nov 2021   /

Te Papa, Whanganui Museum mandate vaccination

More attractions require visitors and staff be fully vaccinated against Covid.


NZ Tourism Awards: MDA revisits past with eye on future
23 Nov 2021  

NZ Tourism Awards: MDA revisits past with eye on future

With the international market drying up, tourism and event company MDA Experiences decided to go back to it roots as a community driven operator.


Auckland attractions ready to open at alert level 3.2
8 Nov 2021   / /

Auckland attractions ready to open at alert level 3.2

Auckland Museum will join other attractions and open if the city moves to Covid-19 alert level 3 step 2.


Te Pae installs 1-ton artwork ahead of December opening
4 Nov 2021   /

Te Pae installs 1-ton artwork ahead of December opening

Te Pae convention centre in Christchurch is installing a major piece of artwork ahead of an expected opening before Christmas.


NZ Fashion Week set to hit runways in Feb
4 Nov 2021  

NZ Fashion Week set to hit runways in Feb

New Zealand Fashion Week in Auckland will be held from 7 – 13 February 2022 following an earlier postponement due to Covid.


‘Bowed’ moa on display at DOC visitor centre
3 Nov 2021  

‘Bowed’ moa on display at DOC visitor centre

A complete moa skeleton in an unfamiliar pose is now on display at the Kauaeranga Visitor Centre in the Coromandel.


Auckland will never walk alone with inaugural Opera on the Harbour
27 Oct 2021   /

Auckland will never walk alone with inaugural Opera on the Harbour

An open-air opera event will be held on the Auckland waterfront on 11 – 14 February 2022.


Auckland Museum seeks submissions on draft plan
26 Oct 2021  

Auckland Museum seeks submissions on draft plan

Auckland Museum is asking for feedback on its Draft Annual Plan for the fiscal year to end-June 2023.