Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage
The Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage is a minister in the government of New Zealand with responsibility for arts, culture, heritage, and broadcasting, and is in charge of the Ministry for Culture and Heritage. The position was established in 1975 as Minister for the Arts.
|Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage|
|Ministry for Culture and Heritage|
|Reports to||Prime Minister of New Zealand|
|Appointer||Governor-General of New Zealand|
|Term length||At Her Majesty's pleasure|
|Precursor||Minister for Culture and Heritage; Minister for Cultural Affairs; Minister for Arts and Culture; Minister for the Arts|
|Formation||12 December 1975|
|First holder||Allan Highet|
The Third National Government of New Zealand established a ministerial portfolio with responsibility for the arts at its election in 1975. This reflected a growing interest of the Government in the cultural sector. The name of the portfolio changed to "Minister for Arts and Culture" in 1987. During this period, the portfolio was serviced by the Department of Internal Affairs.
A separate portfolio, Minister responsible for the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, was established in 1987. This was held first by Jonathan Hunt (24 August 1987—9 February 1990) and subsequently by Margaret Austin (also the Minister for Arts and Culture; 9 February 1990—2 November 1990) before being subsumed back into the responsibilities of the Minister for Arts and Culture.
A standalone agency, the Ministry for Cultural Affairs, was established by the Fourth National Government in 1991, which necessitated the change of title to "Minister for Cultural Affairs." With the creation of the Ministry for Culture and Heritage in 1999, which brought together cultural and heritage responsibilities in the same agency, the portfolio title changed to match its department. The present name was adopted in November 1999 at the election of the Fifth Labour Government.
List of Ministers
|No.||Name||Portrait||Term of Office||Prime Minister|
|As Minister for the Arts|
|1||Allan Highet||12 December 1975||26 July 1984||Muldoon|
|2||Peter Tapsell||26 July 1984||24 August 1987||Lange|
|As Minister for Arts and Culture|
|3||Michael Bassett||24 August 1987||9 February 1990||Lange|
|4||Margaret Austin||9 February 1990||2 November 1990|
|5||Doug Graham||2 November 1990||3 October 1991||Bolger|
|As Minister for Cultural Affairs|
|(5)||Doug Graham||3 October 1991||16 December 1996||Bolger|
|6||Christine Fletcher||16 December 1996||12 September 1997|
|7||Simon Upton||12 September 1997||31 August 1998|
|8||Marie Hasler||31 August 1998||1 September 1999|
|As Minister for Culture and Heritage|
|(8)||Marie Hasler||1 September 1999||27 November 1999||Shipley|
|As Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage|
|9||Helen Clark||27 November 1999||19 November 2008||Clark|
|10||Chris Finlayson||19 November 2008||8 October 2014||Key|
|11||Maggie Barry||8 October 2014||26 October 2017|
|12||Jacinda Ardern||26 October 2017||Incumbent||Ardern|
List of Associate Ministers
|No.||Name||Portrait||Term of Office||No.||Name||Portrait||Term of Office||Prime Minister|
|Associate Minister of Arts, Culture and Heritage||Associate Minister of Arts, Culture and Heritage||Ardern|
|1||Grant Robertson||26 October 2017||Incumbent||1||Carmel Sepuloni||26 October 2017||Incumbent|
- "Parliamentary Salaries and Allowances Determination 2016" (PDF). Parliament.nz. Retrieved 28 February 2017.
- "Ministerial List". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Retrieved 26 October 2017.
- "History of Government involvement in culture". Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 26 February 2017.
- G.A. Wood (ed.). Ministers and Members in the New Zealand Parliament (2nd ed.). Dunedin: University of Otago Press. pp. 68–76.
- "Our Ministers | Ministry for Culture and Heritage". mch.govt.nz. Retrieved 28 June 2018.