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What are your party’s Arts, Culture and Heritage and Broadcasting policies?


The arts and creative sectors are vitally important to the New Zealand economy, which contributes nearly $11 billion a year to GDP, employs 90,000 people and supports the wellbeing of our communities.

However, our arts sector has been deeply impacted by COVID-19. We’re committed to protecting cultural sector jobs and creating new employment opportunities, building skills, knowledge and resilience, protecting Māori knowledge and art forms, and helping the sector rebuild from COVID-19.

In this year’s Rebuilding Together Budget, we committed $175 million to support the arts and cultural sector through COVID-19. We’re funding the Careers Support for Creative Jobseekers to support artists and creatives back into sustainable work, the Creative Arts Recovery and Employment Fund to support the rebuild of the creative industries by commissioning and supporting creative projects at a national and local level, and the Cultural Innovation Fund to support new ways of operating, cross-sector partnerships, and create new ways to add value to the economy, particularly through digital exports.

NZ First

I’m (Jenny Marcroft) not able to share our policy at this stage as NZ First is yet to announce our policy for Election 2020. However I can say that  broadly we are supportive of a strengthened public media with a particular focus on public good journalism. We are committed to the arts, our culture and heritage with an intent to make art accessible for all New Zealanders to enrich people’s lives and become a legacy for future generations.

We are seeing big shifts created by digital media and revenue shifting.  The implications for the future remains uncertain.  – What we are witnessing with our mainstream media outlets is the perfect example.
Governments have been, and will continue to, wrestle with what is the right policy response.  We are still in the early stages of that debate.

As a rule of thumb NZ First sees several important trends emerging:

  • A greater role for the state to support the media in general.  We accept that the old model is not viable.
  • As a consequence a greater value being added to our “own” content.
  • New policy and regulation measures to protect ourselves from the big offshore media giants will have to be seriously evolved over the future few years.


National supports a vibrant and dynamic Arts, Culture and Heritage sector and believes in a plurality of voices in our media sector and wants to ensure we look at the broader picture of how the world is changing in its consumption of content across all distribution mediums from your iPad to your letterbox.

We believe that showcasing both our history and contemporary culture is vital through all mediums and see broadcasting as one of the strongest platforms to express the stories of Aotearoa New Zealand.

We acknowledge the incredibly important part creative industries make to our economy in Aotearoa New Zealand. We believe it is very important to encourage New Zealanders to recognise the incredible value the creative sector contributes to New Zealand’s unique and exciting way of life in our world.

We also thank Members of the sector who engaged in the National Party Arts, Culture and Heritage Sector survey and the thousands of New Zealanders and stakeholders who have taken the time to engage with us as we formulate our wider plans for the sector.


All Green Party policies are developed and ratified by the party’s membership, and available online: We will also be publishing a policy manifesto soon, setting out our current policy priorities. This will be on our website.
Our Arts, Culture, and Heritage policy sets out six principles and then goes into much more detail about how to achieve them. The principles are:

  1. Society should facilitate widespread participation in and affordable access to the arts and cultural heritage.
  2. Public funding of the arts and cultural heritage (including heritage resourcing and development) must be transparent and sustainable.
  3. Those involved in delivery and development of the arts and cultural heritage must be involved and have a say in development of guidelines for funding.
  4. Local communities must be given the ability to protect places and buildings and heritage collections that are important to them historically and culturally.
  5. Society should appreciate the unique taonga of toi o Māori and the contribution it makes to the identity of Aotearoa New Zealand.
  6. The Crown has a responsibility to ensure the protection of taonga, including Māori arts and culture, and must support and contribute to the revitalisation of toi Māori, tikanga Māori and te reo Māori.

After the election, we will be updating our Arts, Culture, and Heritage policy in partnership with the sector.
Similarly, the Green Party’s broadcasting policy sets out eight principles and then goes into detail about ways to support and fund local, community, and Māori content. The principles are:

  1. The Green Party will work to honour Te Tiriti obligations in broadcasting especially in terms of Te Reo, Māori Television and Iwi radio.
  2. Citizens need timely and accurate information about their rights and responsibilities, knowledge of our political institutions, and an appreciation of each others’ needs, interests and aspirations. This information must be universally and freely available through broadcast and digital media.
  3. The media should inform, educate and entertain in a manner that supports citizens to participate effectively in democracy.
  4. People of all abilities should be able to easily access media content over a variety of platforms.
  5. A vigorous, independent and diverse media is the cornerstone of a free society: the media are none of these things if they are predominantly controlled by the state, or owned and controlled by international media conglomerates, or dominated by local commercial monopolies.
  6. The media wield significant social, cultural and economic power, which must be used responsibly. An independent media should be responsibly self-regulating, although self-regulation does not imply an absence of regulation; it must rest on the foundation of a strong regulatory framework that reinforces responsible self-management.
  7. There is no place for gratuitous violence on free-to-air television.
  8. Non-violent resolution of political and social conflict is based on knowledge, acceptance and understanding of diverse communities, and of their needs, interests and aspirations.

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We do not have a particular policy for Arts’ Culture and Heritage. What our policy does is brings three x billion dollar industries to the table which will fill the government coffers with taxes enabling more money for the important things of life that bring a sense of belonging along with emotional and intellectual  pleasure to our society as well as creating jobs in this industry.


The Māori Party policies we have released & those to be released, can/will be found here:


TOP want to give everyone the opportunity to achieve their potential.

Our key policies in this respect are:

  • Reducing the cost of housing and transport (which are the main drivers of the cost of living) and
  • A Universal Basic Income of $250 per week ($13,000 per year) for everyone, no questions asked. This would help all creative people kickstart their careers.

Our education policy is also all about moving away from assessment of knowledge and towards teaching soft skills like communication and creativity.

See this link to read all of the questions and answers on the NZWG website


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