We also recognise the growing importance of the sector to the economy. Arts and culture were together worth more than $3.8 billion in 2016, providing 41,000 jobs.

We value the role theatres, art galleries and museums play in our communities and the importance of heritage buildings to the character and identity of our towns and cities.

We understand the importance of our history to our sense of nationhood and identity as New Zealanders, and we are ensuring we celebrate that history and share those stories.

And we’re backing our arts sector to continue producing world-class work through greater funding for the sector.