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New Reports Focus on Cultural Sector

Cultural sector reports:

22 June 2005

New Reports Focus on Cultural Sector

The rapid growth and diversity of the cultural sector in New Zealand are highlighted in two new reports on employment and government spending within the sector. Employment in the Cultural Sector and Government Spending on Culture were jointly published today by Statistics New Zealand and the Ministry for Culture and Heritage, and will be launched this afternoon by the Rt Hon Helen Clark, Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage.

The reports are expected to make a significant contribution to the growing body of information produced over the last 10 years under the cultural statistics programme. Government Statistician Brian Pink said, “It is important that we are able to provide a clear measure of both spending and participation in what is a diverse and growing sector." More than 103,000 people worked in paid employment in the cultural sector in 2001, representing one in every 17 workers.

The median annual income of people employed full-time in cultural occupations was $32,000, which was $400 less than the median income for all people employed. However, those employed part-time in cultural occupations earned $1,600 more than all people employed part-time ($13,000 and $11,400, respectively).

On average, the cultural sector was responsible for 3.1 percent of the annual contribution by industry to Gross Domestic Product between 1997 and 2001. Inflation-adjusted government expenditure on culture for the five-year period 1999–2004 totalled $4,107 million, excluding GST. Employment in the Cultural Sector and Government Spending on Culture can be downloaded from Statistics New Zealand’s website ( or viewed at major public libraries.

Ian Ewing

Acting Government Statistician


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