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Budget 2004: Culture and heritage gets new boost

Rt Hon Helen Clark
Prime Minister
Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage

26 May 2004 Media Statement
Budget 2004
Culture and heritage gets new boost

Prime Minister and Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Helen Clark said today that this year’s budget increases government funding for the culture and heritage sector by over $30 million next year.

Major new investments for next year include:
- $10 million per annum for the Film Commission and for the administration of the Large Budget Screen Production Grant. This funding was announced last year.
- $6 million to purchase and landscape land for a National Memorial Park.
- $3 million per annum to NZ on Air to fund television programmes.
- $1.5 million to Creative New Zealand, and similar amounts in subsequent years to enhance the leadership role of major performing arts organisations.
- $1.868 million to Te Papa as a contribution to the refurbishment of its Tory St storage space.

Helen Clark said it was important to continue to invest in New Zealand’s creative sector.

“The Cultural Recovery package, which we launched in May 2000, had a major impact. There is significantly more activity across the creative sector and a new awareness of the role of arts and culture in expressing what is unique about New Zealand.

"There have been and will continue to be considerable economic spin-offs from the investments we have and are continuing to make in the creative sector. It is providing sustainable and rewarding employment, and is contributing to economic growth and prosperity.

“This year’s funding will ensure that the creative sector continues to make a very significant contribution to New Zealand in cultural, economic and social terms," Helen Clark said.

Operating initiatives


Vote Arts, Culture and Heritage

All figures are $m (GST inclusive)

Recipient

Initiative

2003/04

2004/05

2005/06

2006/07

2007/08 & outyears

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Projects to commemorate the 90th anniversary of Anzac Day

0.060

0.800

-

-

-

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Funding for capacity, technology and associated costs of key Ministry projects ~ mostly in respect of the On-line Encyclopedia and including WWII oral histories

-

0.489

0.767

0.967

1.035

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Construction of the New Zealand Memorial in London

0.085

1.555

1.700

-

-

New Zealand Film Commission

Increased funding for the Film Commission and for the administration of the Large Budget Screen Production Grant

0.100

10.000

10.000

10.000

10.000

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Review of Government support for screen production

0.200

0.300

-

-

-

New Zealand Film Archive

Maintenance of film archiving capacity and services

-

0.380

0.380

0.380

0.380

New Zealand Archaeological Association

Contribution to completion of a project to improve the reliability of information on, and upgrade, the New Zealand archaeological site recording scheme

-

0.135

0.225

0.169

-

Waitangi National Trust Board

Contribution to enable the Waitangi National Trust Board to design, and consult with stakeholders on, its proposed building development programme at Waitangi

-

0.200

-

-

-

NZ Film Commission

Creative New Zealand

NZ Film Archive

To maintain funding levels for agencies funded by the New Zealand Lottery Grants Board, as LGB revenue is not expected to recover to previous levels in 2004/05

-

2.896

-

-

-

New Zealand Music Industry Commission

Funding for three years for initiatives to support contemporary music in New Zealand

-

0.600

0.600

0.600

-

Creative New Zealand

To enhance the leadership role of major performing arts organisations

-

1.500

1.588

1.444

2.145

Te Papa

Maintain current level of Te Papa services from 2005/06

-

-

2.640

2.640

2.640

NZ On Air

Maintain television programme hours in the face of increased costs

-

3.000

3.000

3.000

3.000

Radio New Zealand

Expand services and coverage area, and to carry out more audience research

-

1.500

1.080

1.080

1.080

Radio NZ International

Operating costs for a new transmitter and back-up generator

-

-

0.421

0.421

0.421

Total Operating

0.445

23.355

22.401

20.701

20.701

Capital initiatives

Vote Arts, Culture and Heritage

All figures are $m (GST not applicable)

Recipient

Initiative

2003/04

2004/05

2005/06

2006/07

2007/08 & outyears

Radio New Zealand

Purchase of Radio NZ International’s new transmitter and back-up generators

-

-

2.643

-

-

Te Papa

Contribution to refurbishment of Tory Street building to maximise current and future storage space for the presentation of collections and their presentation in future exhibitions

-

1.868

-

-

-

MCH

Purchase of land for a National Memorial Park in Wellington, and subsequent landscaping of the park

-

6.000

-

2.500

-

Total Capital

-

7.868

2.643

2.500

-

ENDS

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