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Labour's Arts Policy

Arts, Culture And Heritage


Labour’s vision sees the arts, culture and heritage sector making a huge contribution to our nation’s life, and being recognised and valued for its role in defining who and what we are. New Zealand’s creativity and heritage are priceless assets which define us to the world as a unique nation with our own distinctive images, perspectives, culture and heritage.


Labour has demonstrated its strong commitment to arts, culture, and heritage. The sector is thriving as never before. It is having a very positive impact on New Zealand's economic, cultural, and social life. Its success builds national identity and pride; brings pleasure to diverse audiences; enables New Zealanders to develop their creative talent; and secures economic advantage for New Zealand in the twenty first century.

Film Labour has:

• Introduced the Large Budget Screen Production Grant Scheme, to encourage the filming and production in New Zealand of large-budget films, by offering a grant to offset qualifying expenditure in New Zealand.

• Provided an initial capital injection of $22m through the Film Production Fund to encourage the production of New Zealand feature films, and in 2005 increased the Film Commission’s baseline funding by $10m per annum to ensure the momentum gained can be continued.

• Established the Screen Council to ensure that a strategic approach is taken to the development of the screen production industry.

• Increased funding to Film New Zealand, to enable it to continue its work in facilitating domestic and overseas film and television productions and to continue to foster the screen production sector's rapid expansion.

• Established a 'signature television' scheme to provide funding for high-quality one-off television drama productions, targeted at the section of the market between short films and television series, and full-length feature films.

Music Labour has:

• Introduced a voluntary quota of New Zealand music content on commercial radio, which saw radio play of New Zealand content reach 20.3 per cent in June 2005.

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• Established the Music Industry Commission to support the development of contemporary New Zealand music.

• Provided an additional $5.4 million to support export growth in the New Zealand music industry.

• Updated legislation governing the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra to put it on a sustainable footing and better reflect its status as a Crown entity, and ensured that the NZSO has sustainable funding so that it can perform to its full potential.

Creative New Zealand Labour has:

• Regularly increased the government portion of baseline funding from $2.3million in 1999 to $17.3 million in 2005, so that Creative New Zealand can offer secure funding for the visual and performing arts.

Royal New Zealand Ballet Labour has:

• Ensured that government funding for the Royal New Zealand Ballet is sufficient to enable it to plan ahead with confidence and to excel, as it has by delighting audiences at home and abroad.

Regional museums and galleries Labour has:

• Provided funding for Regional Museums capital construction projects to Auckland War Memorial Museum, Te Puke Ariki in New Plymouth, Eastern Southland Gallery in Gore, Te Aratoi in Masterton, the New Zealand Film Archive, Canterbury Museum, Nelson Provincial Museum, and the Dowse Art Museum in Lower Hutt.

Arts curriculum Labour has:

• Launched the Arts Strategy for schools and introduced the new the Arts Curriculum to help develop the imagination, flexibility and critical thinking of young New Zealanders.

Toi Iho Labour has:

• Developed and supported the Maori Made mark, Toi Iho, to assist the marketing of art and art forms being created and delivered by Maori. Over 170 artists are now registered with the scheme.

PACE Arts, Culture and Heritage Forward. Together 3 Labour has:

• Supported and promoted the Pathways to Arts and Cultural Employment (PACE) scheme, which by January 2005 had seen a total of 2,772 clients placed into employment.

Copyright Labour has:

• Passed the Copyright (Parallel Importation of Films and Onus of Proof) Amendment Act 2003, to give better protection to artists by making changes to the onus of proof in civil proceedings concerning the importation of specified copyright works (namely films, sound recordings and computer programs).

Literature Labour has:

• Provided additional funding of $1 million per annum to support New Zealand authors and literature.

Heritage Labour has:

• Established the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior and refurbished the National War Memorial to honour all those who have laid down their lives for New Zealand. It is a lasting tribute to our people lost in war, and a place of solace for their families.

• Established the National Heritage Preservation Incentive Fund, administered by the Historic Places Trust, to encourage the preservation of privately owned and nationallysignificant heritage properties that would otherwise be in danger of neglect or demolition.

• Provided funding for the construction of the Kerikeri Heritage Bypass, designed to protect the historic Kemp House and the Stone Store.

• Improved access to New Zealand's history through the funding of on-line projects such as Te Ara, the digital encyclopedia of New Zealand and the oral history website 'From Memory'

• Supported the publication of historical works by New Zealand authors, including a series of oral histories recording the memories of New Zealanders who served in World War II.

Cultural Diplomacy International Programme Labour has:

• Established the Cultural Diplomacy International Programme, with funding of $2.35 million per annum, to establish a New Zealand cultural presence in key overseas regions to boost our profile and economic, trade, tourism, diplomatic, and cultural interests.

Festivals Arts, Culture and Heritage

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Labour has:

• Established funds to sponsor New Zealand artists to international festivals including America’s Cup, LOTR Leveraging Fund, international trade fairs and showcases including SXSW (Austin), Summerstage (NY), and PopKomm (Germany).


Support the creative sector

Labour will:

• Continue to provide Prime Ministerial leadership to the portfolio to promote the central role of arts, culture, and heritage in building our nation.

• Continue to work with arts, culture, and heritage agencies at all levels to ensure that the sector continues to flourish.

• Ensure funding for Creative New Zealand is maintained at a level which enables it to provide secure ongoing funding to the visual and performing arts at both the national and community levels.

• Continue strong government support for the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra; the Royal New Zealand Ballet; Te Matatini, the national kapa haka organisation; and the Historic Places Trust.

• Continue to support the implementation of quota for New Zealand music on radio through the Voluntary Code of Practice on New Zealand Music and the Phase 4 initiative of New Zealand on Air, and work with the New Zealand Music Industry Commission to promote Kiwi music overall.

• Fund the International Music Market Development Programme to encourage the entry of New Zealand music repertoire and artists into global markets in order to: o Increase foreign exchange earnings from music, o Grow the domestic music industry, and o Help position New Zealand internationally as a centre of creative endeavour.

• Work with the creative, cultural, and tourism sectors and NZT&E to expand opportunities for export, for music, the screen production industries, and the visual arts, and continue to support cultural diplomacy initiatives to raise New Zealand’s profile internationally.

• Continue to work with leaders in the creative sectors to ensure that a strategic approach is taken to their development, barriers to development are addressed, and the potential benefits to the economy are realised.

• Continue to support the development of the New Zealand film industry to ensure that o New Zealand continues to be competitive as a location for international films and o our own stories are told.


Labour will:

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• Continue the strong focus within the Ministry of Culture and Heritage on New Zealand history projects and the official digital encyclopedia.

• Establish the New Zealand War Memorial Park to serve as a focus of remembrance for the sacrifice made by all New Zealand servicemen and women.

• Ensure the completion of the New Zealand memorial in the United Nations War Cemetery in Pusan, Korea.

• Finalise arrangements for the erection and dedication of the New Zealand Memorial in Hyde Park, London, commemorating New Zealand’s contribution to the defence of Britain in the 20th century.

• Investigate the establishment of a network of sites of national significance which are interpreted consistently and authoritatively to enhance the visitor experience and improve understanding of New Zealand’s historic heritage.

• Support the New Zealand Historic Places Trust in its vital work on behalf of our historic heritage.

Regional and community culture and heritage

Labour will:

• Work with local and regional government to o Develop resources which interpret the region’s cultural heritage.

o Promote cultural tourism, festivals and infrastructure which encourage communities to celebrate their heritage and culture.

• Work with museums at the local, regional and national level to encourage co-operation and improve accessibility of collections.

• Continue the highly successful policy to fund construction and refurbishment of regional museums and galleries with collections of national significance.

• Actively support initiatives at national and community level to encourage New Zealanders from all backgrounds to preserve, explore, and share their cultures.

• Work with disability arts organisations to encourage the culture and artistic talents of disabled people and support initiatives to broaden the range of literature, art and music which is available in accessible form to those with vision or hearing impairment.


Labour will:

• Review the legislation governing Creative New Zealand, to ensure there is an appropriate balance between support and encouragement of the professional arts and regional and community level arts culture and heritage.

Arts, Culture and Heritage

• Update the New Zealand Film Commission Act, to recognise the development of the sector and industry since 1978.

• Investigate ways of ensuring that films, television programmes and music that have been funded by public organisations are available to other New Zealanders for the purpose of study or historical research.

• Review and if necessary strengthen legislation relating to intellectual property and copyright, penalties for piracy, monitoring of parallel importing, and protection of traditional knowledge.

• Examine developments internationally relating to re-sale royalties for artists, and their possible application to New Zealand.

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