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Arts policy builds on cultural renaissance

6 November 2008

Arts policy builds on cultural renaissance

Prime Minister Helen Clark today pledged Labour’s strong ongoing commitment for New Zealand’s Arts, Culture and Heritage sectors.

Labour today released its Arts, Culture and Heritage policy, which focuses on building on the renaissance in the cultural sector that began in 1999.

“Our arts, cultural and heritage organisations have thrived as a result of the increased investment under Labour, with funding for the sector, including broadcasting, increasing from $97 million in 1999 to $286 million in 2008,” Helen Clark said.

“Labour believes that our arts, cultural and heritage sectors and creative industries have an important role to play in contributing to New Zealand’s economic growth and enriching our communities.

“Labour will continue to increase the level of funding and support for arts, culture and heritage, and provide Prime Ministerial leadership to the portfolio.

“The incomes and intellectual property rights of artists will also be enhanced, and fast-changing technology will be utilised to boost capacity and access to the sector,” Judith Tizard said.

“A strategic approach will be taken to develop the creative sectors, including an arts festival to take advantage of opportunities from the Rugby World Cup 2011, and from other significant events.

“New Zealand increasingly has an international reputation for being creative and innovative, and our creative industries make a strong contribution to economic growth. We are committed to encouraging these opportunities,” Helen Clark said.

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