Releases

Arts, Culture and Heritage
Thu 14 Jul 2016
The 2016 New Zealand International Film Festival will showcase our thriving film industry and distinctive identity, Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Maggie Barry says. “Eight New Zealand feature films have their world premieres at the festival, with Poi E: The Story of Our Song by Tearepa Kahi a sold out opening night feature in both Auckland and Wellington,” Ms Barry says. Launching in Auckland tonight, this year’s line-up brings more than 160 features and documentaries to the big screen in 13 towns and cities. ...
Arts, Culture and Heritage
Fri 8 Jul 2016
Two new appointments to the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa Board have been announced by Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Maggie Barry. Auckland businessman Sir Rob Fenwick and experienced director Abby Foote of Christchurch will take up their positions on August 1. Board Chair Evan Williams will continue in the role he has held since 2013, with existing members Dayle Mace and Paul Majurey also reappointed. ...
Arts, Culture and Heritage
Fri 1 Jul 2016
Four new appointments and two reappointments to the Arts Council have been announced by Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Maggie Barry. “Philanthropist Dame Jenny Gibbs, experienced arts sector leader Roger King and highly regarded Māori arts leaders Karl Johnstone and Professor Taiarahia Black are the new appointments to the council,” Ms Barry says. ...
Arts, Culture and Heritage
Wed 22 Jun 2016
Former Wellington mayor Kerry Prendergast has been appointed Chair of the New Zealand Film Commission, Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Maggie Barry has announced. “Mayor of the capital from 2001-2010 and now chair of both the Environmental Protection Authority and Tourism New Zealand boards, Ms Prendergast brings extensive experience in governance to the role,” Ms Barry says. She replaces outgoing chair Dame Patsy Reddy, who will be New Zealand’s next Governor-General. ...