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Funding support for cultural organisations

Rates payments help fund the Auckland War Memorial Museum, the Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT) and the Auckland Regional Amenities Funding Board (ARAFB).

Three Auckland cultural organisations were paid $67.8m for the 2022-2023 financial year. This amount represents 3.4 per cent of Aucklanders’ annual rates payments.

They are funded through levy requests that are made under legislation specific to each entity.

Through annual public consultations you can have your say on each organisation’s strategy, goals and expectations for the coming year.

Auckland cultural organisations we support

Auckland War Memorial Museum

The Auckland War Memorial Museum (AWMM) plays a vital role in preserving and sharing the unique history and culture of Auckland and New Zealand. It attracts visitors from across the country and around the world.

Exhibits include:

  • Māori and Pacific collections
  • natural history resources
  • social and military history collections
  • decorative arts and pictorial collections.

The museum also holds lectures, performances, events, tours, school programmes and exhibitions.

It operates under Auckland War Memorial Museum Act 1996.  For more information, see the Auckland War Memorial Museum website.

Our funding to AWMM 2022-2023

We paid Auckland War Memorial Museum $32.2m for the 2022-2023 financial year.

Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT)

MOTAT is New Zealand's largest transport and technology museum.

Located in Western Springs, MOTAT displays technologies and inventions from the steam age through to more modern innovations.

Regular exhibitions, programmes, interactive activities and collections teach visitors about our transport heritage, including tram, rail and road transport, plus aviation and military aircraft.

MOTAT operates under the Museum of Transport and Technology Act 2000.

For more information, see the Museum of Transport and Technology website.

Our funding to MOTAT 2022-2023

We paid MOTAT $18.6m for the 2022-2023 financial year.

Auckland Regional Amenities Funding Board (ARAFB)

The Auckland Regional Amenities Funding Board (ARAFB) funds arts, culture, recreational, heritage and rescue organisations, plus others Auckland services.

For more information see Auckland Regional Amenities Funding Board.

Our funding to ARAFB 2022-23

We paid ARAFB $16.9m for the 2022-2023 financial year.

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