Heritage New Zealand

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Heritage New Zealand
Pouhere Taonga
Type Crown entity
PurposeProtecting New Zealand's heritage
Headquarters Antrim House, Boulcott Street
Location
Region served
New Zealand
Chair
Hon. Marian Hobbs
Main organ
Board of Trustees
Affiliations Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage
Ministry for Culture and Heritage
Department of Conservation
Te Puni Kōkiri
Budget
NZ$12,975,000 [1]
Website www.heritage.org.nz

Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga (initially the National Historic Places Trust and then, from 1963 to 2014, the New Zealand Historic Places Trust) (Māori : Pouhere Taonga) is a Crown entity with a membership of around 20,000 people that advocates for the protection of ancestral sites and heritage buildings in New Zealand. It was set up through the Historic Places Act 1954 with a mission to "...promote the identification, protection, preservation and conservation of the historical and cultural heritage of New Zealand" and is an autonomous Crown entity. Its current enabling legislation is the Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Act 2014.

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History

Charles Bathurst, 1st Viscount Bledisloe gifted the site where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed to the nation in 1932. The subsequent administration through the Waitangi Trust is sometimes seen as the beginning of formal heritage protection in New Zealand. Public discussion about heritage protection occurred in 1940 in conjunction with the centenary of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi. The purchase of Pompallier House in 1943 by the government further raised the issue of how historic buildings should be cared for. [2]

Duncan Rae, the MP representing the Parnell electorate, suggested that a heritage organisation should be set up and put in a private member's bill. Whilst this did not proceed, the First National Government of New Zealand (of which he was a member) took responsibility of the issue and the Historic Places Act 1954 was passed, which established the National Historic Places Trust as a non-governmental organisation (NGO). The trust was governed by a 12-member board plus a chairman, and they first met in 1955. The National Historic Places Trust came under the responsibility of the Minister of Internal Affairs. The composition of the board was defined in the legislation and the board was appointed on the recommendation of the minister. The name of the organisation was changed to New Zealand Historic Places Trust in 1963. [3]

Early work undertaken by the trust included the recording of Māori rock paintings, as some sites were to be submerged, e.g. through the Waipapa Dam and Benmore Dam. In 1961, the trust bought Te Waimate mission, the second-oldest building in New Zealand. In Akaroa, the trust enabled the Akaroa County Council via a significant grant to buy the Eteveneaux cottage, which serves as a link to Akaroa's French past. [4] [5] [6]

In 2004, the New Zealand Historic Places Trust became an autonomous crown entity. On 14 April 2014, the organisation's name changed to Heritage New Zealand. Later that year, the enabling legislation—Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Act 2014—was passed. There were changes in governance introduced by the new legislation, e.g. the branch committees were dispensed with. The legislation, which came into effect on 20 May 2014, also finished the transition from an NGO to a crown entity. [7] [8]

Governance

It is governed by a board, appointed by the Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage and currently chaired by Hon. Marian Hobbs, and a Māori Heritage Council, currently chaired by Sir John Clarke. Past chairs include Dame Anne Salmond. The head office is in Antrim House, Wellington, while regional and area offices are in Kerikeri, Auckland, Tauranga, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin.

Publication

It publishes the quarterly magazine Heritage New Zealand.

Listings

Buildings owned by Heritage New Zealand include the Kerikeri Mission House, the Stone Store, and the Te Waimate Mission house. [9]

New Zealand Heritage List / Rārangi Kōrero

The New Zealand Heritage List / Rārangi Kōrero (formerly known as the Register) is divided into five main areas:

The historic places are organised in two categories:

As of 2014, the register contains over 5,600 entries. [10] The Canterbury earthquakes of September 2010 and February 2011 resulted in damage to a number of historic buildings in Christchurch. Post-earthquake redevelopment has caused a significant loss of heritage buildings in Christchurch. [11]

Māori Heritage Council

The Māori Heritage Council (MHC) sits within Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga and was established by the Historic Places Act 1993. The functions of the Council [12] include:

As of 2014 Sir John Clarke is the chair of the MHC.

Equivalent function outside New Zealand

See also

Related Research Articles

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<span class="mw-page-title-main">Treaty House</span> Historic building in New Zealand

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<span class="mw-page-title-main">Te Waimate Mission</span>

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<span class="mw-page-title-main">Mission House</span> Historic residential building

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<span class="mw-page-title-main">Stone Store</span> Historic building in New Zealand

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<span class="mw-page-title-main">Waimate North</span> Place in Northland Region, New Zealand

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<span class="mw-page-title-main">Tikitiki</span> Place in Gisborne Region, New Zealand

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<span class="mw-page-title-main">Waitangi Treaty Monument</span>

The Waitangi Treaty Monument, also known as the Te Tii memorial, is registered with Heritage New Zealand as a Category I structure.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Christ Church, Russell</span>

Christ Church is New Zealand's oldest surviving church. Built in 1835 by Gilbert Mair under the supervision of Charles Baker in the village of Russell, the Anglican church originally held services in both English and Māori. It was also occasionally used as the local courthouse. On 30 January 1840, it was the site of Captain William Hobson's proclamation that New Zealand would be ruled through New South Wales and that he would serve as Lieutenant Governor of New Zealand. The cost of its construction was contributed to by Charles Darwin. The church was visited by Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip in 1963. The New Zealand Prime Minister David Lange and the country's Governor-General Sir Paul Reeves visited the church on its 150th anniversary in 1986. After a restoration in 2000, it was made into a tourist attraction.

Arthur's Stone, located near Kerikeri, is recognised as New Zealand's earliest monument to a Pākehā (European). It was erected in November 1840, by Reverend Richard Taylor in memory of his 10-year-old son Arthur who died at the site as a result of a fall from a horse. The stone was entered into the Heritage New Zealand list of historic places on 14 May 2008, as a Category 1 List No:7743.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Takapūneke</span> Place in Christchurch City, New Zealand

Takapūneke, with the location also known as Red House Bay, is a former kāinga—an unfortified Māori village—adjacent to present-day Akaroa, New Zealand. Takapūneke was a major trading post for the local iwi (tribe), Ngāi Tahu, as there was safe anchorage for European vessels. The site is of significance to Ngāi Tahu as their tribal chief, Tama-i-hara-nui, was captured here by North Island Ngāti Toa chief Te Rauparaha, and then tortured and killed. The village itself was raided and subject of a massacre, with the events subsequently called the Elizabeth affair. There is a direct link from the massacre in 1830 to the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, giving the site a status of national significance.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Oamaru Opera House</span> Opera house and former town hall in New Zealand

The Oamaru Opera House and former Town Hall in Oamaru is a historic building and current performance venue on the east coast of the South Island of New Zealand. The building is classified as a "Category I" historic place by Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga, previously known as the New Zealand Historic Places Trust.

References

  1. Annual Report 2007-8
  2. McLintock, A. H., ed. (1966). "New Zealand Historic Places Trust". An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand. Wellington: Ministry for Culture and Heritage. ISBN   978-0-478-18451-8 . Retrieved 7 February 2020.
  3. McLintock, A. H., ed. (1966). "Constitution of the Trust". An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand. Wellington: Ministry for Culture and Heritage. ISBN   978-0-478-18451-8 . Retrieved 7 February 2020.
  4. McLintock, A. H., ed. (1966). "Functions of the Trust". An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand. Wellington: Ministry for Culture and Heritage. ISBN   978-0-478-18451-8 . Retrieved 7 February 2020.
  5. "Te Waimate Mission House". New Zealand Heritage List/Rārangi Kōrero. Heritage New Zealand . Retrieved 7 February 2020.
  6. "Langlois-Eteveneaux House (Former)". New Zealand Heritage List/Rārangi Kōrero. Heritage New Zealand . Retrieved 7 February 2020.
  7. "New Zealand Historic Places Trust becomes Heritage NZ". Ministry for Culture and Heritage. 7 October 2019. Retrieved 8 February 2020.
  8. "Introduction to Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga". Heritage New Zealand. Retrieved 7 February 2020.
  9. "Welcome to Heritage New Zealand". Welcome to Heritage New Zealand. Retrieved 7 August 2023.
  10. "About the List". New Zealand Historic Places Trust. Archived from the original on 30 August 2012. Retrieved 18 February 2020.
  11. "Heritage Lost Canterbury Earthquakes". New Zealand Historic Places Trust. Archived from the original on 25 June 2013. Retrieved 25 June 2013.
  12. "Māori Heritage Council on the Historic Places Trust website". Archived from the original on 27 May 2013. Retrieved 26 April 2009.