Heritage New Zealand

Last updated
Heritage New Zealand

New Zealand Historic Places Trust logo.svg

New Zealand Historic Places Trust logo
Purpose Protecting New Zealand's heritage
Headquarters Antrim House, Boulcott Street
Region served
New Zealand
Wyatt Creech
Main organ
Board of Trustees
Affiliations Minister for Arts Culture and Heritage
Ministry for Culture and Heritage
Department of Conservation
Te Puni Kōkiri
NZ$12,975,000 [1]
Website www.heritage.org.nz

Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga, (previously until 2014 named 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.

Māori language Polynesian language spoken by New Zealand Māori

Māori, also known as te reo, is an Eastern Polynesian language spoken by the Māori people, the indigenous population of New Zealand. Closely related to Cook Islands Māori, Tuamotuan, and Tahitian, it gained recognition as one of New Zealand's official languages in 1987. The number of speakers of the language has declined sharply since 1945, but a Māori language revitalisation effort slowed the decline, and the language has experienced a revival, particularly since about 2015.

A Crown entity is an organisation that forms part of New Zealand's state sector established under the Crown Entities Act 2004, a unique umbrella governance and accountability statute. The Crown Entities Act is based on the corporate model where the governance of the organisation is split from the management of the organisation.

New Zealand Country in Oceania

New Zealand is a sovereign island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. The country geographically comprises two main landmasses—the North Island, and the South Island —and around 600 smaller islands. New Zealand is situated some 2,000 kilometres (1,200 mi) east of Australia across the Tasman Sea and roughly 1,000 kilometres (600 mi) south of the Pacific island areas of New Caledonia, Fiji, and Tonga. Because of its remoteness, it was one of the last lands to be settled by humans. During its long period of isolation, New Zealand developed a distinct biodiversity of animal, fungal, and plant life. The country's varied topography and its sharp mountain peaks, such as the Southern Alps, owe much to the tectonic uplift of land and volcanic eruptions. New Zealand's capital city is Wellington, while its most populous city is Auckland.



It is governed by a Board of Trustees, currently chaired by Shonagh Kenderdine, and a Māori Heritage Council, currently chaired by Sir Tumu Te Heuheu. 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.

Māori people Indigenous Polynesian people of New Zealand

The Māori are the indigenous Polynesian people of New Zealand. Māori originated with settlers from eastern Polynesia, who arrived in New Zealand in several waves of canoe voyages some time between 1250 and 1300. Over several centuries in isolation, the Polynesian settlers developed a unique culture, with their own language, a rich mythology, and distinctive crafts and performing arts. Early Māori formed tribal groups based on eastern Polynesian social customs and organisation. Horticulture flourished using plants they introduced; later, a prominent warrior culture emerged.

Tumu Te Heuheu Ngati Tuwharetoa leader

Sir Tumu Te Heuheu Tukino VIII is a New Zealand Māori tribal leader. He is the eighth elected chief of the Ngāti Tūwharetoa iwi in the central North Island, and an influential figure among Māori people throughout New Zealand.

Dame Mary Anne Salmond is a New Zealand anthropologist, environmentalist and writer. She was New Zealander of the Year in 2013.


It publishes the quarterly magazine New Zealand Heritage.


Buildings owned by Heritage New Zealand include the Mission House, the Stone Store, and the Te Waimate mission house.

Mission House historic residential building

The Mission House at Kerikeri in New Zealand was completed in 1822 as part of the Kerikeri Mission Station by the Church Missionary Society, and is New Zealand’s oldest surviving building. It is sometimes known as Kemp House.

Stone Store

The Stone Store at Kerikeri in the Bay of Islands is New Zealand’s oldest surviving stone building.

Te Waimate mission

Te Waimate Mission was the fourth mission station established in New Zealand and the first settlement inland from the Bay of Islands. The members of the Church Missionary Society (CMS) appointed to establish Te (the) Waimate Mission at Waimate North were the Rev. William Yate and lay members Richard Davis, George Clarke and James Hamlin.

The Register

The register of historic places is divided into four main areas:

The historic places are organised in two categories:

As of 2013, the register contains over 5,600 entries. [2] 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. [3]

2010 Canterbury earthquake September 2010 earthquake in New Zealand

The 2010 Canterbury earthquake struck the South Island of New Zealand with a moment magnitude of 7.1 at 4:35 am local time on 4 September, and had a maximum perceived intensity of X (Extreme) on the Mercalli intensity scale. Some damaging aftershocks followed the main event, the strongest of which was a magnitude 6.3 shock known as the Christchurch earthquake that occurred nearly six months later on 22 February 2011. Because this aftershock was centred very close to Christchurch, it was much more destructive and resulted in the deaths of 185 people.

Māori Heritage Council

The Māori Heritage Council sits within the New Zealand Historic Places Trust and was established by the Historic Places Act 1993. The functions of the Council [4] include:

Historic Places Act 1993 Act of the Parliament of the New Zealand Parliament

The Historic Places Act 1993 was an Act of the New Zealand Parliament. It defines Heritage New Zealand and its roles of preserving, marking and recording places of historic interest in New Zealand.

As of 2013 Sir Tumu Te Heuheu is the Chair of the MHC.

Equivalent function outside New Zealand

See also

Related Research Articles

A taonga is now a treasure in Māori culture; it can be anything from a word to a memory. The current definition differs from the historical definition, noted by Hongi Hika as "property procured by the spear" [one could understand this as war booty or defended property].

Kaikoura Minor urban area in Canterbury, New Zealand

Kaikoura is a town on the east coast of the South Island of New Zealand. It is located on State Highway 1, 180 km north of Christchurch.

Christchurch Girls High School

Christchurch Girls' High School in Christchurch, New Zealand, was established in 1877 and is the second oldest girls' secondary school in the country.

Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision

Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision is the operating name for The New Zealand Archive of Film, Television and Sound Ngā Taonga Whitiāhua Me Ngā Taonga Kōrero. The archive was launched on 31 July 2014, following the completion of a three-year process whereby the New Zealand Film Archive "absorbed" the collections and operations of the RNZ Sound Archives Ngā Taonga Kōrero in 2012 and the Television New Zealand Archive in 2014.

The architecture of New Zealand is influenced by various cultures but it is predominantly of a European style. Polynesian influence is also seen in some areas.

Old Government Buildings, Wellington heritage wooden building in Wellington, New Zealand

The Government Buildings Historic Reserve, or more commonly referred to as the Old Government Buildings, is situated on Lambton Quay in Wellington. It was completed in 1876, and until 1998 was the second-largest wooden building in the world.

Cape Brett Lighthouse Station lighthouse in New Zealand

Cape Brett Lighthouse is a lighthouse at Cape Brett in the Northland Region of the North Island of New Zealand. The site was surveyed and chosen in 1908 by Captain John Bollons of NZGSS Hinemoa.

Tikitiki Place in Gisborne Region, New Zealand

Tikitiki is a small town in Waiapu Valley on the north bank of the Waiapu River in the Gisborne Region of the North Island of New Zealand. The area in which the town resides was formerly known as Kahukura. By road, Tikitiki is 145 km (90 mi) north-northeast of Gisborne, 20 km (12 mi) northeast by north of Ruatoria, and 24 km (15 mi) south by east of Te Araroa. The name of the town comes from the full name of Māui, Māui-tikitiki-a-Taranga. State Highway 35 passes through the town at the easternmost point of the New Zealand state highway network.

Cliff Whiting New Zealand artist

Clifford Hamilton Whiting was a New Zealand Māori artist, heritage advocate and teacher. Whiting was born and raised in Te Kaha, New Zealand, and affiliated to the Te Whānau-ā-Apanui tribe.

Chief Post Office, Christchurch

The Chief Post Office or Christchurch Central Post Office, originally known as the Government Building, is located in Cathedral Square, Christchurch, New Zealand. The building was initially a post office with other government services. Until the 2011 Christchurch earthquake, it was a Visitor Information Centre but has since been inaccessible, as access for the public to the central city has been removed. It was the site of the first telephone exchange in New Zealand. The structure is registered with Heritage New Zealand as a Category I heritage building.

Cranmer Centre

The Cranmer Centre was a historic building in Christchurch, New Zealand. Its original use, until 1986, was as the Christchurch Girls' High School, the second high school for girls in the country. Registered with the New Zealand Historic Places Trust as a Category I heritage building, it was purchased by Arts Centre of Christchurch Trust in 2001, and demolished in May 2011 following the February 2011 Christchurch earthquake.

Hepi Te Heuheu VII Ngati Tuwharetoa leader, trust board chairman

Sir Hepi Hoani Te Heuheu Tukino VII, KBE was the seventh elected chief of the Ngāti Tūwharetoa iwi, a Māori tribe of the central North Island, and an influential figure among Māori people throughout New Zealand.

Christ Church, Taita Church in Lower Hutt, New Zealand

Christ Church in Taita, Lower Hutt is the oldest surviving church in the Wellington region of New Zealand.

Waiapu Valley Place in Gisborne Region, New Zealand

Waiapu Valley, also known as the Waiapu catchment, Waiapu River valley or simply Waiapu, is a valley in the north of the Gisborne Region on the East Coast of the North Island of New Zealand. It is the catchment area for the Waiapu River and its tributaries, and covers 1,734 square kilometres (670 sq mi). The Raukumara Range forms the western side of the valley, with Mount Hikurangi in the central west. The towns of Ruatoria and Tikitiki are in the north-east of the valley.

Lyttelton Road Tunnel Administration Building

The Lyttelton Road Tunnel Administration Building was built in the mid-1960s as an operational building for the Lyttelton road tunnel in Christchurch, New Zealand. The building was designed by architect Peter Beaven and is seen as significant in the development of New Zealand architecture.

Taylor-Stace Cottage historic cottage in Pauatahanui, New Zealand

Taylor-Stace Cottage, built in 1847, is the oldest surviving house of European origin in the Wellington region of New Zealand. The cottage is classified as a Category I historic place by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust. Taylor-Stace Cottage was built by immigrants William and Anne Taylor, who had come to New Zealand in 1840.

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 May 14, 2008, as a Category 1 List No:7743.


  1. Annual Report 2007-8
  2. "About the Register". New Zealand Historic Places Trust. Retrieved 10 February 2011.
  3. "Heritage Lost Canterbury Earthquakes". New Zealand Historic Places Trust. Retrieved 25 June 2013.
  4. "Māori Heritage Council on the Historic Places Trust website" . Retrieved 2009-04-26.