New Zealand Historic Places Trust

New Zealand Historic Places Trust
New Zealand Historic Places Trust

New Zealand Historic Places Trust logo
Purpose/focus Protecting heritage buildings in New Zealand
Headquarters Antrim House, Boulcott Street
Location Wellington, New Zealand
Region served New Zealand
Chairman John Acland
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]

The New Zealand Historic Places Trust (Māori: Pouhere Taonga) is a non-profit trust 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.

It is governed by a Board of Trustees, currently chaired by John Acland, and a Māori Heritage Council, currently chaired by 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.

It publishes the quarterly magazine New Zealand Heritage.

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


The Register

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

  • Historic Places
  • Historic Areas
  • Wahi Tapu (Māori sacred sites)
  • Wahi Tapu Areas

The historic places are organised in two categories:

  • Category I - "...places of 'special or outstanding historical or cultural heritage significance or value' "
  • Category II - "...places of 'historical or cultural heritage significance or value' "

As of 2011, the register contains over 5,500 entries.[2] The earthquakes in September 2010 and February 2011 have caused a significant loss of heritage buildings in Christchurch.[3]

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:

  • the protection and registration of wahi tapu and wahi tapu areas
  • assisting the Trust to develop and reflect a bicultural view in the exercise of its powers and functions
  • providing assistance to whanau, hapu and Iwi in the preservation and management of their heritage resources
  • consideration of recommendations in relation to archaeological sites
  • advocacy of the interests of the Trust and Council so far as they relate to Māori heritage at any public or Māori forum.


Equivalent status outside New Zealand

See also


External links

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