Introduction to Heritage New Zealand

Heritage New Zealand is the leading national historic heritage agency. We operate in an environment marked by a growing interest in heritage, recognition of its social, cultural, environmental and economic benefits to our country, and awareness of its importance to national identity. 

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Heritage New Zealand is an autonomous Crown Entity under the Crown Entities Act 2004. It is supported by the Government and funded via Vote Arts, Culture and Heritage through the Ministry for Culture and Heritage.  Its work, powers and functions are prescribed by the Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Act 2014.

Most protective mechanisms for land-based historic heritage are administered by local authorities through their District Plan policies and heritage listings under the Resource Management Act 1991, although Heritage New Zealand retains regulatory responsibilities regarding archaeological sites.

It is currently governed by a Board of Trustees, assisted by a Māori Heritage Council.  The national office is in Wellington, with regional and area offices in Kerikeri, Auckland, Tauranga, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin, and a portfolio of 43 historic properties we care for around the country.

­Tairangahia a tua whakarere; tatakihia ngā reanga ō āmuri ake nei – Honouring the past; inspiring the future.

Ko te tūmanako, me haere tahi tātou. Let us do this together.

Vision Tirohanga

Our heritage is valued, respected and preserved for present and future generations

Ko ā tātau taonga tuku iho, e kaingākautia ana, e whakanuitia ana, e tiakina ana mō ā tātau whakatipuranga,o nāianei, o ā muri iho nei.

Mission Whakatautanga

To identify, protect and promote heritage

Kia mohiotia atu, kia tiakina, kia hāpaingia ā tātau taonga tuku iho.

Values Ngā Uaratanga a te Taonga Tuku iho

The heritage places of New Zealand:
  • Are rich, varied and unique 
  • Are central to our national identity and well-being, now and in the future 
  •  Embody the stories of all generations, cultures, traditions and communities 
  • Include the heritage places of Māori which are integral to their whakapapa and identity 
  • Make a creative contribution to the diversity of our national life 
  • Deserve the best recognition and care for the benefit of future generations 
  • Are resources for increasing economic growth including tourism.

Ko ngā wāhi taonga tuku iho o Aotearoa: 

  • E whai hua ana, e momo whānui ana, e ahurei noa ana 
  • E toro tia mai ana ko wai tātau, he oranga hoki i nāianei, ā muri iho nei hoki 
  • E eke ana ki ngā kōrero whakatipuranga, ki ngā tikanga me ngā kawa a ngā hau kāinga 
  • E pūmau ana ki ngā wāhi taonga tuku iho a te Māori, ki ōna whakapapa, ki ona mana motuhake 
  • E toi mārama ana, te rerekētanga a ā tātau noho oranga 
  • E whai hua atu ana ki ā tātau rawa pērā ki te tāpoitanga 
  • E tika ana me tiaki pūmau, he oranga hoki mō ngā whakatpuranga a muri iho.