Advocating for Heritage

Advocating for heritage at all levels is critical for Heritage New Zealand.  It regularly makes submissions on governmental policy development and legislative framework.  Research relevant to heritage and heritage management is part of our advisory role.

National Assessments of RMA Policies and Plans - Heritage Provisions

The national assessments provide an overview of Resource Management Act (RMA) district plan provisions relating to historic heritage.  The assessments evaluate plans against a range of indicators based on:

This enables comparable assessments and tracking of progress to protect historic heritage by local authorities in New Zealand.  The assessment is carried out every three years.


National assessment of RMA policies and plans 2018
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National Assessment of RMA Policies and Plans - Heritage Provisions 2018

The 2018 Assessment evaluated plans against a range of indicators and continues to focus on risks to historic heritage and plan provisions that facilitate safety upgrades (e.g. earthquake strengthening). It also examines the framework linking regional policy statement objectives and policies to objectives, policies and rules in district plans. 

Download a copy of the 2018 National Assessment (pdf, 1.8mb).

National assessment of RMA policies and plans 2016
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National Assessment of RMA Policy and Plans - Heritage Provisions 2015

Heritage New Zealand published previous national assessments of RMA heritage policy and plan provisions in 2009, 2011 2013 and 2015.

The 2015 national assessment (pdf, 653kb) examined the risks to historic heritage and assessed district plan provisions that promote building safety, such as earthquake strengthening and fire safety.