Conservation Plans

A conservation plan is a guiding document for the conservation, care and management of a historic place. Typically, a conservation plan describes a place and its history and identifies its significance and heritage values. It establishes conservation policies to safeguard those values and makes recommendations through which the policies can be put into action. 

These current conservation plans for the properties that Heritage New Zealand cares for provide a valuable information source for people interested in these places and are also useful examples for those who are considering having a conservation plan prepared for their place.

It is through understanding a place and its stories that its heritage values can be appreciated and in turn, cared for. A conservation plan provides valuable information to achieve this.

The Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Act 2014 sets out the process by which Heritage New Zealand may adopt a conservation plan. This process includes publicly notifying a draft plan to seek public comment.  Heritage New Zealand is in the process of reviewing conservation plans for properties it manages and as these are notified, they will be made available on the Currently Consulting On page of this website.  Finalised plans will be uploaded to our website after being approved by the Heritage New Zealand Board (as below).

These are usually very large documents so may not be well-suited to download on mobile devices. 

Kerikeri Mission House Conservation Plan
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Mission House, Kerikeri Conservation Plan

August 2017. Prepared by Chris Cochran, Conservation Architect, for Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga.

The Mission House at Kerikeri is New Zealand’s oldest standing building, dating to 1822 . Its story begins with the early period of contact between the indigenous people of Aotearoa and the European settlers. Also known as 'Kemp House', it was erected by the London-based Church Missionary Society to support their work in the area. The Mission House was gifted to the nation in 1974 by James Kemp’s great grandson.

The plan presents the history of the Kerikeri Mission and the Mission House to the present day, reviews the modifications that have occurred over time, and provides guidance for future work on the house, its management, and interpretation.

Download the Kerikeri Mission House conservation plan (pdf  4.9 mb).


Old St Paul's Conservation Plan
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Old St Paul's Conservation Plan

August 2016. Prepared by Cochran and Murray Conservation Architects with Michael Kelly (Heritage Consultant) and Elizabeth Cox (Bay Heritage Consultants) for Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga.

Old St Paul’s Church and its grounds in Wellington constitute an Historic Reserve under the Reserves Act 1977. The church and land are owned by the Crown and are vested in Heritage New Zealand, which is responsible for its care and maintenance. It sits on a part of Pipitea Pā, with which it remains closely connected today.  

The plan is a revision of the Old St Paul’s Conservation Plan (Kelly and Cochran) prepared in March 2001. This plan varies from the earlier one by being more comprehensive, but does not include information on the condition of the building or its maintenance. These will be dealt with separately, referring to the policies in this document.

Download the Old St Paul's Conservation Plan (pdf, 12.5mb).


Melanesian Mission Conservation Plan
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Melanesian Mission Building (former), Auckland

Updated February 2016. Prepared by Salmond Reed Architects for Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga.

The Melanesian Mission house is located in Mission Bay, Auckland. Following its acquisition by Heritage New Zealand, the Mission House served for a time as a museum, and since then as a restaurant or tearooms under a succession of tenants. 

This plan reviews and updates the original conservation plan prepared in 1990 particularly regarding the history of use and change since then. The recommended conservation policies have been revised to reflect the current state of the building and to act as a guide for seismic strengthening, engagement and repairs; and for future adaptive reuse.

Download the Melanesian Mission conservation plan (pdf, 10.9mb).


Pompallier Gardens and Grounds Conservation Plan
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Pompallier House Historic Reserve Gardens and Grounds, Bay of Islands

June 2014. Prepared by Sue McManaway, Lisa Mein, Amos Kamo, John Jeffcock and Rachel de Lambert, Boffa Miskell for Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga. This plan is specific to the garden and grounds.

Pompallier House Historic Reserve (the Reserve) is located in Russell. It encompasses not only the well-known historic Pompallier Mission printery, but also its extensive gardens and grounds, neighbouring Clendon Cottage, and part of a significant pa. The Pompallier and Clendon properties are at the centre of the intertwining contact period of Maori and European, particularly French and English, history.

A conservation plan was prepared for the Pompallier printery in 1990, which guided restoration works to the building. Subsequently, Heritage New Zealand decided that that future restoration works would be guided by a conservation plan specific to the gardens and grounds.

Download the Pompallier Gardens and Grounds conservation plan (pdf, 26.5mb).


Pencarrow Lighthouse Conservation Plan
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Pencarrow Lighthouse, Wellington

December 2009.   Prepared by Paul Cummack and Helen McCracken with Alison Dangerfield for the New Zealand Historic Places Trust and the Department of Conservation. 

The original Pencarrow Lighthouse is positioned at the mouth of Wellington Harbour, at the top of the cliffs at Pencarrow Head, and was officially commissioned on 1  January 1859.  This is the first permanent lighthouse established in New Zealand.  One of the main issues Heritage New Zealand faces is the high level of maintenance required to protect the tower from the severe environment and ongoing vandalism.  

While it has been subject to a regular and effective preventative maintenance programme, there are areas of repair work that are essential to undertake and continue for Pencarrow Lighthouse to remain a well-preserved structure.  This plan includes specialist information that will assist this work.

Download the Pencarrow Lighthouse conservation plan (pdf, 13.8mb).