Magnitude 7.8 Kaikoura Earthquake, 2016: Archaeological Authority Process

A simplified and streamlined process has been set up to quickly consider work that affects archaeological sites in areas where a civil defence emergency or a local or national transition period has been notified.  This advice relates to the districts of Kaikoura, Canterbury, HurunuiMarlborough and Wellington City only.

Contact details for other regions are available here.

In the districts of Kaikoura, Canterbury, Hurunui, Marlborough and Wellington City, any work related to the 2016 magnitude 7.8 earthquake "for the purposes of saving or protecting life or preventing serious damage to property or any historic place" (s94 of the Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Act), can go ahead without the need for an archaeological authority.

An archaeological authority (under Subpart 3 Emergency Authorities, Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Act 2014) may be required for all other work which will modify or destroy an archaeological site. The application form is available here (for the districts of Kaikoura, Canterbury and Hurunui) or here (for Marlborough District and Wellington City).

Heritage New Zealand must process Emergency Authorities within three (3) days after having received an application, or five (5) days where the application relates to a site of interest to Maori. Following the issue of the authority, an appeal period of 14 days applies before the authority may be exercised. 

For help and advice about the emergency archaeological authority process in the Kaikoura, Canterbury and Hurunui districts, please contact:

Heritage New Zealand Southern Regional Office
tel: (03) 363 1880 or 027 688 9741

email: archaeologistcw@heritage.org.nz

For help and advice about the emergency archaeological authority process in the Marlborough district and Wellington City areas, please contact:

Heritage New Zealand Central Regional Office
tel: 021 390 367

email: applicationCE@heritage.org.nz (for Marlborough District) or applicationCW@heritage.org.nz (for Wellington City).